- Amin Elhassan, ESPN Staff Writer
Day 1 on the job for Phil Jackson in New York was a smashing success. The introductory news conference and ensuing media carousel accomplished everything the Knicks had hoped for, establishing credibility and trust in the organization among a fan base and media corps that have had little to exalt and much to malign. While the day was a shot of morale for a franchise that's 4½ games out of the playoff picture and 13 games under .500, there's still a lot of work to be done to build New York as a destination for contending basketball.
First and foremost has to be winning over the Knicks' offensively gifted forward Carmelo Anthony and maximizing his talents as the centerpiece of the franchise. Jackson called Anthony "maybe the best individual isolation player in the game" and reiterated that Anthony is a part of the future plans in New York, stating that "there are a number of things I see Carmelo doing as he moves forward, and ... as great a player as he is, still has another level he can go to."
That other level Jackson is referring to is the leap that superstars like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant made when they embraced the principles and philosophies of the triangle offense. Here is a look at how Anthony could take the same leap.
3hSteve Ilardi and Jeremias Engelmann