New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and head coach Derek Fisher spoke to the media on Friday, and there were several notable tidbits to come out of their press conference. Most importantly, Fisher said Carmelo Anthony is fully cleared for training camp and has no restrictions after undergoing knee surgery last season:
Derek Fisher says there are no medical restrictions on Carmelo Anthony going into camp but NYK will monitor how he responds to practice.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 25, 2015
This was expected, but obviously still good news for Anthony and a Knicks team looking to bounce back from a wretched 17-win campaign. New York made some nice additions in the offseason, and with a healthy Anthony, they should be much improved and could potentially challenge for a playoff spot if everything goes right.
Phil was Phil, of course, and when he wasn’t talking about being a duck or being more involved with the coaching staff, he had some thoughts about Kobe Bryant. The Zen Master believes Kobe is going to have a solid season, and Jackson made an interesting comment about Bryant’s future, according to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:
“I don’t think it’s his last year,” Jackson said, responding almost before the question was finished being asked. Then, he smiled and added, “Sounds like maybe his last year as a Laker, but I think that’s kind of what came out of there.”
Fire up those Kobe to the Knicks rumors! Jackson could easily have been joking, but we all know the two have a relationship. Maybe? Could it happen? No way, right?