Anthony talks of Jackson’s return

NEW?YORK?- Carmelo Anthony said Wednesday that he has heard Phil Jackson will be “coming on board” with the New York Knicks, the strongest indication yet that the 11-time NBA champion coach will soon be taking over the team’s basketball operations.

Anthony went as far as to suggest that it’s no longer a question of if Jackson will rejoin the Knicks, but when.

“Everything’s in his hands now,” Anthony told reporters in Boston at the Knicks’ gameday shootaround practice.

Neither the Knicks nor Jackson had any immediate comment. Jackson played on the Knicks’ last championship team in 1973, and later went on to win six NBA titles as a coach with the Chicago Bulls and five more with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jackson, 68, has said in the past that teams have tried to lure him back to the NBA, and there has been speculation for several days that this offer from the Knicks would be good enough to get him to interrupt retirement. Jackson has been out of the league and largely out of the public eye since 2011, when he ended his coaching stint with the Lakers.

“I still don’t have a lot of the details, all the details,” Anthony told reporters. “Have I heard? Yeah, I’ve heard that he will be coming on board. It’s not official yet. You can always use Phil Jackson’s insight on whatever … his philosophy, his mindset, his resume, what he brings to the game, what he brings to a team or organization. That goes without even saying, so we’ll see how that plays out.”

Kobe done for year

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Kobe Bryant won’t be back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Bryant expressed only mild frustration Wednesday after the official announcement of the long-expected decision to shut him down for the year. Bryant’s broken bone in his left knee still hasn’t healed enough for weight-bearing exercise.

With just five weeks left in their season, the Lakers elected to preserve their superstar guard for next year, when he’ll be 36.

Bryant has played in just six games this season for the 22-42 Lakers.

No tanking, but …

BOSTON – NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he doesn’t see tanking going on in the league.

Silver said at a Boston College event on Wednesday that he thinks of tanking as players and coaches trying to lose on purpose. But he believes players and coaches are trying to win. Instead, teams are trying to rebuild through the draft, and that’s OK.

This year’s college draft class is expected to be one of the best in memory. Silver said teams are responding to the incentives set up by the league. If the incentives are wrong, that’s something the NBA needs to change, he said.