Opening Tip: Who should Phil keep, dump?

March, 21, 2014

Phil Jackson saw the Knicks in person for the first time on Wednesday night. But he's been watching the team from afar for several months.

Jackson revealed during his introductory press conference that he's been watching the team since Tyson Chandler went down with a leg fracture in early November.

A source with knowledge of Jackson's thinking said he was impressed with the play of Carmelo Anthony, Chandler, Iman Shumpert, Cole Aldrich, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Toure' Murry.

Jackson has already said that Anthony is in the team's future. So it's fair to assume that the Knicks will do all they can to re-sign Anthony this summer.

But he's got decisions to make on nearly all other roster spots. Does he try to trade the expiring contracts of Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire or Andrea Bargnani?

What about dealing J.R. Smith?

Does he reverse course on Shumpert and decide to keep him around because he fits well in the triangle. These questions will be answered in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, what do you think?

Which players on the current roster do you think Jackson should hold on to? Who should he dump?

Up now: Mike Woodson says it would be "fantastic" if Jackson retained him as coach next season.

Who do you think is in better shape to rebuild and win a title? The Knicks or Lakers?

What's next? The Knicks will play the Sixers on the road Friday night.

Question: Which players on the current roster do you think Jackson should hold on to? Who should he dump?

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Carmelo Anthony
24.2 3.1 1.0 35.7
ReboundsC. Anthony 6.6
AssistsJ. Calderon 4.7
StealsS. Larkin 1.2
BlocksL. Amundson 1.3