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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Melo: 'I like what Phil's doing'

By Ian Begley

New Knicks coach Derek Fisher got an endorsement from one of the most important members of the organization on Wednesday.

Carmelo Anthony, when asked what he thought about Fisher being hired as Knicks’ head coach, said, “I like what Phil is doing.”

Anthony spoke at an event in Manhattan to promote his partnership with 50 Cent and SMS Audio headphones.

Anthony politely declined to discuss his future or free agency but did say that his meeting with Fisher, Knicks president Phil Jackson and GM Steve Mills in Los Angeles last week “went well.”

Anthony hasn’t technically declared himself a free agent yet. Phil Jackson has talked to him about opting in. But a league source said late last week that Anthony hadn’t changed his mind and that he still planned to opt out of his contract.

That’s why his endorsement of Fisher is significant.

Anthony will be considering many factors this summer in free agency. The coaches of the respective teams competing for his services will certainly factor in. If Anthony likes the idea of Fisher, that will help the Knicks in their recruitment of the seven-time All Star.

Melo, 50 and SMS: Anthony spent time with 50 Cent on Wednesday at a rooftop in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan to promote his partnership with SMS Audio headphones.

Anthony, 50 Cent and producer Timbaland all are part owners of the company, which is producing a line of sport headphones that can be worn during workouts.

“I respect his hustle, I respect his business mind. It was just a no-brainer,” Anthony said of his partnership with 50 Cent.

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