In what was a day of celebration for the New York Knicks organization with Phil Jackson becoming president of the team, there was also a discouraging rumor which began circulating. Knick fans couldn’t be any happier with the hiring of Jackson, but the nasty rumor which leaked seems to be quite possibly true. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has stated on the show First Take that Carmelo Anthony will not be a New York Knick next year. Smith says he was told a week ago, a few days ago, and then again this morning by a trustworthy source that Anthony is going to sign elsewhere as a free agent this summer.

The news may not be shocking, as the Knicks don’t look like a team that’s capable of winning a championship any time soon. What’s shocking about this rumor, if it’s true, is that Anthony’s decision was already made before the Knicks brought in Jackson. Surely, Anthony would be happy to have one of the best basketball coach’s of all-time running the team for the next five years. But Jackson’s presence seems to make no difference in Anthony’s choice to sign for less money with another franchise.