Barely one week ago, no one was mentioning the Knicks as a possible playoff team or as a potential employer for Phil Jackson. But here we are eight days later, with Carmelo Anthony having talked early Wednesday about expecting the Zen Master to “come on board” and join the team’s front office, before the All-Star forward then fronted the Knicks to their fifth straight victory, a 116-92 coast-to-coast rout of the Celtics. “We don’t look at (Jackson) as a distraction,” Anthony said. “Do we hear about it? Do we read it? Do we see it? There’s no way to get around that or hide from that. “But we’re just focusing on playing basketball. We let Mr. (James) Dolan and Steve Mills and them do their job, and we gotta do our job on the basketball court.” Anthony pumped in 34 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. netted 17 of his 22 in the first half and fill-in center Cole Aldrich posted a career high-tying 12 points and 10 rebounds in his first start of the season as the Knicks moved into ninth place — and within three games of idle No. 8 Atlanta — in the East and tied their season-high win streak.
Knicks and Carmelo Anthony blow out Celtics for fifth straight win
New York Daily News | Mar 13