Carmelo Anthony is definitely a good player and there is no doubt about that. However, comparing him to the likes of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant–on any level–is definitely a stretch. In the Knicks’ new system under Phil Jackson, Jackson believes Melo can flourish just like MJ or Kobe with the triangle offense.


Firstly, let me say that this is in no way a Melo bashing session. However, it is crazy to think that Melo is often called a NBA great when he really does not have much to show for it. Melo has one NBA scoring title–2013–and is a 7 time NBA All-Star but he has no championships. It is widely known that a player’s measure of greatness if often defined by championships or at least some MVP trophies; both of which Melo does not own.

With that being said, digging deeper into Phil Jackson’s comments regarding Melo being on the same level as MJ or Kobe makes perfect sense. Both Kobe and MJ have flourished under Phil Jackson’s triangle offense and Phil believes Melo is next up. Giving Melo the benefit of the doubt, he has not always had the best supporting cast on his side but then again.

Phil Jackson says about Melo, “Melo is leader by example…He’s also very into the triangle, and with a better supporting cast he has every chance to be the MJ and Kobe of our offense,” and my guess is because he would be the most dominant player on the floor? To me, what separates the greats like MJ an Kobe, is that the sense of urgency to win is clear as day with them–and they also had decent supporting casts.

All trust has been in Phil Jackson ever since he has become the president of basketball operations for the Knicks and with this upcoming season, some of his work will definitely be showcased. Whether or not we can say Melo can be the Kobe or MJ of the triangle will be determined in a few months.