The battle lines now appear to be drawn in Madison Square Garden. On one side: New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. On the other: team president of basketball operations Phil Jackson, whose public comments — and those by Jackson associate Charley Rosen — have led Anthony to consider his future with the Knicks.
Womens Chris Harris Jr Jersey “If they feel my time in New York is over, I guess that’s a conversation we should have,” Anthony said Sunday.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, that meeting took place Tuesday, and it was described by one source as far more contentious than previous sit-downs between Jackson and Anthony, with Jackson asking whether Anthony wants to stay with the Knicks and Anthony saying yes.
If the Knicks ultimately have to choose between Anthony and Jackson, what should they do? Jackson’s five-year contract has a mutual opt-out at the end of this season, meaning the Knicks can let him go. Does it make sense to keep the legendary coach as team president?
“It was a lot of hard work,” Lacob said. “I challenged the organization. I said, ‘We’re going to have to pay for this privately and it has to be fantastic, because we’re not going to do anything that’s not fantastic. And we’re going to have to figure out a way to pay for it.’
Womens Christian Fischer Jersey “I don’t want to criticize other owners or other teams, in our league or anywhere else. But there is a history of these leagues getting these things publicly financed. Look at Atlanta. Sacramento. Orlando, I think was like 100 percent … I know that wasn’t going to happen here, just because it’s the Bay Area. But I also didn’t want to waste years [trying to get the state to pay]. So I decided, ‘We’re just going to do it and we’re going to figure out a way to pay for it.’
The other challenge to the stadium project was raising money to privately finance it. When Lacob and his business partners purchased the Warriors in 2010, they knew it would be time consuming and costly to ask for public financing of a new stadium, so they quickly pivoted towards an all-privately financed project.
A privately financed stadium is very uncommon in the world of professional sports, but California, and especially Bay Area politics, make it very difficult to secure public financing (as the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have recently demonstrated.)