Blueprint for Phil Jackson to Build NY Knicks a Winner Around Carmelo Anthony

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Blueprint for Phil Jackson to Build NY Knicks a Winner Around Carmelo Anthony
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Phil Jackson ushers optimism into the equation for the New York Knicks, but that's the only part of the rebuilding blueprint that should be undergoing a drastic shift. 

The plan is still to build everything around Carmelo Anthony, who can opt out of his contract at the end of the 2013-14 season and become an unrestricted free agent. But as Jackson stated during his introductory press conference, via Newsday's Al Iannazzone, "I have no problem committing in saying Carmelo is in the future plans."

Especially since the Knicks have no money in their coffers to spend during the upcoming summer festivities, keeping 'Melo in an orange-and-blue uniform is priority No. 1.

But what else does Jackson have to do in order to build a contender? What's the time frame on this project? 

Questions still swarm around MSG like vultures, but the newly hired president of basketball operations has the ability to resuscitate this franchise and restore it to its 1970s glory. 

It just won't be easy. 

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