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But Mark Jackson, a former Knicks guard and current ABC analyst, cautions the failure belongs to the Knicks, one of the NBA’s sorriest franchises of the last 15 years, and not Anthony. “You don’t win with just one person,” Jackson said. “He’s a great player, a future Hall of Famer, there’s no question about it. So to me, it’s been team-wise, they haven’t been successful overall. But what he’s done and what he’s been able to do should be acknowledged and recognized. He’s one of the great Knicks.”
“What he’s done and what he’s been able to do should be acknowledged and recognized as one of the great Knicks. You mean to tell me the same Carmelo Anthony, if he plays for the Knicks with [Dave] DeBusschere and [Earl] Monroe and [Bill] Bradley and Willis [Reed] and Clyde [Frazier], then he’s an all-time great just because he played with those guys? … Part of the responsibility is collectively. He’s a great basketball player.” Jackson also praised Anthony for his off-court work and dealing with the media. “He never hides. Never afraid. Great in the community. Speaks his mind, has been a leader throughout this league,” Jackson said.
The 1988-89 Knicks, under coach Rick Pitino, attempted 1,147 3-pointers, up by more than 400 from the previous league high, and made 386, to shatter the former 271 standard. Saturday, as part of the Knicks’ 70th anniversary season, “The Bomb Squad” of Mark Jackson, Johnny Newman, Rod Strickland, Trent Tucker and Gerald Wilkins staged a Garden reunion and were honored in a ceremony. The group sat for an interview session before individual pictures as well as the club’s iconic Bomb Squad promo poster. “Congratulations, Bombinos. It was great watching all those 3-point shots,” Pitino said in a taped greeting.
“Rick turned me into a 3-point shooter. It was the last year I was a 3-point shooter,” Strickland said, laughing. “Rick told me, ‘I will never take you out of the game for shooting, but if you don’t take the next shot that Mark Jackson passes you the ball, you will be sitting beside me,’ ” Tucker said.