New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said he would like to retain most of the team's personnel next season.
Jackson, who spoke to the media before Friday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, told reporters he envisions interim head coach Kurt Rambis returning, forward Carmelo Anthony playing in the lineup and the team sticking with the triangle.
"The energy that I have is directed toward turning this team around and it's taken my full effort and so far it's been a challenge," Jackson said. "So I'm still in it and I'm in it to win it so to speak."
While Rambis is just 4-8 since taking over for Derek Fisher and the Knicks could look at a number of other candidates at head coach next season, Jackson seemed fond of Rambis' potential.
"He has a way of handling players," said Jackson, whose team has the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference. "He's relaxed, yet he has the ability to keep them focused on the important parts of it. He's a defensive-oriented guy. I had him as my defensive coordinator for my teams in 2007, '08 and '09. And I think he has a real good handle on that part. So we'll see how they go."
Despite Anthony being the subject of trade rumors during the All-Star break, he said he will remain committed to the Knicks in the future, even though he has showed some frustration this season. Jackson, too, believes Anthony is part of New York's future.
"We like a lot of what he played at this year," Jackson said. "I think he got disappointed at some point and things happen. I've seen the ball move better a lot of times. Not as many holds. Sometimes he feels he needs to take the game over because we're starting to fall behind by double digits. I'm trying to say stick to the program. There's hope there. He's got to see that.''
Jackson also said he would like to stick with the triangle offense, and added he isn't obsessed over acquiring an elite point guard next season.
"My idea of chasing a point guard where it becomes just an obsession isn't necessary,'' Jackson said. "It's not necessary. We can play the game without that. But we still need good performers."