Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
To those who may want to see the Knicks trade Carmelo & build immediately around Kristaps Porzingis, Phil Jackson brings up an interesting point. He says Porzingis, 20, isn't ready to take on the responsibility of being the face of a franchise -- a role that Carmelo fills in New York. "With Kristaps, I think he very much looks to Carmelo as kind of a leader... which I think is appropriate and I respect him for that. He's not ready to shoulder any burden on himself," Jackson said Thursday. "He's not a neophyte, but he's still very young in this game. A couple years under his belt and he'll start to understand his effect and how he can move forward. I think he's making progress this summer, doing the right thing." Jackson was responding to a question about the challenge of building a team around a 32-year-old Anthony and 20-year-old Porzingis. Construction a roster that makes sense for both Anthony and Porzingis is a delicate balance for Jackson.