Carmelo Anthony confirms that his cryptic Instagram posts were about Phil Jackson

After suffering an embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday, an evidently agitated Anthony refused to respond to Jackson's remarks, and later took to Instagram to post cryptic posts. The Knicks are now in sixth place in the eastern conference with their 12-10 record.

"I think I said my part of it, " Anthony said of the Instagram posts.

"I finally found my rhythm after the first quarter", Anthony said. "I have a million quotes in my phone".

Just when you thought the Knicks were out, they pull you back in.

Jackson made the comments to CBS Sports Network in an interview that aired Tuesday after he was asked how Anthony was doing in the triangle offense.

"Carmelo a lot of times wants to hold the ball longer than - we have a rule: If you hold a pass two seconds, you benefit the defense". "That is one of the things we worked with. But he has adjusted to it, he knows what it can do and he's willing to see its success".

After the Knicks' loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday night, Anthony was clearly agitated by questions about Jackson, almost walking out of his postgame interview when the topic was brought up.

Anthony said he won't seek out Jackson, who is expected to meet the Knicks in Los Angeles, where they are scheduled to practice Saturday and play the Lakers on Sunday.

Jackson said Anthony can fill the Michael Jackson or Kobe Bryant role in the system, but added that he tends to hold onto the ball too long. Because it's an overload offense and there's a weak-side man that always has an advantage if the ball is swung.

Jackson's comments about Anthony's tendency to hold on to the ball too long at times have been echoed by others around the National Basketball Association.

Coach Jeff Hornacek, stuck in the awkward position between disagreeing with his boss or critiquing his star forward, chose a middle ground when asked about Jackson's comments. He said that he understands criticism will come from fans and media but was surprised that this most recent critique came from within the team.

According to the New York Daily News, Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson had not talked about the comments by late Friday afternoon as the team prepared to play the Sacramento Kings in California. "It's not something I expect [from the team]". If it was something he felt we could do better, I could do better, we talked about that. I just don't know what was behind the comments or where the comments came from.