Three reasons to pursue Carmelo Anthony

  • Three reasons to pursue Carmelo Anthony

Three reasons to pursue Carmelo Anthony

The second piece of news is that on Friday, Jackson used his first press conference since September to publicly say that Carmelo Anthony shouldn't be on the Knicks anymore.

Back then it was a culture and transparency, a return to the glory days that Jackson was a part of in NY as a player when the Knicks last won a championship in 1973 or at least sharing the glow from the 11 championship rings Jackson won as a coach of the Bulls and Lakers.

It was Carmelo Anthony's fault: "We weren't able to win with him on the team".

Phil Jackson said Friday that it would be better for Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks if Anthony were on a different team next season. "You just communicate with me", Anthony said after playing in what might have been his final game after 6 1/2 seasons in NY. "You don't want to end up your career not winning", Jackson said.

"This is not something that you want to have labelled on your career". He's shown that he's competitive, he's shown that he's got a sense of desire to win, etcetera.

"But he likes it here". We have some players right now who can do that and that's the direction where we need to go.

Jackson stopped short of saying he wanted to trade his All-Star forward, but certainly seems eager to explore a deal that would help the Knicks get younger and more athletic. The most unfortunate aspect to all of this, besides the Knicks' continued struggles and embarrassment, is that this could have all been avoided if Jackson didn't re-sign Anthony in his first offseason as team president. We want a significant player that could hopefully fill that role, but that's still to be determined.

With $54-plus million owed to him over the next two seasons, it remains to be seen how much interest Anthony would draw on the trade block this summer. "That's pure fact", Jackson said.

"Just play, man", Westbrook said.

Anthony, 32, and Jackson were at odds throughout the season because of trade speculation.

In December, Jackson was critical of Anthony during an interview with ESPN. "It's just who he is".

"He's carried the basic load for this team".

"I think that one of the things that I like about this job is that [General Manager Steve] Mills does a lot of the paperwork - the back and forth with the National Basketball Association headquarters - and my issues is about talking to coaches, finding out the game plan", Jackson said. "Obviously it hasn't worked out, this partnership together".