Phil Jackson examined trading Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline and said he would be "better off somewhere else". Jackson addressed reporters Friday, two days after the Knicks completed their fourth consecutive losing season.
"We've not been able to win with (Anthony) on the court at this time,"Jackson told reporters during his 50 minute pow-wow with the NY media".
According to ESPN's Ian Begley, Anthony prefers to remain in NY, but wants a commitment from management to winning immediately. Per an ESPN report earlier today, Melo is "leaning strongly" towards waiving his no-trade clause.
Even though he denied that his now very public feud with Anthony will have a negative impact on free agents coming to NY, there's no way Jackson can spin the 80-166 record that his team has compiled since his first full season.
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Jackson and Anthony, if it hasn't happened already, will need to sit down and iron out their future plans at some point. Jackson says he told him: "We have't won here".
He said they will head into this summer prioritizing adding shot-blocking, wing defense and shooting after the team finished last in 3-pointers made and attempted. "I never made a substitution, but the buck stops here", Jackson said.
Many Knicks fans have been calling for their team to trade Anthony but their requests fell on deaf ears. Anthony has a lot more money remaining on his deal ($54 million), making this option a lot harder to swallow for NY. I thought he stood up well this year in a lot of tough situations. The Knicks are hoping that potential landing spots for Anthony - the Cavs, the Clippers, the Celtics, the Wizards - all bomb in the postseason and become desperate, setting up a bidding war.
Jackson has been subject to much criticism this season after failing to build a win-now roster around the aging Carmelo.
As the season came to an end Carmelo had this to say about his feelings towards Jackson.
After Jackson's remarks, Anthony posted a message - presumably for Jackson - on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. This lack of confidence from New York's most promising player certainly won't help that.