"We've not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time", Jackson said Friday. We knew the relationship between Jackson and Carmelo Anthony was toxic, to the point that Jackson is straight up telling the media that Anthony needs to leave and Anthony reacting with memes.
"I think I've got to do a little bit more on-scene, on-target mentoring", Jackson said. Basically, the dreaded triangle offense continued to rear its ugly head into the Knicks offense.
If there was anyone left that isn't paid by the Knicks who needed further convincing Phil Jackson's reign as president of the franchise - one that was unthinkably extended two more years by owner James Dolan earlier this week - is an unmitigated disaster, they should've gotten it Friday.
After the Knicks season finale on Wednesday, Anthony said that he was "open to being traded".
Anthony has had influence in the NBPA during Roberts' tenure as Executive Director. That was a loud and strong message sent by the young Latvian cornerstone player to the organization and the league, which always keeps a watchful eye on the Knicks' dealings with a box of popcorn handy.
In a report by ESPN, it was revealed that the ones who have knowledge of what is happening between Anthony and the Knicks, believe the former will nullify the no-trade clause in his contract. According to The Vertical, players are privately fuming that they want no part of the organization's summer slate of triangle offense regimen at the team's suburban NY practice facility. In ESPN's report, a past statement by Knicks president Phil Jackson was cited and it could have suggested that they are ready to "move" the youngest MVP in the history of the National Basketball Association. "If players under contract can not, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards".
It appears that Jackson meant good with his statement but Anthony might have understood it differently.
One US writer thinks Tim Cone is the ultimate triangle offense coach in the world today.
Through the smog of impending doom and gloom, there has been a bright spot for the last two seasons that Knicks fans could take solace in, which is the continued development of Kristaps Porzingis.