dglobalnews.com Phil Jackson Rips Carmelo Anthony, Questions His Desire to Win
Published: Fri, February 10, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Phil Jackson Rips Carmelo Anthony, Questions His Desire to Win

Phil Jackson Rips Carmelo Anthony, Questions His Desire to Win

Knicks superfan Spike Lee is in Carmelo Anthony's corner when it comes to the drama surrounding team president Phil Jackson and the face of the franchise.

"Jackson undoubtedly overestimated his own ability-perhaps you've heard something lately about the no-trade clause he gifted to Melo in 2014-to kindle Anthony's evolution from superstar to winning superstar", Ding wrote.

Jackson went on Twitter on February 7 to continue his assault on his star forward saying, "you don't change the spots on the leopard" in regards to his agreement with a Bleacher Report writer who posted a column questioning Anthony's will to win.

But that didn't stop the media from asking about Anthony, who had 28 points in New York's loss to the Clippers.

Rather, Jackson seems to be referring to a recent column in Bleacher Report from Kevin Ding ("Bleacher's Ding").

Jackson's tactics of calling out Anthony in a public forum, though, don't appear to be sitting well with people who represent some of those potential free agents who might have had an interest in the bright lights of NY. Jackson also compared Melo to a career journeyman in Graham, who played for Phil Jackson in the Continental Basketball League in the 1980s.

While Jackson's ultimate goal is to win a championship, he has ended up hurting the team, and his star player, more than he could have imagined. The New York Knicks trailed the Cleveland Cavaliers 87-54 as the third quarter stretched to a close.

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One veteran National Basketball Association executive said recently that moving off Anthony's teammates might be more effective in getting Anthony to agree to a deal than anything they are trying to accomplish publicly, as Anthony has routinely said he's committed to his teammates more so than the front office.

"Phil Jackson is making it very hard for him". Jackson also apparently has criticized Anthony cryptically via Twitter and through an article written by a longtime confidant.

"He still feels it's his team and still loves it here, " the source said of Anthony. Anthony, for his part, said that he won't entertain anything unless it is said directly to him.

The Knicks are 22-31 at the moment, but they are just two and a half games back from the final playoff spot in the East.

But when he was asked if trading for Anthony was still an option for the Clippers, he grew angry.

The Knicks offense was clicking throughout Wednesday's home contest but the visiting Clippers delivered down the stretch to escape MSG with a 119-115 win.

So last summer, Jackson very almost started from scratch, with cornerstones Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis anchoring a mostly new roster that included five new pieces in the front court and just as many in the backcourt at the start of this season.

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