Carmelo responds to Phil Jackson saying he'd be 'better off' elsewhere

Apr 15, 2017, 02:05

While speaking to reporters on Friday (April 14), the Knicks President concluded that Melo "would be better off somewhere else". The Knicks haven't made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season, though, which is especially troubling given that NY expected to return to the postseason this year after adding Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah last summer. "I think the direction with our team is that he's a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship".

According to ESPN's Ian Begley, Anthony prefers to remain in NY, but wants a commitment from management to winning immediately. Anthony said earlier this week. ESPN also reports that the Knicks remain committed to moving Anthony this offseason.

Jackson clearly doesn't want Anthony on his team. Jackson appeared to try that same approach the last last two seasons, and the team finished 32-50 and 31-51.

"I just said that you haven't won here".

Jackson has been subject to much criticism this season after failing to build a win-now roster around the aging Carmelo. So Phil, you might want to step out of that glass house before you pick up those rocks. Yet Jackson has his sights set on Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Jackson was also asked about his cryptic midseason tweet when he said he learned he can not change a leopard's spots when referring to Anthony's game. That's what he does.

"He enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course surprises us because he's been on some very successful teams", Jackson said. This is not a situation we're going to dump you. I like who Derrick represents as himself.