Phil Jackson Rips Carmelo Anthony, Questions His Desire to Win

Phil Jackson Rips Carmelo Anthony, Questions His Desire to Win

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson's public campaign to pressure Carmelo Anthony into waiving his no-trade clause is working to harden Anthony's resolve to remain with the franchise, league sources told The Vertical.

Believing Ding "almost rings the bell" at criticism of Melo's competitiveness and will to win, Phil is trying some last ditch efforts to exorcise the Knicks of the demon he believes to be Anthony's ball-stopping ways, despite signing Melo to a lucrative five-year deal just three summers ago. Anthony's no trade clause allows him to veto any potentially undesirable destinations, and that makes Jackson's job a lot more hard.

Jackson was referring to a column on Bleacher Report that details the Anthony-Jackson relationship. In December, Jackson told CBS Sports that Anthony "holds the ball too long" and that it slows down the team's offense; last month, longtime Jackson confidant Charley Rosen authored an editorial for FanRag Sports in which he wrote that Anthony "has outlived his usefulness in NY".

Jackson references Michael Graham in his tweet (Remember him, Syracuse fans?) from Georgetown whom Jackson coached in the Continental Basketball Association. The New York Knicks trailed the Cleveland Cavaliers 87-54 as the third quarter stretched to a close.

Taking a more positive and far less defensive stance than O'Quinn, Anthony similarly chooses to leave the past where it is in relation to this season. Per Alan Siegel of The Washingtonian, Graham's eyes would "glaze over" anytime Jackson tried to speak with him. It's nearly certainly dividing opinions among Knicks fans, some of whom have booed Anthony recently. Jackson, for reasons only he can explain, and the Knicks' president haven't spoken directly to the press in months, and Jackson has undermined any chance the team had of being a playoff contender-forget competing for a championship.

Phil Jackson Rips Carmelo Anthony, Questions His Desire to Win

Anthony's contract guarantees him $24.5 million this season and $26.2 million in 2017-18, and he holds a $30 million player option for 2018-19.

"You've got to play for some pride", Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said.

Even before he posted that tweet, many observers believed that Jackson has been quite frustrated with Anthony for not delivering the same as Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, Jackson's greatest players. Anthony, for his part, said that he won't entertain anything unless it is said directly to him.

The Cavaliers say they have no interest in trading Love.

Right now Anthony's trade value is still high. However, the team will be better off rebuilding around Kristaps Porzingis rather than having Anthony as a distraction.

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