Phil Jackson says Carmelo Anthony is 'better off somewhere else'

Posted April 16, 2017

NY went 31-51, falling well short of expectations with its third consecutive 50-loss season.

Team president Phil Jackson met with the media Friday and had this to say about the nine-time All-Star.

"I think the direction with our team is that he would be better off somewhere else".

Jackson said he we would want back a "significant player" to replace Anthony, who remains the Knicks' leading scorer, and was vague on whether he thought Anthony could return if there was no trade.

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Sources told ESPN earlier this week that Anthony was "leaning strongly" toward waiving his no-trade clause if the Knicks offered an amenable destination. They have not made the playoffs since he took over as president, going 80-166 in that span, even a franchise worst 17-65 during the 2014-2015 season.

Phil Jackson made it clear that Anthony should consider his options away from the Knicks for his own sake.

Per Mike Vorkunov of the New York Times, Jackson said he has "never criticized Carmelo".

When Jackson was asked if Anthony could return, he gave a cryptic answer.

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As Jackson said Thursday, the market will develop after the playoffs.

Phil Jackson demonstrated during Friday's press conference that he is-how can I put this mildly-a big, stupid baby. Whatever Melo chooses to do, I'm sure he will be happier nearly anywhere else than under the reign of Phil Jackson at this point. Anthony has a lot more money remaining on his deal ($54 million), making this option a lot harder to swallow for NY.

- Jackson said Derrick Rose, whose first season with the Knicks ended with him needing surgery to fix torn knee cartilage, told him he wants to return as a free agent "to have a chance to redeem himself as a player".

Instead, because Jackson operates as cover for Dolan and keeps him from taking incoming fire from the media (at least when Dolan isn't cursing at fans or banning franchise legends from MSG for life), Dolan agreed to keep him for two more years at $12 million per - a contract that only rivals Noah's as the worst in the National Basketball Association. Carmelo has said numerous times that he loves the city and the team and wants nothing more than to stay a Knick. "I think he had some concern this year about physicality, not being able to stand up to all the games physically with his Achilles tendon, back, etc". The relationship between Anthony and Jackson has been strained and it's better for all parties involved to part ways and move on.

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