Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony are apparently at odds again, this time regarding Anthony’s future in New York.
“The two of them met (Tuesday), and Melo let him know, ‘I’m not going anywhere. I’m not going to waive my no-trade clause. I don’t want to be traded,’” NBA Radio & HoopsCritic.com’s Brian Geltzeiler said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “This whole thing with Charley Rosen has been absurd as absurd can be. Phil, for years, has been planting stuff with Charley Rosen. It’s the worst-kept secret out there. It’s not even a secret. Phil says something and Charley Rosen goes in and he writes what Phil says. Now all of a sudden this comes out and it’s received poorly and it looks horrible. It doesn’t reflect well on Phil at all.
“Last time I was on with you, I told you Melo can’t stand Phil Jackson,” Geltzeiler continued. “He can’t stand him, and this stuff is the reason why. So this comes out, now Melo makes a public inflammatory statement, which you can’t blame him: If they don’t want me, we need to talk. But let’s qualify what ‘we need to talk’ means; ‘we need to talk’ means ‘If you don’t want me here, you’re stuck with me and maybe you should leave.’ That’s what that means. Melo, he is not letting Phil Jackson, out of principle, push him out of New York. Phil Jackson, for a guy who was so smart for all those years coaching for all those titles, he doesn’t know people as well as he claims to know people.”
Anthony is averaging 22.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Knicks (18-24), who are sinking in the Eastern Conference.
The Knicks need better players, yes, but trading Anthony might not be the best way to do it.
“The truth of the matter is, (Jackson is) out there in free agency trying to recruit star players,” Geltzeiler said. “You can’t get yourself a star player. Whether you like Carmelo Anthony’s style of play or not, he is a star player. You have a guy that wants to anchor himself to your franchise, and all you want to do is try to shame him into waiving his no-trade clause to get out. It doesn’t make a to of sense.”
Geltzeiler believes Jackson has lost the respect of his players, who view him as a “looney old man” who wants to run the triangle, which they feel is an antiquated system, as opposed to a pick-and-roll offense, which just about every team in the league is running.
For Jackson, though, old habits die hard.
“Phil Jackson, his whole deal in running the Knicks is all about Phil Jackson,” Geltzeiler said. “If there’s credit to be taken, you can guarantee Phil will take it, and if there’s blame, you can guarantee Phil will deflect it. That is the exact polar opposite of how the San Antonio Spurs run their organization.”