Phil Jackson suggests Carmelo Anthony 'would be better off somewhere else'

Phil Jackson suggests Carmelo Anthony 'would be better off somewhere else'

(No Eastern Conference team won 54 games this year.) They haven't been able to win with Phil Jackson.

Jackson said he met with Anthony on Thursday.

"I think guys will come here because they want to play with these guys that can win", Taylor said. So we're really pleased with how he's developed. Phil isn't interested in making that case; he's more interested in fostering one of his legendary beefs, treating Melo like one of his coaching rivals from the '90s and '00s.

"He's carried the basic load for this team", Jackson said Friday.

Westbrook will have to help one of the youngest teams in the NBA get acclimated to playoff basketball.

"Everything has got to be possible, and we have to make sure that if people have something to say, we listen to it, we examine it", Jackson said before complimenting Porzingis for his development this season.

In an interview with Ian Begley of ESPN after the Knicks' final game of the season against the Philadelphia 76ers, Carmelo Anthony was asked about the possibility of getting traded this summer.

Now let's compare that with his thoughts on Melo, who has also been on some successful teams (including a successful Knicks team!), has never shied away from the challenge of turning this team around or expressed a desire to play anywhere else despite years of losses.

Coaches are always optimistic because they think they can get any player to improve.

Two teams the Knicks negotiated with were the Cavs - who didn't want to give up Kevin Love - and the Clippers - who were only willing to unload role players. We lost six in a row there which changed us from being a positive to a minus. "So we'll go forward with that".

He then praised Ron Baker and Chasson Randle. The unicorn continued to improve on last year's breakout season but his future as the Knicks' franchise player looks to be in jeopardy. Believing he can rely on marginal talents is the same sort of nonsense that has Jackson convinced it was his triangle offense - that he didn't invent - rather than Jordan, Pippen, Bryant and O'Neal that had Jackson fitted for all those rings. Outside of drafting Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez in 2015, managing to re-sign Anthony in 2014 remains one of the few positive decisions of Jackson's tenure. That was when Anthony was being cast as the villain. Everyone goes home unhappy.

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