NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 8:04 PM
Carmelo Anthony made his bed and took the money from Phil Jackson. Now, according to the All-Star forward, there’s an obligation to see this mess through.
Anthony gave his lukewarm endorsement for the direction of the Knicks and Jackson’s plan, essentially throwing up his hands when asked if he still has faith after yet another coach was canned.
“This was something I didn’t see coming. Nobody saw coming. So you have to continue to put your trust in Phil,” Anthony said. “At this point what could you do? Can’t shy away from that. Can’t go against it. So for me, I have to trust in him. I decided to stay here. I decided to make that decision to trust in the Knicks and trust in Phil. I have to continue doing that.”
Anthony does have another option, a no-trade clause that he can waive at some point during the 3 1/2 remaining years on his contract. Jackson brought up that clause unprompted when asked Monday about New York’s posture for the trade deadline next week, using it as a way to suggest Anthony is untradeable.
Anthony, who loves New York but is losing valuable time from his career, said he’s committed to the Knicks this season.
“I done been through worse,” he said. “At this point, you become kind of immune to the B.S. that goes on and the politics. You become immune to that.”
If Anthony was looking for answers about the future, he probably should avoid the message from Jackson on Tuesday.
Melo insists he continues to trust Phil Jackson and his direction he has for the Knicks.
The Knicks president tweeted a 421-word post in an attempt to school “pundits” about what’s “next” for the floundering New York franchise. Reading like a philosophy textbook from a college course with lessons about the “humanistic movement” and Abraham Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs,” Jackson’s purpose was to push back at the idea that he would only hire a coach with knowledge of the triangle.
Here was Jackson’s key sentence (you may want to dust off those textbooks): While explaining that he’s more of a transformational leader than a transactional one, Jackson wrote, “Inside that style of play for that leader is the idea that there should be a system of play that includes the group. How that is done can include the use of the (triangle) system of basketball, but doesn’t exclude other systems that include group play.”
Jackson neither identified another specific system nor wrote anything definitive about his plan for the Knicks beyond this vague umbrella of preferring a group-oriented style of play. Even interim head coach Kurt Rambis was baffled.
“I know what a transformer is,” he said.
Anthony has been the one constant in New York’s revolving door of personnel. Since being acquired as the franchise player in 2011, he has worked under four head coaches and represents the lone player remaining on the roster from the start of Jackson’s tenure. He’s outlasted a lot of nonsense.
“It’s tough. At night when I wrap my brain around it and put everything in perspective as far as the coaches I’ve been through since being here. How many players I’ve been through since being here,” he said. “So we’re just trying to find some type of consistency when it comes to that. The business of basketball is a tough business.”