The view of Madison Square Garden is a bit clearer now that all the shade thrown by Phil Jackson has cleared up.In his first press conference of the entire regular season, Knicks President Phil Jackson came out of the shadows only to announce that the they’re moving in a direction that doesn’t involve the mid range specialist Carmelo Anthony.
“We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time and I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere he can win or chase that championship.” Phil Jackson on Carmelo Anthony
It was safe to say that we saw this coming and honestly, we were looking forward to it.
Since the Knicks acquired Carmelo in 2011 they have been far worse than any one anticipated. They did make the playoffs three out of the seven seasons Melo has been a Knick but the other four seasons were uglier than Lonzo Ball’s jump-shot.
Don’t Blame Carmelo Anthony
Instead of placing the blame on the superstar like we always do, it’s important to understand the lack of personnel and front office cooperation Carmelo received (or didn’t receive). He may not have been asking for a “F—-n Playmaker,” but Carmelo could’ve definitely used some more help from Phil Jackson and the front office.
“Right now we need players that are really active, can play every single play, defensively and offensively. That’s really important for us.” – Phil Jackson
When Phil Jackson arrived in 2014, some (including yours truly) would have said Carmelo and the Knick’s future was looking bright. Instead, the Knicks continued to look like a complete embarrassment.
Signing Joakim Noah to a 72 million deal, hiring Derek Fisher, and trading away Tyson Chandler (for essentially nothing) are just a few of the mishaps that transpired under the watch of Phil Jackson.
I’m curious to see what players Phil plans on bringing in next year to “play every single play.” New York hasn’t seen that since the great Jeff Van Gundy was leading the Orange and Blue (We miss you Jeff).
After hearing Jackson’s “it’s not you it’s me” speech on his future in New York, Carmelo was rather subtle with his Instagram response. The look on DiCaprio’s face is the equivalent to “ Too bad ya can’t trade me!”
— THE P.R.O. (@theproismusic) June 14, 2016