"He's a player that would be better off somewhere else."
One day after the New York Knicks announced that they'd be picking up Phil Jackson's option for the next two years, the Zen Master took the podium to discuss the state of the Knicks moving forward.
Most notably, Jackson basically confirmed longstanding rumors that he wants Carmelo Anthony off the team.
Addressing reporters moments ago, Phil said,
"We've not been able to win with (Anthony) on the court at this time," Jackson said. "I think the direction with our team is that he's a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship."
As we known, the 32-year old forward has a no-trade clause in his contract but has expressed that he'd be willing to lift it if he could compete for a championship. Although, Jackson's comments won't do the Knicks any favors when it comes to negotiations.
The Knicks are currently slotted to pick 7th in the NBA Draft, although that's subject to change depending on what happens at the NBA Draft Lottery next month. You can check out the Knicks' Lottery odds here.
Phil said the triangle hasn't worked because "we've faced resistance." Implied that was Melo— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) April 14, 2017
Welp! Time to roll out Melo. https://t.co/SXOV37Lsnn— Sekou Smith (@SekouSmithNBA) April 14, 2017
Shocking. It's all Carmelo's fault. Never would have predicted that one.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) April 14, 2017
If Phil thinks that Carmelo is the Knicks only anti-triangle player then he clearly has no clue what's going on in his locker room.— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) April 14, 2017
Reminds me so much of that Breaking Bad scene where Walt tells Jesse he'd be far better off going somewhere else for a fresh start.— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) April 14, 2017
Again, just a marvelous job by Phil Jackson to destroy what was once seemed to be an unsinkable reputation & make Melo a sympathetic figure— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 14, 2017
Phil Jackson on idea he criticized Carmelo: “Holding the ball is not a criticism. That’s what he does. That’s pure fact.”— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) April 14, 2017