That's the player he compared Carmelo to.
Regardless of what the future holds, Jackson needs to keep tabs on the best available players in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Everyone can figure out what "a leopard can't change its spots" means, and it stands to reason Phil didn't learn about this from his experiences with Melo, but with his experience with Michael Graham over 30 years ago. In a January column for FanRagSports, Charley Rosen, a close friend and ex-assistant coach of Jackson's, blasted Anthony for his ball-stopping tendencies and lack of effort on the defensive end.
Jackson tweeted for the first time since December 27, when he announced his split with fiancee Jeanie Buss.
Jackson must either find a way to move Anthony, getting a return that puts the team on a different path, or live with him. Jackson hasn't spoken to reporters covering the team since September 23.
Trying to understand the relationship between Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony has become the pastime of most everyone following the National Basketball Association.
Instead of discussing trade possibilities with Anthony's representatives, Jackson has strained their relationship by passively, yet publicly campaigning for the former All-Star to waive his no-trade clause and accept a deal to ship him to a championship contender.
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Anthony has a no-trade clause and has been reluctant to leave the Knicks.
Winning games would have helped taper some of the trade rhetoric, but the Knicks just haven't been able to string together consecutive wins. Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract and has not waived it, basically telling the Knicks and Jackson that he wants to stay in NY.
Jackson has not been shy in hiding criticisms of Anthony in recent months.
Jackson believes Ding's assessment of Anthony is "almost" spot-on, which is pretty harsh in itself.
Anthony is still the best player on the roster right now until Porzingis develops - something that Anthony helps with more than any other player on the Knicks - and if he is still here when the deadline passes on February 23 it will be an awkward phase of the relationship.
On Monday night, the team was blown out by the lowly Los Angeles Lakers to fall to a stunningly bad 22-31 on the season. The Cavaliers don't want to trade Kevin Love, and the Clippers are unlikely to part with any of their top players for Anthony.