But Jackson ditched most of the roster immediately in a series of one-sided - wrong-sided - trades to rid the Knicks of players who didn't fit his mold, whether it was not adept at the triangle offense or with the personality of loose cannons. Jackson addressed reporters Friday, two days after the Knicks completed their fourth consecutive losing season. And for those who would argue with that, remember this: Jackson has since traded for Derrick Rose and signed Joakim Noah to arguably the worst contract in the National Basketball Association.
From what we heard, Jackson's remarks to the media Thursday were harsher and blunter than what he actually said to Anthony in the exit interview, when the team president couched and talked around his issues with the All-Star forward. "I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talents somewhere he can win, or chase that championship". Jackson said the Knicks "want a significant player" in return, adding that any playoff team that doesn't win the title might look to shake things up.
The Knicks posted an 80-166 mark and missed the playoffs in each of the first three years under the watch of Jackson, who is making $12 million annually. Still, Jackson hopes Anthony cares enough about his legacy to want to get the heck out of here. But after missing the playoffs four seasons in a row, he's made his frustrations with the progress (or lack thereof) of Jackson's rebuild very clear.
"He's carried the basic load for this team", Jackson said Friday.
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One thing is clear however: Lawmakers have no choice but to pass some type of bill. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, was a prime sponsor of House Bill 1230.
Phil Jackson vs Carmelo Anthony. When a free agent is looking for their next destination, it would certainly be a turn off to see management criticizing its own players.
Many Knicks fans have been calling for their team to trade Anthony but their requests fell on deaf ears. Dolan said he planned to honor his five-year contract with Jackson "all the way to the end" during a February 10 radio interview on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. 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.
"I think there's disconnect sometimes with this team and I think there was some rebelliousness with this team that created some of the discord during the year".
One thing I've noticed about Phil Jackson is his ability to say that may be technically correct in a manner that makes you want to punch him in the face.