The relationship between Carmelo Anthony and New York Knicks president Phil Jackson appears to be rather frosty these days. It might just have frozen solid after Anthony responded to an article written by Jackson’s long-time friend Charlie Rosen.
According to the New York Daily News, Anthony was asked about the article in which Rosen suggested Carmelo had “outlived his usefulness in New York”.
Although Anthony understood the article was not written by Jackson, he felt the closeness of his and Rosen’s relationship warranted something strong.
When asked to respond to that particular line the article, Anthony said: “If that’s the case than that’s what’s coming from that side I guess it’s a conversation we should have. If they feel like my time in New York is over I guess that’s a conversation we should have.”
“Listen,” Anthony said, “if that’s what they feel…if that’s what’s coming from that side that’s what’s coming from that side. I haven’t thought once about that to be honest with you. I hear it. I hear all the rhetoric that’s going on out there and I still come to work every day and play and bust my ass and try not to worry about it.”
As Kurt pointed out here at Pro Basketball Talk, suggested trade suitors for Carmelo — including the Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Clippers — all have significant road blocks to a deal even making sense for them, much less if Anthony was actually willing to waive his no-trade clause.
Still, the intense nature of the dysfunction between Anthony and Jackson is starting to feel extremely awkward, especially as both parties begin to play the PR game within the media.
As it’s been pointed out before, it’s hard to get a deal done for Anthony given his contract, no-trade clause, age, and diminished benefit in terms of his on-court play. He’s settled into who he is as a player, and there are few teams wanting to give up assets for a guy in his situation.
Meanwhile, the Knicks continue to fall down the Eastern Conference standings.
New York lost to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, 116-101, making them 18-23 on the season.