At the time the intent seemed pretty clear.
As rumors flew around the league of Phil Jackson’s efforts to trade Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report wrote an article about how Phil was never able to turn Anthony’s ability to score into the kind of leader Jackson had with Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. The reported reason was Anthony’s lack of desire to do whatever it took to win. Jackson then took to Twitter and essentially defended himself but said of Anthony “I learned you don’t change the spot on a leopard with Michael Graham in my CBA daze.”
Apparently, we did not understand what he meant.
That really says nothing. About Anthony, about the Knicks, about anything.
It fits the pattern — when has Jackson spoken out during this downward spiral of a season in New York? Derrick Rose goes AWOL and he throws his coach Jeff Hornacek out there to answer questions. Jackson hasn’t addressed the Anthony situation other than on Twitter. Heck, he’s barely spoken to Anthony. He tried to calm down Charles Oakley to no avail (not that anyone was going to), but he’s staying out of the middle of that feud.
Jackson appears to want to be a guru, gently steering the Knicks’ ship and making profound pronouncements on high. That’s not what the Knicks need, they need someone to go Sully Sullenberger and take command of the situation. That said, he’s getting $12 million a year from the Knicks and if you think he’s just going to walk away from that cash to go back to Montana full time, you haven’t followed Jackson’s career.