That put him between then-Knicks president Phil Jackson and forward Carmelo Anthony.
According to an NBA source, Anthony was furious to read Porzingis’ positive sentiments on an offense he disdains.
“Melo really chewed him out, lit into him,’’ the source said.
Actually, some Knicks officials believe Anthony’s influence on Porzingis has been detrimental and a key reason why Jackson became adamant about removing him from the roster any way he could.
“Phil thought Carmelo was trying to sabotage him,’’ an NBA source said.
Jackson tried to pressure Anthony out of New York, tweeted criticism of Anthony, sidestepped Anthony’s requests to meet, seemingly pushed an anti-Anthony narrative, publicly called Anthony a ball hog and used racially insensitive language to discuss Anthony’s friend, LeBron James.
But Anthony was trying to sabotage Jackson?
It’s unhealthy for a team’s president and highest-paid players to be on such different pages, but it’s also unhealthy for a team to be caught up on an antiquated offensive system. Anthony acquiescing to Jackson might have made the Knicks’ better in the short term. But if he widened the fractures that eventually caused the Knicks to split from Jackson, Anthony did the team a favor in the long run.