As if the Jackson/Anthony issue weren’t enough, ESPN reported that a frustrated Kristaps Porzingis skipped his exit meeting with the Knicks. Anthony was whisked away as he was asked about Porzingis. Jackson spoke to the local media Friday for the first time since September. The Knicks finished 31-51 in their fourth straight season out of the playoffs. He met with Anthony a day earlier, a meeting he said was cordial. The 32-year-old veteran wants to play for a winning team, and Jackson explained that it may be time for Anthony to go looking for one elsewhere because the Knicks can’t provide it. “We just talked about how we could make things the best possible things for both of us,” Jackson said, “(find) a place where he could go to be competitive and to be back in the hunt, and something that would benefit us moving forward as a young, developing team.” The team’s president of basketball operations says he believes there’s been progress, but signaled he will start another rebuilding of the team, a year after acquiring a number of veterans he hoped would join Anthony in becoming a playoff squad.
Melo declined comment on Phil Jackson’s statements today and on the KP thing and was whisked away.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 15, 2017
Carmelo Anthony responds to Phil Jackson’s comments with an Instagram post. pic.twitter.com/0LA2WRBPxV— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) April 14, 2017