Jackson took to Twitter to take another swipe at Anthony, who was criticized by Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report for not having the desire to win. Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract and has been reluctant to waive it.
To put the relationship into some context, back in 2014, when Anthony was an unrestricted free agent, he explored his options and gave serious consideration to leaving NY and signing with the Chicago Bulls or the Houston Rockets. If loving something in an irrational way could describe anything then the New York Knicks fans surely feel the same about their team.
Jackson was referring to Michael Graham, a college star from Georgetown who never enjoyed much success in the pros. Jackson coached Graham on the Albany Patroons of the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association.
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Smith also says the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia almost one year ago should have been filled long ago. Schumer said he asked Gorsuch "straightforward and direct questions that would demonstrate whether he could clear that bar".
There is little doubt that Jackson and the Knicks are trying to force an action, their hope is getting Anthony to agree to an exit, however that may not be how it ultimately plays out.
Taking a more positive and far less defensive stance than O'Quinn, Anthony similarly chooses to leave the past where it is in relation to this season. He has had a rocky relationship with the teams president Phil Jackson. The true answer may be revealed before Feb 23 when the trade deadline ends, according to the National Basketball Association. Instead he has channeled his Inner-Donald Trump, growing increasingly embarrassing with his cryptic tweets and obvious disenchantment with Anthony as the season has devolved. The 2011 deal that sent Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the Big Apple forced the Knicks to ship off Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov. Loyalty has also been a huge part of Anthony's narrative; he chose to re-sign with the Knicks in 2014, taking a five-year, $124 million deal with a no-trade clause, one of only three NTC's in the league (James, Dirk Nowitzki). He and the Knicks have also shopped Anthony to other teams in trade talks.
Somehow Anthony seemed able to - as he would say in his trademarked phrase - stay Melo, while everything else around him seemed to be falling apart.
"You've got to play for some pride", Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said.
But when he was asked if trading for Anthony was still an option for the Clippers, he grew angry. Jackson, for reasons only he can explain, and the Knicks' president haven't spoken directly to the press in months, and Jackson has undermined any chance the team had of being a playoff contender-forget competing for a championship. Nevertheless, it is possible that the Knicks become desperate to rid themselves of Anthony if he becomes a distraction or tells the team that he will only accept a trade to Los Angeles.