Knicks president Jackson: Carmelo Anthony would be better off somewhere else

Kristaps Porzingis reportedly did not attend exit meetings with the New York Knicks due to mounting "frustration over dysfunction" and "drama" around the franchise, according to ESPN's Ian Begley.

Porzingis isn't alone in not wanting to participate in the team's workouts this summer that will be heavily focused on implementing the triangle offense. Jackson and his people seem to be the only ones that want to stick with the triangle and continue implementing it.

Jackson is aware of the growing discontent within the players with the way Hornacek and the coaching staff ran the team.

Considering Jackson later said the 53-year-old Hornacek is a "young coach", he's clearly decided he needs to oversee things in order to make sure his beloved triangle offense - something virtually his entire team, led by Anthony, has rebelled against - is properly installed.

"If somebody was talking bad about you indirectly at your job, what would you do", Anthony said last week - before Jackson's comments on Friday.

Jackson said he we would want back a "significant player" to replace Anthony, who remains the Knicks' leading scorer, and was vague on whether he thought Anthony could return if there was no trade. "If players under contract can not, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards. The door swings both ways when it comes to demonstrating loyalty and respect", said NBPA executive director Michelle Roberts.

The Knicks attempted to deal Anthony twice near the trade deadline, including offers to the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers. This after Jackson alienated Anthony for most of the season.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Jackson's public comments were the straw that broke the camel's back and caused a long-brewing rebellion amongst the players.

But Jackson believes he can help the team by being more involved, in essence coaching more. The fallout with star player Carmelo Anthony has gone from an in-house issue to a complete mess with players around the league rallying in support of the embattled Knicks forward.

As noted by Newsday, Porzingis has played for three coaches and lost 101 games in his two years with the Knicks.

If players can't publicly ask for a trade, management shouldn't be able to encourage one.

  • Angelo Rivera