Phil Jackson thinks Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks might be better off going their separate ways.
"We've not been able to win with (Anthony) on the court at this time".
Jackson said he met with Anthony on Thursday.
"He enjoyed playing here even with the losses, which of course surprises us because he's been on some very successful teams", Jackson said.
Phil Jackson pulled no punches in his first media appearance since September. The Knicks finished 31-51 in their fourth straight season out of the playoffs.
According to ESPN's Ian Begley, Anthony prefers to remain in NY, but wants a commitment from management to winning immediately. He has said that before, but for the first time, Anthony truly sounded open to a trade to any place in the National Basketball Association he regards as a victor - whether it be Canada with the Raptors or the plains of Oklahoma with the Thunder. Anthony holds a no-trade clause, meaning he can approve or shoot down any potential trades.
"He's carried the basic load for this team".
"I have a lot of thinking and reflecting to do", Anthony told ESPN. I can't regret it. "Obviously it hasn't worked out, this partnership together".
Jackson was asked about the possibility of exploring trades for Anthony after trade rumors swirled throughout the season. The Knicks had trade talks during the season but couldn't find anything workable, and it was during that time that their relationship suffered, along with the team's record.
"We'll take into account (Anthony's) consideration".
It has been clear for months that Jackson wanted to get rid of Anthony, though the team ended up holding onto their highest-paid player through the trade deadline.
Jackson said Rose, who will be a free agent, expressed a desire to return to NY and intimated that the Knicks would consider re-signing him. He signed a four-year, $72 million in July.
"I never took a jump shot".