Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meeting because of Knicks drama

Kristaps Porzingis skipped exit meeting because of Knicks drama

Or, why would anyone want to come to a team that has no loyalty to its star players?

In 2014, the Knicks brought in 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson to be the president of basketball operations.

So who has been the bigger drain on the Knicks' ability to win: Anthony or Jackson?

In summation, Jackson said he built a team with potential but the Knicks "lost their way and ability to win close games".

Despite not making the playoffs for the fourth straight season, the Knicks remain a relevant team for all the wrong reasons. Rather than placing all the blame on Anthony, much of it should be on the front office and the owner. He'll turn 33 next month, not the stage of his career to embrace a youth movement. I can't go back and regret that.

Jackson was also asked about his cryptic midseason tweet when he said he learned he can not change a leopard's spots when referring to Anthony's game.

Jackson spent $72 million on faded, oft-injured free-agent center Joakim Noah, who averaged 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in just 46 apperances. But Anthony was eager to hear directly from Jackson. Jackson also said Anthony took offense to his assertion that Anthony holds on to the ball too often in a December interview with CBS Sports Network.

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"To be honest with you, I don't know". He's shown that he's competitive, he's shown that he's got a sense of desire to win, etcetera.

"He's carried the basic load for this team", Jackson said Friday.

The Knicks had been in the playoffs for the prior three seasons, including one trip to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, winning a postseason series for the first time 2000.

Perhaps no two issues demonstrate that contradictory nature than Phil's opinions on Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose. And I feel the same way.

League sources told ESPN that Porzingis was particularly frustrated with the lack of direction in the Knicks for the season, which led to the team's preseason hopes of being a contender ending up as a flop as they faltered with a 30-51 record.

"I haven't thought about that", the second-year forward said. "A person better be able to take that if they're going to be coached or else you can't be part of this organization".

ROSE RETURN?: Rose will be rehabbing from surgery to fix torn cartilage when he reaches free agency in July. He's the one who agreed to a contract extension with Anthony, and he's the one who agreed to the no-trade clause.

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