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Earlier this week New York Knicks president Phil Jackson publicly criticized the play of superstar forward Carmelo Anthony, and it seems like Carmelo is pretty pissed about it.
On Tuesday Jackson told CBS Sports that Melo holds on to the ball too long for his precious triangle offense.
“Carmelo a lot of times wants to hold the ball longer than—we have a rule: If you hold a pass two seconds, you benefit the defense,” Jackson explained. “So he has a little bit of a tendency to hold it for three, four, five seconds, and then everybody comes to a stop.”
According to ESPN, Anthony was visibly annoyed when asked about Jackson’s comments after Wednesday’s loss to the Cavaliers:
“Anthony, who is normally affable with the media, maintained a smile but began to walk away from reporters when asked about Jackson’s comments before stopping and continuing with questions. He then responded to a query about the timing of the Knicks president’s remarks and whether they were productive.
“I don’t even know what was said, to be honest with you. I just don’t even want to talk about that, what he’s talking about exactly. I want to stay away from that at this point,” Anthony said. “My focus is my teammates and winning. We’ve been playing great basketball, and that’s the only thing I’m focused on. Whatever Phil said, he said it. I have nothing to say about that.”
As president of basketball operations—and somebody with 11 rings— Phil Jackson has every right to be critical of his players. But his critique of Carmelo Anthony was tactless. Imagine how you would feel if your boss had a problem with your work and decided to address it in a company-wide email. Not great, right?
Well, on Thursday Carmelo fired back at The Zen Master with a pair of thinly veiled Instagram posts.
First there was this, a jab at Jackson’s oversided ego:
Then there was this:
A photo posted by @carmeloanthony on
At this rate, it’s pretty hard to envision Carmelo Anthony finishing his career in New York.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]