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There’s a long-simmering feud between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson that has plagued the New York Knicks almost all season. And, once again, it has led them to being eliminated from playoff contention.
Former Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, who won all of his rings with Phil as his coach, is taking Carmelo Anthony’s side, saying the Knicks should kick Jackson to the curb.
Pippen bluntly stated Jackson has failed in his role as Knicks team president.
Per the NY Daily News:
“To be honest with you, I’m going to have to go at my old coach Phil Jackson,” Pippen said on ESPN’s “The Jump.” “I think he just hasn’t put the right pieces on the floor. I give a lot of credit to Carmelo who is being very professional in getting through these 82 game seasons. And now he’s being benched to some degree, they’re taking a lot of his minutes away. But this team just hasn’t had it. They haven’t had it since Phil Jackson landed there. There hasn’t been any upside.”
After saying “fans would love to see Carmelo in New York and Phil out,” Pippen was asked by host Rachel Nichols if he believes Jackson “should be out.”
“Yes,” Pippen replied emphatically.