Report: Phil Jackson Asks Carmelo Anthony if He Wants to Remain a Knick

Update (January 17): Carmelo reportedly told Jackson that he does not want to leave New York:

More from the New York Daily News:

A person close to Anthony confirmed that Anthony and Jackson had met on Tuesday, two days after Anthony lashed out at Jackson after a critical column written by a confidant of Jackson’s implied that Anthony’s days in New York should be coming to an end.

“Nothing has changed,” the source told the Daily News. “He wants to stay in New York and win in New York.”

Original Story: Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson met for a private chat Tuesday, and the Zen Master reportedly asked Melo if he desires to remain a New York Knick.

(Anthony and Jackson had a testy exchange last month after the Knicks’ team president publicly criticized the All-Star forward’s game.)

Anthony has said that he has not considered waiving his no-trade clause.


The meeting took place two days after the publication of a critical column by Charley Rosen, a longtime confidant of Jackson who wrote that Anthony “has outlived his usefulness of the Knicks.”


Anthony has appeared annoyed when addressing the situation with the media in recent days, specifically when asked about the insinuation from Jackson’s confidant that he was no longer valuable to the team.


“My clarity is playing ball right now and getting some wins. If they want to come talk to me, I’m around them guys every day,” he said. “I don’t want this to be kind of going back and forth between me and the front office, management, because it’s really nothing. […] I responded to an article that I read. That was that. There’s nothing between myself and management at this point.”

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