The Phil Jackson era in New York continues to be a bumpy ride and things aren’t slowing down in the slightest. At the close of the 2016-2017 NBA season, Jackson directly remarked that he felt Carmelo Anthony would be better off somewhere else besides New York for his future. While Jackson, quite honestly, might be right about that, the notion that a sitting team president would say such a thing, on the record, about a current player did not sit well with NBPA president Michele Roberts.
With that said, Roberts seems fairly driven toward sending a message to Jackson, but it is apparently one that is either unnoticed or one that has not resonated enough to change the executive’s behavior. While attending the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, Jackson doubled down on his stance with regard to Anthony, indicating that he knew Roberts was “working” to get him fined for his actions and then… saying it all again. Via Al Iannazzone of Newsday