The Knicks mess might somehow be worse than we initially thought. We knew Phil Jackson and the Knicks agreeing to opt in for the last two years of his contract was a curious choice given how bad Jackson has been in his first three years running the front office. We knew the relationship between Jackson and Carmelo Anthony was toxic, to the point that Jackson is straight up telling the media that Anthony needs to leave and Anthony reacting with memes.
However, we didn’t know that the best thing the Knicks have going for it moving forward, young star Kristaps Porzingis, was just as fed up with Jackson as Anthony and Knicks fans.
According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Porzingis, who skipped exit interviews, wants nothing to do with the organization this summer and is planning an extended trip back to Latvia and might not be back in New York until right before training camp.
Porzingis isn’t alone in not wanting to participate in the team’s workouts this summer that will be heavily focused on implementing the triangle offense. According to Wojnarowski, there is an “open rebellion” to the triangle happening within the organization, as Jackson continues to insist that Jeff Hornacek install the offensive system Jackson used to win his 11 championships as a head coach.