NBPA fires back at Phil Jackson for 'inappropriate' Carmelo Anthony comments
Friday, the Knicks president said Carmelo would be 'better off somewhere else'
Friday was a drama-filled day in New York, as Knicks president Phil Jackson made some interesting comments about Carmelo Anthony, essentially suggesting that he did not want the forward back next season.
"We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time," Jackson told reporters. "And I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that will be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere where he can win or chase that championship. Right now we need players that are really active, can play every single play defensively and offensively. That's really important for us."
Carmelo was as surprised as everyone else to hear Jackson speak so bluntly in the press, and quickly fired off a "Great Gatsby" meme (naturally) on Instagram to express his feelings.
Saturday, National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts responded to Jackson's statements, calling them "inappropriate." Roberts' statement:
"We voiced with the Commissioner today our view on the inappropriate comments by Knicks President Phil Jackson. If players under contract cannot, under threat of league discipline, speak openly about their desire to be employed elsewhere, we expect management to adhere to the same standards. The door swings both ways when it comes to demonstrating loyalty and respect."
That seems like a very valid point. It may not be made public, but Jackson will likely face some sort of reprimand from the league for his comments.
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