Carmelo Anthony Baffled by Phil Jackson’s Controversial Comments

November 15th, 2016 by Yaron Weitzman Leave a reply »

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony sat on a bench off on the sidelines Tuesday afternoon at the New York Knicks practice facility as the media entered the gym. Huddled next to him was a team public relations staffer, offering a briefing on the maelstrom Anthony was about to encounter.

A week ago, Knicks team president Phil Jackson emerged from his shell to give an interview to ESPN's Jackie MacMullan. The conversation was published Monday. In it, Jackson offered his view of what has led to the recent unraveling of Pat Riley's Miami Heat:

It had to hurt when they lost LeBron. That was definitely a slap in the face. But there were a lot of little things that came out of that. When LeBron was playing with the Heat, they went to Cleveland and he wanted to spend the night. They don't do overnights. Teams just don't. So now (head coach Erik) Spoelstra has to text Riley and say, 'What do I do in this situation?' And Pat, who has iron-fist rules, answers, 'You are on the plane, you are with this team.' You can't hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.

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