Regarding New York Knicks boss Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony has decided to reach out to an old familiar on this topic, Kobe Bryant.New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony told ESPN writer Ramona Shelburne that he’s had, “Endless conversations” with Los Angeles Laker great Kobe Bryant about how to deal with Phil Jackson’s criticism.
Anthony couldn’t have gone to anyone better. Bryant has been through all the ups and downs with Jackson during his tenure with the Lakers. The Knicks forward told Shelburne, “Me and Kobe have countless conversations about that,” referring to comments made by Phil Jackson. While Anthony didn’t go into great depth about their conversations, Bryant surely had to give Melo great advice.
On CBS Sports Network’s We Need To Talk, Knicks head of basketball operations said, “He(Anthony) can play the role Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant on their teams with the triangle offense, but he said Anthony sometimes breaks a team rule by holding on to the ball too long.”
While Jackson was just explaining a fixable problem about his player, he should not have said this publicly as his superstar could have taken it the wrong way and created tension between the two.
On Saturday morning, Anthony and Jackson had a short meeting to clear up any tension between the two. The 32- year-old said he’s moved past the situation and won’t read into it.
Anthony said Bryant told him, “That is something I’ve learned over the years. He’s going to talk he’s going to talk, nobody can stop that, don’t read into it much.”
The Knicks superstar did not talk about the meeting with the Zen Master, but said it was short and will become public soon anyway. He then joked by saying, “I’m pretty sure I might be in books, maybe a couple of books.” This is certainly a good sign that Melo and Jackson have found peace with peace with each other, at least for now.