New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony Doesn't Want to Talk About Next Year
Mar 3, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) looks on with head coach Jeff Hornacek during a break in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers won 105-102. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony doesn’t want to talk about next year. He doesn’t even know if he’ll still be in New York.

The New York Knicks are getting back to the drama that we are used to witnessing this season. Brandon Jennings opened up about what went wrong in New York and possibly could have scared away future free agents. Now, Carmelo Anthony is opening up on what he what have liked the Knicks to do this season. 

Melo was concerned about switching the offense around throughout the year. New York went from Jeff Hornacek up-tempo early shot clock offense to Phil Jackson slow paced triangle. Changing the offense back and forth caused some problems heading into the game and in the locker room. Kristaps Porzingis once called the offense “confusing” because they didn’t know what to run pregame.

Heading into the season was to mesh both of the offense together and not make it seem predictable. Well, when New York was 14–10 in 4th place in the East they were using more of Hornacek style of offense. After they had gone into a slump after the Christmas game against the Boston Celtics, Jackson reiterated the triangle offense to the team.

Phil Jackson told Hornacek that he wanted the team to run more plays from the triangle system more often.

Melo told Marc Berman of The New York Post it was hard for the team to readjust a whole system in the middle of the season.

 “I think everybody was trying to figure everything out, what was going to work, what wasn’t going to work,’’ Anthony said in the locker room at the former Delta Center. “Early in the season, we were winning games, went on a little winning streak we had. We were playing a certain way. We went away from that, started playing another way. Everybody was trying to figure out: Should we go back to the way we were playing, or try to do something different?’’

Melo talked about training camp next year. Anthony feels like the team should have stuck with the Hornacek offense. Melo not a big fan of the triangle and he left Marc Berman knows how he feels.

“I don’t even want to talk to that or next training camp,’’ said Anthony, who scored a modest 16 points in Utah despite logging 36 minutes. “It’s too much. I don’t want to talk about that. I don’t want to talk about next training camp and what’s going to happen next year. That’s hard for me personally to think about that. We still have these games to deal with, and it’s hard to look toward next season.’’

Additionally, Melo liked what Hornacek was running because Hornacek offense has the right style of players to run. Phil Jackson dealt the head coach the right hand to run his system, but Jackson didn’t believe in it.

“I thought earlier we were playing faster and more free-flow throughout the course of the game,’’ Anthony said. “We kind of slowed down, started settling it down. Not as fast. The pace slowed down for us — something we had to make an adjustment on the fly with limited practice time, in the course of a game. Once you get into the season, it’s hard to readjust a whole system.’’

For example, on Wednesday the Knicks were up by 13 against the Utah Jazz and they were running Hornacek’s offense in the first and second quarter but decided to let the second unit run more of the triangle. The triangle is slow paced and got Utah defense set and allowed them to make adjustments throughout the second half.

Everyone in the NBA knows that Carmelo has been beyond dedicated or should have proven his loyalty to the New York Knicks more than a little bit, but the question is — Has Carmelo Anthony had enough? 

Earlier in the season, the Knicks struggled with chemistry, defense and pretty much everything they are struggling with now, an identity. The long time veteran has struggled with the Knicks for about four ongoing seasons for many reasons. One reason involves coaching. Jeff Hornacek is only coaching the triangle because of Phil Jackson if you want, to be frank about it.

At the beginning of the season he barely ran the triangle offense, Hornacek allowed the guys to be more freely and get the gist of his offense. Jackson dealt Hornacek the right hand to run his offense by trading for the fast pace guard Rose and signing the three point shooter Courtney Lee and keeping Melo to make baskets early in the shot clock. Jackson did what he was supposed to do to be successful but he didn’t believe in the Hornacek offense, he wanted to run his style of offense.

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