New York Knicks News Mix, 5/15/17: NBA Execs Rip Phil Jackson on Melo Drama
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks general manager Phil Jackson watches during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Fellow executives are criticizing New York Knicks president Phil Jackson for his handling of Carmelo Anthony.

It’s not just the New York Knicks fans who think Phil Jackson is mishandling the Carmelo Anthony situation. His peers are criticizing him too.

Per Fred Kerber of The New York Post, other NBA executives think Jackson is hurting his star player’s trade value.

“Phil made a statement basically that Carmelo’s a losing type of player. Well, if he’s a loser for the Knicks, he’s going to be a winner someplace else? That obviously didn’t help,” one Eastern Conference executive said.

“Tremendously,” another exec said when asked how much Jackson may have damaged Anthony’s trade value. “He essentially said, ‘I want to dump this guy.’ ”

These criticisms came about after Jackson doubled down on his earlier criticisms of Anthony at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last week. The champion head coach seems more concerned with personal vendettas than building a winning squad.

One executive was surprised that Knicks owner James Dolan wasn’t more upset with Jackson’s behavior.

“Most owners would just roast you if you said something like that,” the Eastern exec said, theorizing the return for Anthony could be “a protected first-round pick. It sure sounds like the Knicks want to get rid of him, so teams won’t give up any of their core to add him. That would be defeating the purpose.”

Melo can still fit in. He just needs a change of scenery.

“Carmelo can fit in with anybody with the right role. Hell, he’s a talented guy. Not many guys can score like him, but he’s not the All-Star he was. He’s a very talented player, and if he goes to the right team and they tell him what role they’d like him to play, he could figure it out. … He has to accept, ‘OK, I’m not going to be the star, but I can play off a couple guys.’ ”

 

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