Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

National Basketball Association players union complains about Jackson's Carmelo comments

National Basketball Association players union complains about Jackson's Carmelo comments

The Knicks attempted to deal Anthony twice near the trade deadline, including offers to the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

One wouldn't know that, however, by listening to what Jackson has said - or had others say - about Anthony.

The reason? According to Begley, it's because the team exhibited a "lack of direction".

Anthony actually took a step to fire back at Jackson on Saturday, with the NBA Player Association releasing a scathing statement over Jackson's comments.

Jackson added that he plans to take a more hands-on, present approach with the Knicks next season. I told him this is not a situation where we're going to dump you or anything like that.

Anthony said Wednesday that he would "love" to return to the Knicks but wanted the team to make a commitment to winning immediately. According to Wojnarowski, there is an "open rebellion" to the triangle happening within the organization, as Jackson continues to insist that Jeff Hornacek install the offensive system Jackson used to win his 11 championships as a head coach. He also alluded to a chasm between Hornacek and his staff and the players.

"Kurt Rambis has all the knowledge that I have", Jackson said. "So I think I've got to do a little bit more on scene, on-target mentoring". "And I think [that] has to stop and that will stop". "I think he had some concern this year about physicality, not being able to stand up to all the games physically with his Achilles tendon, back, etc".

As for Jackson, he painted a picture that's rosier than reality, saying the Knicks are building a foundation and that fans see progress.

But Jackson believes he can help the team by being more involved, in essence coaching more. We're starting to get some players on the court we can do that. The fallout with star player Carmelo Anthony has gone from an in-house issue to a complete mess with players around the league rallying in support of the embattled Knicks forward.

Right now, they're known for drama and dysfunction.

"Players are privately fuming that they want no part of the organization's summer slate of triangle offense regimen at the team's suburban NY practice facility, league sources told The Vertical".

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