If there was anyone left that isn't paid by the Knicks who needed further convincing Phil Jackson's reign as president of the franchise - one that was unthinkably extended two more years by owner James Dolan earlier this week - is an unmitigated disaster, they should've gotten it Friday. Joakim Noah, similar to Rose, is dealing with a major health setback (rotator cuff tear) and it is unknown if his stint with the team is going to be extended.
In preparation for any teams that may be interested in acquiring the 10-time All-Star, Jackson has stated an asking price that will be acceptable for the Knicks to trade Anthony away. "I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talents somewhere he can win, or chase that championship".
Jackson said he we would want back a "significant player" to replace Anthony, who remains the Knicks' leading scorer, and was vague on whether he thought Anthony could return if there was no trade.
In Anthony's seven seasons with the Knicks, they only had three playoff appearances and that happened during his first three seasons with them.
Perhaps one of the most telling parts of Jackson's press conference was when he was asked about NY failure to win close ball games in the season.
The best compliment he could muster for Anthony was, "He held it together pretty well with all the drama".
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"He's carried the basic load for this team", Jackson said Friday.
Jackson also said that he told Anthony in his exit interview that Anthony shouldn't want losing to define his career.
The two met in a bid to hash things out, with Anthony reportedly telling Jackson he wanted to stay put.
"I think there's disconnect sometimes with this team and I think there was some rebelliousness with this team that created some of the discord during the year".
Jackson is the most successful coach in National Basketball Association history, having led the Michael Jordan-inspired Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships between 1989 and 1998. The Knicks are hoping that potential landing spots for Anthony - the Cavs, the Clippers, the Celtics, the Wizards - all bomb in the postseason and become desperate, setting up a bidding war.
While the Lakers didn't have a great regular season, they made progress. "You don't want to end up your career not winning", Jackson said.