Report: Carmelo Anthony a no-show at Phil Jackson’s triangle workshop
Carmelo Anthony has had plenty of things to say about the New York Knicks and his future with the team but the superstar forward was curiously a no-show at team president Phil Jackson’s triangle workshop earlier this week, conflicting with earlier reports concerning his presence.
Ten Knicks players opted to attend the meeting — including some veterans — says a source for the New York Post, but Anthony was not among them.
The team declined to divulge who attended the workshop headed by the Knicks boss, but reports indicate young players Kristaps Porzingis, Jerian Grant, Cleanthony Early, Langston Galloway and Tony Wroten showed up, as did veterans Sasha Vujacic, Jose Calderon, Kevin Seraphin, Robin Lopez and Kyle O’Quinn.
The workshop apparently was geared toward younger players, so sources say Anthony’s absence isn’t being viewed as a “huge snub,” per the report, especially given that the concepts discussed during the workshop were more of a season review of what the Knicks already had been running, especially after interim head coach Kurt Rambis took over for the ousted Derek Fisher.
Reports also indicate Anthony’s absence was due in part to him receiving therapy on his surgically repaired left knee.
Still, Anthony’s future with the Knicks arguably is as up in the air as it has ever been during his six previous seasons with the team, with some in the organization reportedly having the belief that the superstar may be open to waiving his no-trade clause and moving on to another team. Although Anthony has repeatedly tried to quash that suspicion, as recently as last week.
Further, with so much in flux related to organizational hierarchy, specifically related to whether Rambis will have the interim label removed, Anthony nevertheless has expressed concern over the direction of the Knicks, and even has put the organization on notice about it. He also expressed interest in being involved in the ultimate decision in what direction the Knicks go with its coaching hire.
So while Anthony reportedly being a no-show at Jackson’s triangle summit is likely much ado about nothing, it’s nevertheless yet another interesting subplot in an upcoming Knicks offseason brimming with them.