Carmelo Anthony: Cryptic Instagram posts were about Phil Jackson
Carmelo Anthony on Friday confirmed what most suspected by admitting two cryptic Instagram posts from Thursday were about New York Knicks president Phil Jackson.
The entire kerfuffle was spawned by Jackson essentially suggesting during a radio interview earlier this week that Anthony’s ball-hogging ways prevented him from thriving in the triangle offense.
But as far as Anthony is concerned, for all intents and purposes it’s water under the bridge.
“I think I said my part of it,’’ Anthony said Friday at Knicks shootaround of his social media-based reaction to Jackson’s barbs.
What seems to trouble Anthony most about Jackson’s critique is the timing of it, as the Knicks (12-10) seemingly had turned the corner after a rough start to the season, winning four in a row and seven of ten before Wednesday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I think we’re playing good basketball. I don’t know what’s this cloud over the team now. We lost a game,” Anthony said. “I just feel if it was something he wanted to address and had a stance on something, the door has always been open both ways. He always sends me a text or talks to me if it was any type of problem that was going on. I always welcome the conversation with open arms.”
In the end, Anthony would just as much like to move on from the controversy and worry about winning games.
“At the end of the day, my focus is us and what we’re doing,’’ he said. “We’re at a point as a team we’re making strides, playing good basketball. I just don’t know what was behind the comments or where the comments came from.”
It’s safe to assume Anthony is not the only one who feels that way. After all, Jackson enjoys being a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. In other words, it’s simply more of the same from Jackson.