Kristaps Porzingis skipped Knicks exit meetings out of frustration

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Jackson, the Knicks team president, addressed reporters Friday, two days after the team completed its fourth straight losing season.

NY went 31-51, falling well short of expectations with its third consecutive 50-loss season. Jackson looked into trading Carmelo Anthony before the trade deadline and said on Friday that Anthony would be "better off somewhere else" to pursue a championship.

Anthony has taken the high road, but has made clear his distrust and distaste for Jackson's sniping - which Jackson insisted is not criticism, but I'd advise you to take a read of the Bleacher Report column that Jackson tweeted his endorsement of and let Carmelo know how that is not shot. "You lose in the first round, it didn't work out, and you think, 'We gotta change some people on our team.' So there maybe some quick outs that may change some people's minds as to what they're going to do".

Jackson also suggested that the Knicks might be better off to move on without the star player, who just happens to have a no-trade clause. Considering Jackson later said the 53-year-old Hornacek is a "young coach", he's clearly decided he needs to oversee things in order to make sure his beloved triangle offense - something virtually his entire team, led by Anthony, has rebelled against - is properly installed. He's the one who agreed to a contract extension with Anthony, and he's the one who agreed to the no-trade clause.

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"He had a game he didn't take a three, which I told him that was important", Jackson said. "You don't want to end your career not winning, this is not something you want to have labeled on your career", Jackson said. "This is not something that you want to have labeled on your career". He's shown that he's competitive, he's shown that he's got a sense of desire to win, etc. Something that we can talk about later on down the line. But he likes it here. An Anthony trade would essentially turn the keys of the franchise, at least the on-court product, over to Kristaps Porzingis.

Anthony, however, didn't seem to approve of Jackson's comments, posting a suggestive Instagram with the caption "REALLY" shortly after Jackson's press conference.

He met with Anthony a day earlier, a meeting he said was cordial. He was unapologetic about saying Anthony holds the ball, calling it "pure fact" and said if Anthony was offended, he was unwilling to be "coached". That's what he does.

As Jackson said Thursday, the market will develop after the playoffs. Yet Jackson went out of his way to paint Melo as the grand saboteur of his beloved triangle offense, while Rose received several compliments for his desire to remain in NY.

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