Jackson: Knicks want Melo 'to have success somewhere'

Reuters

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson took questions on his team at the NBA Draft Combine on Friday, and criticism of his handling of the Carmelo Anthony situation came up.

"I think I expressed what I felt," Jackson said, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell. "I can't express it any better. I thought it was well-said, even though a lot of (media) didn't feel quite that way."

Jackson has already made it clear he believes Anthony would be better off elsewhere, and has been savaged by fans and media for doing so. A major challenge in moving the 12-time All-Star remains in his no-trade clause, something Anthony would need to waive before any deal.

Jackson kept up his appeals to move Anthony on Friday, freely admitting what's already well-known: The Knicks are nowhere near title contention.

"We'd like (Anthony) to have success, the opportunity is narrowing," Jackson said. "We'd just like him to have success somewhere. We're not going to be there. Hopefully we'll be maybe a playoff team next year. It would be tough to consider us a possible champion."

Anthony said last month that the rift with Jackson has made it hard to trust the team president, and conceded a trade may be inevitable this summer.

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