LOS ANGELES – Team president and star had a meeting to hash out their problems Saturday, arriving, according to Carmelo Anthony, to the following understanding: If Phil Jackson is going to talk about Anthony, he should choose his words more carefully.
“It’s not surprising (he talked about me in the media). I think you get to a point where it’s water off your back,” Anthony said. “You try not to read into things too much and I think this is one of those situations and he got to be careful with the choice of words that he’s using. He understands that. He knows that.”
Anthony said he and Jackson spoke prior to practice at the University of Southern California, calling the conversation “short.” He added Jackson initiated the talk to clear the air about his comment on TV that Anthony holds the ball too long and stalls the offense.
Anthony wanted to know Jackson’s motivation.
“That was my question, ‘Why?’ Regardless of the context of the interview or conversation, just, ‘Why?’” Anthony said. “Regardless of what you said, why every time my name come up? He explained that.”
Jackson left the practice before media arrived and Anthony did not want to delve into details. Over the previous two days, however, the forward responded on Instagram to Jackson and called the situation an unnecessary “dark cloud” over the franchise.
Saturday represented their first interaction since all the drama started. Jackson rarely goes on road trips, except to L.A. where he has a home and a fiancé, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
“It was behind me. I wasn’t letting it linger,” Anthony said. “It wasn’t affecting me. It was just if I got an opportunity to speak to him I’d tell him kind of how I felt about what was said, if anything was misinterpreted. He spoke his piece.”
Still, Anthony also understands that Jackson won’t be muzzled. The 32 year old said he elicited advice from Kobe Bryant on how to deal with Jackson’s musings to the media.
“He’s going to talk, nobody can stop that,” Anthony said. “Just try not to read into it that much.”
“(Bryant told me to) keep on going. Keep your head up and move. Don’t read into it that much.”
Jackson joined a team with a 13-10 record that is riding a stretch of 10 wins in its last 14 games. With Friday’s victory over Sacramento, the Knicks improved to 6-0 in games decided by four points or less – a statistic that speaks to their poise and confidence.
“It’s a good feeling. When you’re winning it’s always a good feeling,” Anthony said. “When you’re winning multiple games and you’re feeling good about those games and the way that we’re winning. It’s always a morale booster, a confidence booster. Momentum. All of those things.”
The stretch of success made it even more difficult for Anthony to understand why Jackson would be critiquing him in the media. So the two engaged in what Anthony described as “two men talking.”
Jackson wasn’t around to provide his interpretation of the conversation, but maybe we’ll read about it in his next memoir.
“I’m pretty sure I’ll be in his book,” Anthony said. “I’ll be in a couple books.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News