Anthony is also the best player on a Knicks team that has underperformed in each of the past four seasons. The Knicks failed to make the playoffs this year, finishing 31-51 despite a well-documented roster revamp that included deals for Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings. That’s worse than the year before, when the team won 32 games despite having two fewer All-Stars.
Those two seasons pale in comparison to the Knicks’ 2014-15 campaign that ended with a 17-65 record, worst in franchise history.
It was also Jackson’s close friend and former assistant Website For Cheap Jerseys coach, Charley Rosen, who authored two scathing columns critical of Anthony’s on-court deficiencies, including a propensity to hold onto the ball and lack of effort on the defensive end. In February, Jackson came out of his social media hiatus to publicly agree with a column written by Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding that questioned Anthony’s desire to win.
Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan jointly opted into the final two years of Jackson’s five-year contract as team president. But Anthony also controls his own fate, holding a no-trade clause.
The stand-off could make for an interesting summer in New York. But then again, when is summer in New York ever dull?
You become a coach, maybe in your specialty position (defense or offense) or if you’re really lucky, a desperate team takes a chance on you as a head coach and you’re given overall control of a franchise. You learn the art of coaching, have success or otherwise, spend ten, twenty or maybe even 30 years doing that job, and then you get moved upstairs, to the big offices and the rarified air of GMship.