James, who will play at the Garden Saturday night, pull…

James, who will play at the Garden Saturday night, pulled the equivalent of a “no comment” when asked about the fractured relationship of Anthony and Phil Jackson. “It’s not for me comment on. Like I said, I can’t really comment on somebody else’s relationship,” James said. “I can only give my advice and words of encouragement (to Carmelo). It’s like if you’re trying to comment on somebody else’s marriage. You’re not with them every day. You don’t know what they’re going through. You don’t where the communication broke down, so you can’t comment on that. That’s what (journalists) do. I just want the best for him. And I want him to be happy playing the game he loves. If it’s here great. If it’s not, then great as here as well.”

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Asked if he got the sense that management wanted him to stay with the Knicks, Anthony said: "It was a quick meeting. That's all I can say."
He is ignoring the week that was, the anger he felt a week earlier when someone showed him the article written by Phil Jackson’s long-time friend and confidant, Charley Rosen, the brief meeting two days later when he would reiterate to Jackson, the Knicks’ president, that he wants to remain in New York — as long as the team wanted him. “I don’t know. I’m done kind of worrying about that,” Anthony said. “My only focus is these guys that’s in this locker room, playing with them. I can’t control anything else.”
People close to Anthony believe that is behind some of the constant sniping by Jackson, whether it was this Rosen story, which Rosen claimed did not reflect Jackson’s thoughts — only his own — or the interview Jackson held a month earlier when he griped about Anthony’s penchant for stopping the ball too long on offense.
Marc Berman: Carmelo Anthony said was a short conversation with Phil yesterday and more concerned about his mates than what Jax thinks.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Carmelo Anthony says meeting w/ Phil didn't last long and it wasn't like they "broke bread." Reiterated he doesn't need to explain he wants to stay. pic.twitter.com/v5MJNa0Pq9
New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony has no desire to waive his no-trade clause and leave the franchise, league sources told The Vertical. Anthony reaffirmed his longstanding commitment to remaining with the Knicks in a one-on-one meeting with New York president Phil Jackson on Tuesday, sources said.
The meeting had been the culmination of several days of acrimony after the publication of a disparaging story on Anthony by a longtime Jackson assistant coach and ghostwriting author Charley Rosen. In the meeting, Jackson told Anthony that he did not subscribe to the criticisms in the article and that the story did not speak for him, sources said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: As @Frank Isola reports, Anthony wants to win in New York -- nowhere else.
Following New York's 108-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday, Anthony was again pushed on the subject of his stay with the team. "I don't want this to be kind of going back and forth between me and the front office and management," Anthony said. "I responded to an article that I read and that was that. My clarity is playing ball right now and getting some wins." It has been a particularly rocky campaign for Anthony and the Knicks (18-24) who have lost 11 of their past 13 games.
When a reporter told Anthony about the increasing speculation among fans and media that he would waive his no-trade clause, Anthony replied: "They want me out?" "I've never even thought about that," he added. "I guess people are talking about it but it's not something I've thought about so far." Anthony also confirmed that he is committed to the team. "People can have their own opinions but I haven't mentioned it once. But that seems to be the trend when you start losing, people want to start searching."
During Anthony's post-game interview session with reporters on Sunday, Anthony was informed twice that the article was not written by Jackson but instead a close friend. Anthony, though, had no trouble connecting the dots, suggesting that it is a more than a coincidence that the writer who criticized him in the piece has a relationship with the Knicks team president. "Listen," Anthony said, "if that's what they feel…if that's what's coming from that side that's what's coming from that side. I haven't thought once about that to be honest with you. I hear it. I hear all the rhetoric that's going on out there and I still come to work every day and play and bust my ass and try not to worry about it."
“I’m not a standings guy this early, but look at it,” Anthony said. “I’m very optimistic of what we can do. I’m the most positive person there is.” Asked in Philadelphia on Wednesday if he still had faith in the Phil Process, Anthony said, “I’ll always have faith as long as I’m here. I’ll always have faith in my ability and our team’s ability.” Whether Jackson still has faith in Anthony is a different story.
Anthony's relationship with Jackson has never been great and it's much worse now. It didn't help that Jackson would not grant Anthony his wish last May and interview Tom Thibodeau for the head coaching job. Plus, Jackson publicly criticizing Anthony for stalling the offense didn't go over well either. Anthony is becoming increasingly frustrated with losing and Jackson's inability to do anything about it. He reached a breaking point on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Maybe that's a good thing.
Metta World Peace understands that Phil Jackson likes to motivate through criticism. After all, there were times in Lakers practice he and coach would be cursing each other out — "F--k you Phil," Peace recalled Sunday. "Motherf---er." So while watching from afar, Peace, a former Knick, believes the tiff between Jackson and Carmelo Anthony is productive. "Phil's going to push you. He is going to see where your mind's at," Peace said. "And Melo responded well. I've seen the comments. I like the fact that Melo didn't back down. I like the fact that Melo had some competitive comments and he went back at Phil. So it reminded me of when Kobe went back at Phil. Melo said, 'We're going to stick here. And be with the team. You know. We're not listening to anything on the outside.' And that was great. That was great, man. And that's what the Garden needs, man. They need that controversy. They need it, man. When I was there, everybody was so tense. They need that little shake-up."
Anthony said it was a short conversation before Saturday’s practice, but he said he got a better understanding of why Jackson essentially called him a ball-stopper in an interview with CBS Sports Network. “He’s got to be careful with the choice of words that he uses,” Anthony said. “He understands that, he knows that.”
But Anthony said he was “caught off guard” by Jackson’s remarks, especially with the Knicks playing well of late. “That was my question: why?” Anthony said. “Regardless of what was the context of it — interview or conversation — just why? Regardless of what you said, why every time my name comes up? Regardless of what we’re doing. He explained that. For me, it’s been behind me since two days ago. At this point, it ain’t no need for me to keep harping on the same situation.”
Carmelo Anthony said he has had "countless conversations" with former Lakers great Kobe Bryant about the best ways of dealing with how Phil Jackson criticizes the Knicks star through the media. Bryant, after all, certainly has dealt with the 11-time NBA champion coach. "Me and Kobe have countless conversations about that," Anthony said Saturday after the Knicks practiced in Los Angeles ahead of Sunday's game against the Lakers.
Anthony said he had a short meeting with Jackson on Saturday about the recent dust-up, but added that he's moved past the situation and is determined "not to read too much into it." "That's something I've learned over the years, especially with Phil," Anthony said, referring to the advice Bryant gave him. "[Jackson's] going to talk. Nobody can stop that. So try not to read into it too much."
Carmelo Anthony indicated Friday that he'd prefer to hear criticism from within the team in private rather than having it stated publicly, as New York Knicks president Phil Jackson did this week, and that he doesn't want any negativity to envelop the team. "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," Anthony told reporters Friday after the Knicks' shootaround in Sacramento, California. "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."
"I didn't talk to him so I don't know where he was coming from with those comments," Anthony said. "If he wants to talk about it, cool. If he don't, cool. In my eyes it's over. I feel like we're playing good basketball, and just to have a temporary black cloud over our heads,” he said. "I don't know when the comments were made or the gist of them, I just know something was said."
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Carmelo Anthony was visibly annoyed when asked about Phil Jackson's assertion that he has a tendency to hold on to the ball too long. "I don't want to answer those questions," Anthony said after the Knicks' 126-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
"I don't even know what was said, to be honest with you. I just don't even want to talk about that, what he's talking about exactly. I want to stay away from that at this point," Anthony said. "My focus is my teammates and winning. We've been playing great basketball, and that's the only thing I'm focused on. Whatever Phil said, he said it. I have nothing to say about that."
Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony: "We're making adjustments offensively regardless of what we're running. At this point I'm getting tired of hearing about the triangle" Carmelo saying he's tired of hearing/talking about the triangle is something he's said before. FWIW: NYK hasn't run much of it this year.
Frank Isola: Since Carmelo said we'll have "a problem" if Phil Jackson doesn't expand coaching search, Knicks have met with Frank Vogel & Jeff Hornacek. Prior to Carmelo criticizing Phil Jackson for not talking to enough candidates, Jackson had called Luke Walton & met with David Blatt.
Jackson is currently looking to find his next coach. Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt recently spoke with the Knicks, but many expect Kurt Rambis to simply have the interim tag removed, given his past with Jackson and affinity for the triangle offense. Anthony said he hasn't spoken with Jackson since his exit interview two weeks ago but would like to assist in the decision-making process. And if Rambis – who went 9-19 after replacing Derek Fisher – winds up being the coach next season? "It's kind of hard to talk about that, because there is nothing imminent with that situation. It's a process that I think should be taken, and taken seriously," Anthony said. "I would want to be involved. I hope I'm involved. Just to have my opinion heard. But I've already laid out how I feel and put everything out there on the table. Now, it's just on them."
Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson discussed the Knicks' coaching search during their exit meetings last month and haven't spoken about it since. The lack of communication is a bit odd because Anthony has said he wants to share his opinion with the front office during the search. "I'm pretty sure people would assume that [I'd be in contact with Jackson]. I would assume that too. But what can I do? Bang down the door? Knock down the door and point a finger at Phil and say why hell you ain't ... ," Anthony told ESPN on Thursday during a promotional appearance in Manhattan.
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Not yet. Not at a championship level. And, honestly, probably not near a championship level. “This one … this is going to eat at me for a long time,” Mitchell said. “Even when I go to the grocery store, I’m going to be thinking about this.” The Utah Jazz were spectacular on Friday night. Spectacular in building a 75-50 lead. Spectacular in blowing almost all of that lead in less than 12 minutes and allowing a Los Angeles team missing Kawhi Leonard to make them look like one of the worst defensive groups on Earth.
“It was a tough night for us all the way around,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “We called timeouts to adjust how we defended. We tried stunting defensively. We went zone. But we got into full rotations and help situations, and we gave up looks trying to protect the rim. It was just a tough night. We were trying to guard the ball, and we struggled to stay in front. When Rudy came over to protect the rim, Mann made shots. Everybody made shots. Seventy-four percent from 3-point range is an unusual number. But there were things we didn’t execute on.”