The drama in NY continues to heat up by the day as the Phil Jackson-Carmelo Anthony saga wages on.
Jackson has conducted a thinly veiled effort to prod Anthony to waive his no-trade clause, an ugly but perhaps effective offensive.
With the trade deadline looming on February 23, the Knicks must decide whether they wish to part with their former franchise cornerstone.
Temporarily committing to defense in the third quarter - holding Los Angeles to 20 points on 39.1 percent shooting (9-for-23), including just 1-for-7 from 3-point range - NY built a game-high 10-point lead at the start of the final quarter on a Porzingis trey.
How did it get to this point for Anthony and the Knicks?
NY has reached out to the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers to discuss a potential deal, but interest has been tepid at best. He said during a December interview on CBS Sports Network's We Need To Talk (h/t James Herbert of CBS Sports) Anthony could play the role Jordan and Bryant did, but he has a "tendency to hold the ball for three, four, five seconds, then everybody comes to a stop". Tuesday's tweet came after Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, a longtime Los Angeles columnist, wrote a story that blamed the Knicks' problems on Jackson's inability to turn Anthony from a superstar to a superstar with a winning mentality.
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I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Referencing Anthony in a vague tweet, and comparing him to a troubled ex-player who never wore an National Basketball Association uniform is Jackson's latest dig at the Knicks star.
Knicks: Home again Friday to face Denver, Anthony's former team.
Somehow Anthony seemed able to - as he would say in his trademarked phrase - stay Melo, while everything else around him seemed to be falling apart.
Lee is as loyal as they come for Knicks fans. However, at this point in his career, Anthony is not capable of serving as the primary scoring option if a team hopes to be a championship contender. However, the decision is ultimately up to Anthony, who has a no-trade clause in his contract - something which allows him to choose which team to be traded off to or not be traded at all.
His name has been brought up in trade rumors, specifically after reports surfaced about the Knicks attempting to trade the nine-time All-Star to Cleveland for All-Star forward Kevin Love. "It also is making me stronger throughout this process".
Following a pair of crowd-pleasing dunks by Porzingis, which gave the Knicks their last least, 111-109, with 1:56 left, the Clippers closed the game on a 10-4 run. If that's the case, he probably felt that way a few years ago too, back when Melo was a free agent, in which case he could've decided against offering Anthony a max deal.