Knicks' Jackson has rebuild heading in wrong direction

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For the past season Phil Jackson has tried to push Carmelo Anthony out of NY, something that was hard to do because Jackson allowed Anthony to sign a contract with a no-trade clause.

On Friday, Jackson said that Anthony "would be better off somewhere else". Jackson appeared to try that same approach the last last two seasons, and the team finished 32-50 and 31-51.

It was Carmelo Anthony's fault: "We weren't able to win with him on the team". Considering Jackson later said the 53-year-old Hornacek is a "young coach", he's clearly decided he needs to oversee things in order to make sure his beloved triangle offense - something virtually his entire team, led by Anthony, has rebelled against - is properly installed. Jackson said Anthony gave the Knicks a list of teams he'd agree to waive his no-trade clause for prior to the deadline in February, and described the market at that time as such: "We had some teams that were interested in making the chase".

Anthony told Jackson previous year that he wanted to stay with the Knicks.

While clearly flattered by the idea of joining the New York Knicks, Tim Cone says he is content with being in the PBA.

Jackson and Anthony, if it hasn't happened already, will need to sit down and iron out their future plans at some point. But after missing the playoffs four seasons in a row, he's made his frustrations with the progress (or lack thereof) of Jackson's rebuild very clear. Jackson says he told him: "We have't won here".

And if Jackson is hell-bent on taking the team in a new direction, he might have to complete a trade that does not include the "significant player" he is seeking. Convincing Anthony to come back, even for the most money, is a monumental achievement by comparison. Anthony isn't an All-NBA-level talent anymore, but he still has a massive contract, with two years and $53 million remaining.

Jackson also said that he told Anthony in his exit interview that Anthony shouldn't want losing to define his career.

"You don't want to end up your career not winning", Jackson said.

"I think there's disconnect sometimes with this team and I think there was some rebelliousness with this team that created some of the discord during the year".

Take Jackson's unrelenting criticism of Carmelo Anthony.

Phil Jackson vs Carmelo Anthony. Jackson would like to see him play in the post more often.

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