Carmelo Anthony said his meeting Tuesday with Phil Jackson -- when he reiterated his desire to remain a Knick -- was short.
"The conversation wasn't that long, we didn't break bread, we didn't have an hour conversation," Anthony said Wednesday, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. "It was a short conversation."
"I'm committed," Anthony added. "I don't think I have to prove that to anybody. I don't think I have to keep saying that," he said. "I don't think people have to keep talking about it. I think people know that, people see that. And right now, my focus is playing basketball and staying with these guys. Because a lot of these guys never dealt with this kind of stuff before. Especially being in a market like New York."
The most recent conversation between Anthony and Jackson came in December after Jackson criticized Anthony in a CBS Sports interview, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. That conversation lasted "just a few moments."
Anthony, who has a no-trade clause, had twice reiterated his desire to remain a Knick amid rumors Jackson believes Anthony has overstayed his welcome in New York.
Anthony suggested Sunday he should talk with Jackson regarding the possibility of leaving New York, which stemmed from an article former Jackson associate Charley Rosen wrote, where he said "The only sure thing is that Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in New York."
"At this point, I don't need to hear that (Rosen's article wasn't coming from Jackson)," Anthony said Wednesday. "I don't need to hear whether it was him or not."
The tension has been mounting, not only amid the Knicks' recent struggles, but over the course of the team's playoff drought with Anthony leading the way. Whereas Anthony has continued to reiterate his interest in remaining in New York, the idea that he might not be wanted could certainly motivate him to waive his no trade clause if need be.
The notion that this meeting was more on the contentious side suggests that Jackson wasn't simply clarifying that Charley Rosen's words had nothing to do with his own thoughts. It wouldn't be surprising to see there be more to the story. Jackson has been critical of Anthony's play previously. If this was a chance for the two to openly clear the air, Jackson should let his critique be known. If Anthony truly wants to stay, he'll need to see if it's possible to accommodate Jackson and provide what the team wants from him. First and foremost, that should be helping the team win.
While Anthony wants to stay in New York, Jackson will have to explore changes (at least by the time offseason comes) if Anthony cannot produce.