Carmelo Anthony responded to Phil Jackson's latest barb on Wednesday, saying he's "self-motivated" and that anyone would get tired of verbal spats.
"I think anybody would get tired of it if you went to work every day and you had these spats about you, eventually you'll get tired," Anthony said, according to Stefan Bondy of the NY Daily News. "Unless you're as strong as I am, know how to deal with it and move on from it. But I think anybody, any human being, at some point in time, will start feeling a way about it. Can't cry over spoiled milk."
Anthony was responding to a critical tweet Jackson wrote about him on Tuesday, stemming from an article in Bleacher Report. It was the latest in a series of public comments about Anthony by Jackson. In the tweet, which head coach Jeff Hornacek called a "distraction," Jackson said you can't change the spots on a leopard.
"He got the animal wrong," Anthony said. "My favorite animal is the black jaguar. He got the animal wrong."
Jackson's public actions are strengthening Carmelo Anthony's resolve to remain with the team, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Wednesday.
"Jackson's underestimating 'Melo's willingness to stay," a source familiar with Anthony's thinking told Wojnarowski.
Anthony has a full no-trade clause and has told teammates that he refuses to let Jackson force him out.
The Knicks have lost 19 of their last 25 games and have reportedly put Anthony on the trading block in an effort to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis.
They have been in touch with the Cavaliers, Clippers, and Celtics about a potential trade, with Anthony willing to consider waiving his no-trade clause for any of those teams, according to Wojnarowski.
LeBron James shot down a report earlier this week that he wanted the Cavs to trade Kevin Love to the Knicks as part of a deal for Anthony.