Latest update (Feb. 9)
7:00 p.m.: Phil Jackson took to Twitter in response to his initial cryptic tweet with another that claims he was misunderstood:
So after starting a ��storm with a misunderstood tweet, I offer this✌��our society is torn with discord. I'm against it. Let It Be- Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 9, 2017
At this point, Jackson's tweets do more bad than good, regardless of the message he's trying to send.
These tweets are easily made a mockery of. Jackson chooses to react at strange times and does so in a mystifying way that leaves things open to interpretation. The decision to continuously speak his truth through social media certainly doesn't do any good for the culture of this franchise. His recent one-on-one conversations with Carmelo Anthony have stemmed from the star forward needing clarity, after hearing all the noise following Jackson's various tweets and respective comments.
Such interactions and the relationship that has seemed to form between the two, because of it, seems quite unorthodox for a team executive and its star player. Of course, most things that will leave someone scratching their head are par for the course when it comes to Jackson's Knicks.
There's irony in the fact that Jackson claims to be misunderstood after choosing his own (limited) form of communication. He would appear to have a platform through the local media, but has continued to choose not to utilize it.
Previous reports (Feb. 7)
Following the Knicks' 121-107 loss to the Lakers on Monday night team president Phil Jackson took in practice courtside on Tuesday, reports Steve Popper of NorthJersey.com
Jackson was seen talking with head coach Jeff Hornacek following practice. According to Hornacek, Jackson remained calm throughout their conversation despite the Knicks recent struggles.
"Well, Phil's a pretty calm guy," Hornacek said. "We talk about things. We obviously talk about things that aren't going well and what we need to do better, things that he sees. But I think he looks at it in a calming way. He's not accusing guys of not doing this or that. He's kind of stating what's out there, how can we get better at it. Those are our discussions."
The Knicks have lost 18 of their last 24 games and have reportedly put Carmelo Anthony on the trading block in an effort to rebuild around Kristaps Porzingis. However, Anthony holds a no-trade clause and would have to approve any deal.
Later in the day on Tuesday, Jackson may have tipped his hand that his patience is running out when he made headlines with a cryptic tweet:
Bleacher's Ding almost rings the bell, but I learned you don't change the spot on a leopard with Michael Graham in my CBA daze.- Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) February 7, 2017
Jackson is believed to be responding to Kevin Ding's article on Bleacher Report, where he questions Anthony's "will to win."
Anthony has not yet responded to these remarks.