Knicks president Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony is still holding onto the ball longer than he should be and also spoke about the triangle offense and what he considers the unfair backlash against it.
"Carmelo a lot of times wants to hold the ball longer than -- we have a rule: If you hold a pass two seconds, you benefit the defense," Jackson said in an interview with CBS Radio on Tuesday. "So he has a little bit of a tendency to hold it for three, four, five seconds, and then everybody comes to a stop."
Anthony is averaging 23.5 points, six rebounds and 2.5 assists in 21 games this season.
He weighed in on Jackson's comments after Wednesday night's loss to the Cavaliers.
"I don't even know what was said, to be honest with you," Anthony said, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "I just don't even want to talk about that, what he's talking about exactly. I want to stay away from that at this point. My focus is my teammates and winning. We've been playing great basketball, and that's the only thing I'm focused on. Whatever Phil said, he said it. I have nothing to say about that."
In regards to New York's usage of the triangle offense, Jackson pointed to a pair of reasons why its usage gets such bad press.
"It's always a little bit of a pie-in-your-face type of thing to say that this [the triangle offense] has been the reason for winning," he said. "The reason for winning, obviously, is good players. And when good players want to play together and they join in a form or a format to play together, then really good things happen.
"I think the other thing is, simply, it becomes something to attack," Jackson added. "And I think it's easy to attack it because it doesn't promote basic basketball that's being played now in the NBA, which is an open floor...It doesn't matter. It's still basketball and there's still a place for it."
The Knicks have won four straight and nine of their last 12. At 12-9, New York is three games over .500 for the first time since 2012-13.