New York Knicks Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier said he was "shocked" by Phil Jackson's firing and hopes forward Carmelo Anthony doesn't hold a grudge against the franchise amid the displeasure with the organization.
In an interview with ESPN's Ian Begley, Frazier said he feels bad that the Knicks, who went 31-51 and missed the postseason for the fourth straight seasons and the 10th time in the past 13 years, have to go through a rebuilding process.
"It seems like every two or three years we start from scratch," Frazier said.
Frazier said he was shocked by Jackson's firing after the draft, attributing Jackson's failures to a lack of communication with the players and the fans.
"I was kind of disappointed that he didn't relate to the people," said Frazier, who added he hasn't spoken with Jackson since the firing. "New York fans, they want to know. They're the most knowledgeable fans. You've got to communicate. And even with the players."
While Anthony reportedly has no interest in discussing a future with the Knicks and has expressed his desire to be traded to the Houston Rockets, Frazier said he hopes Anthony doesn't hold a grudge against the franchise and understands that a potential trade would be a business decision.
"I think right now there's too much bad blood," Frazier said. "But Melo has to know that this is a business. There's nothing personal. I told the kids I got traded. ... I was devastated but I know this is how it works.
"It's a business," Frazier continued, "so Melo knows that. He can't hold a grudge that the Knicks tried to trade him. Come on, man. That's how the game goes. But right now it seems like he's not willing to sacrifice to come back to the team."