As it turns out, Phil Jackson will address this disaster.
Less than 24 hours after informing reporters Jackson had no plans to hold his annual postseason press conference, the Knicks sent out a press release Thursday saying the reclusive one will host reporters on Friday afternoon — representing the first time the team president will speak with the New York media since September.
There’s a lot to discuss with Jackson, including the future of Carmelo Anthony, another failed season in New York and a report that he and the Knicks mutually opted into their contract for another two years.
The latter was expected given owner James Dolan’s public declaration to honor his full $60 million deal with Jackson. But the Anthony situation is a little more tricky.
Jackson and Anthony have been at odds all season and met Thursday for their exit interview. Anthony owns a no-trade clause and wanted some answers from Jackson about where he stands.
Anthony has indicated he’ll waive the no-trade clause for the right team, as the Knicks are transitioning to a youth movement centered around Kristaps Porzingis.
Unlike previous seasons, Jackson did not address the media at all during the season — even during such controversies as Derrick Rose going AWOL, Joakim Noah failing a drug test and Anthony exhibiting discontent.
In January, the Daily News reported that Anthony went on a tirade following a loss to the Sixers, admonishing his teammates while upset that he was frozen out on the final possession.
Apparently that wasn’t the last problem. ESPN reported Anthony went off following a loss in Brooklyn in March, getting into an expletive-laden back and forth with coach Jeff Hornacek and assistant Kurt Rambis.
According to the report, Hornacek ripped into the team, Anthony responded angrily about the direction of the organization and Rambis took his turn by questioning Anthony’s defense.
On that same night, Porzingis publicly said the entire organization is confused.
“From top to bottom, everybody,” he said. “It’s hard to play like that.”
So Jackson will have a lot to discuss in his first media appearance since before training camp.