Bleacher Reports Kevin Ding, published a story on the Knicks being doomed for expecting too much out of Carmelo and signing him to a $124 million dollar contract with the infamous no-trade clause in 2014.
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
While Anthony has no doubt been a superstar in this league, the knock on him has always been he hasn’t been good enough to win a ring.
Jackson’s pitch to Carmelo in 2014 was about changing this by trusting Jackson’s ability to bring other superstars to play alongside Melo. This has not panned out for Melo or Jackson, but the reason he wanted Anthony to stay in New York so badly was because he saw the scoring ability of his past superstars in Carmelo Anthony. The only thing that was evidently missing was the will to win which is what Jackson is referring to in his tweet. Jackson thought he could somehow get Anthony to want to win as much as Kobe and Michael did.
Jackson has now realized in the past three years that he can’t change Carmelo and force him to want to be a winner.
When Carmelo forced his way to New York back in 2011, he was more focused on building his own off-court brand in New York rather than winning.
This alone should have been a sign that Melo didn’t have the competitive fire that Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant had. Jordan and Bryant were never concerned about developing their own brand. Conversely, they developed a brand because they were adored winners. Melo has tried a different approach to developing his own brand which hasn’t been as successful for him.
It is almost unfair for Jackson to have thought he could recreate the success he had with Jordan and Bryant with Carmelo. Jordan and Bryant were the best of their time, arguably the two greatest at their position. Anthony has been a superstar of his time, but he’s not even the best of his draft class.
With Jackson’s latest comments on his star it makes it even more likely for Anthony to be dealt before the trade deadline.