Spike Lee Comments on Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson Feud

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2017

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09:  Director Spike Lee celebrates a basket by Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks during their game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2013 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Movie director Spike Lee, a New York Knicks superfan, is siding with polarizing forward Carmelo Anthony in the rapidly unfolding drama involving team president Phil Jackson.

Ian Begley of ESPN.com passed along comments Lee made about the situation Wednesday to Steve Zeng of Tencent-ESPN. The 59-year-old courtside stalwart didn't hesitate when asked where he stood on the public feud between the organization's two most high-profile figures.

"I'll pack Phil's bags for him," Lee said.

He added, "I think I still believe in Carmelo, but Phil Jackson is making it very difficult for him."

The latest round of jabs between Anthony and Jackson came after Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding provided a look at the relationship between the powerful personalities.

Afterward, the Knicks president posted a message on social media directed at the nine-time All-Star:

Phil Jackson @PhilJackson11

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.

Meanwhile, Anthony noted he's not going to respond to every comment, according to the Associated Press (via Fox Sports): "I'm beyond the point where it bothers me. Honestly. I'm beyond that." He also made it clear he's available to talk.

"I told you once, I'll tell you again, I'm in that building every day," Anthony said. "Until something is said to me directly, then I'm not going to feed into it."

In late January, Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix of The Vertical reported Jackson was "determined to find a destination and deal that Anthony would agree to accept before the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline."

The franchise's problems continued to escalate Wednesday night during a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, when former Knicks star Charles Oakley got removed from Madison Square Garden following a confrontation with arena security.

Margaret Hartmann of New York magazine reported Oakley was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of criminal trespass for the incident.

All told, the Knicks hoped an offseason of marquee moves, led by the additions of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee, would turn things around. Instead, the situation has become a complete mess, as the last few days have illustrated on multiple fronts.

New York's three-game losing streak has dropped its record to 22-32. Jackson and Anthony seemingly can't get split up soon enough. And the frustration is boiling over for even diehard fans.


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