Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson Drama Discussed by NBPA Director Michele Roberts

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2017

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Drama has engulfed the New York Knicks this season, and a fractured relationship between president Phil Jackson and forward Carmelo Anthony has been a major reason why. 

On Friday, National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts addressed the high-profile beef on ESPN Radio's The Dan Le Batard Show. She urged the two to meet after Jackson sent a string of tweets directed at his star player, according to the New York Times' Mike Vorkunov: 

The tweets were precipitated by a column from Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, who discussed Jackson's inability to reach Anthony in the same way he reached greats like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant:

Jackson and Anthony have been at odds throughout the season, and they met face-to-face in January after FanRag Sports' Charley Rosen—a friend of Jackson's—wrote a piece declaring Anthony "has outlived his usefulness in New York."

According to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne, Anthony told Jackson at the sit-down that he wanted to stay in New York and was not planning on waiving his no-trade clause. Nothing contrary to that has been reported since

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On Wednesday, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported, "Jackson’s public campaign to pressure Carmelo Anthony into waiving his no-trade clause is working to harden Anthony’s resolve to remain with the franchise."

Furthermore, a source told Wojnarowski that Jackson is "underestimating 'Melo's willingness to stay."

In other words, a few more episodes remain in New York's soap opera, assuming Anthony remains committed to the Knicks and Jackson continues to operate as the face of the front office. 

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