Team president Phil Jackson spoke to reporters today, revealing his intention to part ways with star forward Carmelo Anthony, coupled with a few jabs at the Knicks centerpiece in efforts to justify what he deemed a “cordial” talk with him earlier this week.
The Knicks have combined for 101 losses in the last two seasons, a performance which has not only bothered the Latvian international, but left him discouraged after the team’s apparent lack of direction.
The 7-foot-3 center has been one of the biggest proponents for his teammate Anthony remaining with the team, considering him not only a friend, but a mentor throughout their two seasons together.
He recently liked Anthony’s Instagram post as a nod of solidarity after Jackson’s unrelenting opinions of his star player.
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Porzingis has been bothered by several injuries this season, but has performed up to expectation, becoming a better shooter from long-range and a much-improved finisher around the basket.
The 21-year-old forward has averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game in a 31-51 season for the Knicks.
After finishing 12th in the East in 2016-17, New York has now been out of the NBA playoffs for the fourth straight season, carrying an 80-166 win-loss record (32.5 winning percentage) since Jackson took over executive duties.