In Ding's column, he criticizes both Anthony and Jackson: Anthony for not having what he calls the "will to win" a la past Jackson superstars, and Jackson for naively believing he could mold Anthony into a player like Jordan or Bryant. Plus, if Jackson didn't think Anthony was capable of carrying the mantle in NY, he didn't have to re-sign him to a $124 million contract with a no-trade clause attached to it.
The Knicks president is referring to this piece from Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding, who openly questions Anthony's will to win.
Bleacher's Ding nearly rings the bell, but I learned you don't change the spot on a leopard with Michael Graham in my CBA daze.
Begley noted when Jackson and Anthony met face-to-face in January that Anthony "wondered why Jackson always brought up his name in interviews".
The Knicks have been in touch with three teams regarding an Anthony trade: the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. While he isn't LeBron, Kobe or Jordan and doesn't have any National Basketball Association titles to his name, he's had an incredibly successful career that makes him a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame.
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In other words, you can never change a player - in Jackson's parlance, you can't change a leopard's spots. In a January column for FanRagSports, Charley Rosen, a close friend and ex-assistant coach of Jackson's, blasted Anthony for his ball-stopping tendencies and lack of effort on the defensive end. Not to mention the fact that this is a ridiculous and petty way to bash your highest-paid player. Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract and has been reluctant to waive it.
It's notable that Jackson hasn't tweeted since December 27, but chooses to now, with the trade deadline fast approaching.
One potential reading of this tweet is that Jackson is simply trying to annoy Anthony with the hopes that Anthony will waive his no-trade clause in frustration.
When the Knicks face the L.A. Clippers - one of the teams that Anthony might consider - Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, Anthony will be left to answer to the slight.
It is two years to the day that the e-mail from James Dolan to longtime Knicks fan, Irving Bierman, went public, the dismissive rant a new low for the ugly tenure of Dolan as Knicks owner.