Failure to move Carmelo Anthony 'Phil Jackson's fault entirely'


LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12:   New York Knicks president Phil Jackson watches from the stands as his team plays the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.   The Knicks won 101-94.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acThe New York Knicks failed to move Carmelo Anthony at the NBA Trade Deadline despite efforts to part ways with the offensive-minded forward, something that Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders places squarely on the shoulders of Phil Jackson.

"He would not wave his no-trade clause. This is Phil Jackson's fault entirely," Kyler said when asked about why the team could not find a trade partner. "Had they come to Carmelo — and I talked to people within his camp at the All-Star break about him — had Phil come to him 6 or 8 weeks ago and said 'we're moving on, let's involve your agent and find a place for you,' Carmelo probably would have said 'yeah.' But Phil did his passive-aggressive thing and kind of poked Carmelo on the nose about it. 

"[Anthony] said 'You know what, you're not running me out of New York.' He wouldn't hear it, he wouldn't entertain it, and he remains a Knick."

Listen to the full interview with Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete below, as Kyler gives in-depth analysis on this year's NBA Trade Deadline.

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