Mar 26, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James (23) during the first quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Over the last few days, New York Knicks President Phil Jackson has been very chatty about Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James. 

It all started when Jackson referred to James’ business partners as his “posse,” and also noted how the King received special treatment during his time with the Miami Heat. James has already come out and said that he no longer respects Phil Jackson after those comments, and Carmelo Anthony is perplexed as to why the Zen Master is bringing up James so early in the year.

“You just never know when it comes to Phil,” said Anthony per Mike Vorkunov. “I just don’t understand him talking about LeBron right now, in November. I don’t understand that.”

The Knicks have received far more negative attention than they’d like. Whether it’s Jackson’s vehement preaching of the triangle that they don’t want to run or something else, the organization looks like it’s slowly deteriorating. And it doesn’t help having an All-Star who’s openly not on the same page as the front office.

Cleveland blew out the Knicks on opening night, 117-88, and New York hasn’t gotten back on track. They’re 4-6 record ties them with the Brooklyn Nets for third in the division, and this is a team with too much talent to be sub-500 this early in the season.

As for Melo, he’s doing all that he can. Through the Knicks’ first ten games, the nine-time All-Star is averaging 22.6 points on 46.6 percent shooting from the field.

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