Knicks 103, Kings 100: To Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson’s Comments Are a ‘Temporary Black Cloud’


Carmelo Anthony called a criticism of him by Phil Jackson a “temporary black cloud.”

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Carmelo Anthony addressed on Friday the latest controversy involving Phil Jackson — one that happens to involve Anthony himself. Anthony, the Knicks star, said he had not spoken to Jackson, the Knicks’ president, since Jackson chided him in an interview this week for having a tendency to hold onto the ball too long.

But Anthony, speaking to reporters in Sacramento before the Knicks defeated the Kings on Friday night, said he had an open mind if Jackson wanted to discuss the issue. Meanwhile, he said, he wants to focus on basketball, not on what he called a “temporary black cloud over our heads.”

“At the end of the day, we’re playing good basketball,” Anthony said. “I think that’s the only thing that really matters at this point. Any negativity that’s coming towards me or the team, I don’t think we need it at this point. Especially when we’re trying to make a run.”

The Knicks are 13-10, having won eight of their last 11 games,…

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