Season-opener vs. Knicks to help Thunder's Carmelo Anthony 'close that chapter'


Anthony later said he was "stabbed in the back" by Jackson, which could have been avoided had he been more communicative. While the final decision to go to the Thunder did come down to Anthony, he revealed to Stein that his son may have helped him make his choice.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, Carmelo said he initially believed in Phil Jackson's direction.

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Anthony's long-held determination to outlast Jackson in NY had eroded, and even after Jackson's departure from the Knicks in late June he no longer wanted to stick around.

"... I was being pushed out".

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While powerhouse teams like the Golden State Warriors stand in their way, Anthony is still looking forward to getting a fresh start, especially with how his final season in NY went. "I just didn't feel like they were honest with me".

Anthony's partnership with the Knicks became toxic last season, to the point that both sides desperately wanted a separation. "And I still had to go in that gym and play and practice and deal with the media, answer all those questions every day", Anthony said. He was like, 'Dad, where you getting traded to?' I told him, 'I don't know, where do you think I should go?' He said: 'You really want me to give you my opinion?

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Earlier this offseason, we learned Anthony's top priority was to stay close in proximity to his son. "I don't think that chapter has been closed yet". Houston and Cleveland tried to trade for him, and Portland had perhaps the best available offer, but Anthony ultimately left for the decidedly uncosmopolitan prarie of Oklahoma City. "But however he feels, you have to get that from him", Hornacek said.