Sports columnist Charley Rosen dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday, insisting that his recent column about Carmelo Anthony was his opinion, and his alone, and that he – Rosen – received no input from Phil Jackson, despite suggestions to the contrary.
Rosen and Jackson are longtime friends, but Rosen said that his column, which argued that Anthony leaving the Knicks would be best for both sides, had nothing to do with Jackson’s thoughts on the matter.
“None,” Rosen said on The Doug Gottlieb Show, when asked how much of his column was Jackson’s voice. “None. We do have a long relationship and he tells me things in confidence, but one of the reasons why he tells me things in confidence is because he knows I will not abuse those confidences. I’ve been around the game a long time. I coached and I was his assistant for three years in the CBA. I was a head coach for six years in the CBA. I coached once and future NBA players. I played the game. I have my own ideas. A lot of them are congruent with Phil. We have essentially the same basic view of how the game should be played – spacing, discipline, movement, all-out defense and stuff like that. But we’ve had our disagreements. We’ve had our arguments. And coaching, those six years I spent as a head coach, I had to develop my own way of looking at things. I had to develop my own game plans and in doing that, it departed to a large degree from how Phil saw the game.
“So my job with FanRag Sports is to be an NBA analyst,” Rosen continued. “It’s not to be a mouthpiece of Phil’s. It’s to have my own opinions. I’ve written 21 books. I’ve written thousands of columns on various sites. I have my own expertise, my own way of looking at things, my own credentials, and that’s what I see. I write what I see. You can agree with it or not agree with it. That’s up to you. But to say I speak to Phil – I haven’’t spoken to Phil in about six weeks.”
Rosen said he has “no idea” what happened during the meeting between Jackson and Anthony on Tuesday.
“I just see what I read in the newspapers and online stuff like that,” Rosen said. “I have no idea what went on. I wasn’t there, I haven’t spoken to Phil, and I don’t expect to speak to Phil. There’s nothing to speak about. He knows he didn’t speak to me.”
Anthony, 32, is averaging 22.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Knicks (18-24), who are 2-11 over their last 13 games.
Rosen said he does not know what will happen with Anthony going forward. Will he stay in New York? Will he be traded? Time will tell.
“He says he wants to play with the Knicks,” Rosen said. “The guy’s going to be 33 years old in May. He’s never won a championship. He’s never been in the Finals. I think he likes living in New York. This is just, again, my opinion. I think he likes living in New York more than playing with the Knicks. How could he enjoy a team that’s been as bad as they have, especially over the last 11 games? He can’t enjoy that. So I don’t know where his head is at. It’s difficult.”