Jackson didn’t hold back during his end-of-the-season press conference in April, blasting Anthony’s shot selection and defensive effort. It was the culmination of a Super Cheap Jerseys China season’s worth of bombs the Zen Master launched in Anthony’s direction.
“We’ve not been able to win with him on the court at this time,” Jackson said during his exit press conference. “I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talents somewhere he can win, or chase that championship.”
Roberts took action, reaching out to NBA commissioner Adam Silver shortly after Jackson’s comments. In a statement, the union cited its own inability to speak publicly about players wanting to be employed elsewhere.
“The door swings both ways when it comes to demonstrating loyalty and respect,” Roberts told Araton.
But the league has yet to respond to Jackson’s comments or the NBPA’s complaint. That hasn’t sat well with Roberts, who says she has players who are “very unhappy” with the NBA’s silence.
“I’m a cornerback that thinks like a Mike linebacker,” he told SB Nation in an interview. He clearly prizes hitting and tackling, traits not instantly associated with most cornerbacks.
“My preparation is everything for me. I didn’t really have any hobbies outside of football. If I’m not playing football, I’m watching tape on some player. I’m trying to study on Google, just trying to find any kind of tidbit that I can.”
And surprisingly, while Rossi’s outrage knew no bounds when it came to Crosby’s cross-check in the face, he was strangely silent both about Patric Hornqvist trying to take Lars Eller’s head off with a wild elbow (missing and hitting Conor Sheary in an incident which saw the Pens forward follow his captain down the tunnel) and Chris Kunitz taking the kind of run at T.J. Oshie that, based on previous form, would have had him calling for Pens fans to storm the Verizon Center behind a rampaging Iceburgh carrying burning Easton Synergy torches, had it been thrown the other way.