Carmelo Anthony recently spoke to the media on Thursday about a wide range of subjects including free agency, Phil Jackson and the Knicks season which he described as a 'failure'.
Melo has been embarrassed by the performance of the franchise this season and in particular the fact he will not be entering the post-season in the NBA for the first time in his 12-year career.
Anthony said: "Not making the playoffs is definitely a failure for me. This is definitely a chapter in my book that I would never ever forget about it."
The main aspect that seems to bother Anthony about not being in the playoffs is the friends and foes that he see's gearing up for the post season, players he came into the league with like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh will be competing whilst he'll be sitting at home in the spring.
With Anthony's impeding free agency possibility, he recently sat down with new president of the Knicks, the 'zen-master' himself Phil Jackson.
Anthony spoke of his meeting with Jackson: "His knowledge, his wisdom, is something I could sit down and listen to all day long, He’s very philosophical ... has an answer for every scenario. He makes everything clear and just the way he talks, his delivery, his message, is, for me, something I could sit down and listen to all day."
The 29-year-old small forward has already admitted he isn't sticking around to rebuild, he wants to win now. The relationship between Anthony and Jackson seems to be vital for the Knicks and will decide what direction the franchise will move in the future.