The New York Knicks came away from the 2015 NBA Draft as one of the main talking points after some fairly controversial moves.
Opting for Euro project Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick and trading away Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Hawks in order to obtain point guard Jerian Grant, Phil Jackson certainly came at the 2015 extravaganza from left field.
The response from fans was one of anger and confusion and now, more worryingly for Jackson and co, Carmelo Anthony's own reaction to the Knicks' draft has become public knowledge.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News is reporting that, such was Melo's disappointment with how things turned out on Thursday night, he called up Hardaway Jr. in the the aftermath to vent his frustration:
And it wasn't only seeing Hardaway Jr. depart that had Anthony concerned with how the Knicks handled the draft. Isola went on to report that the perennial All-Star was less than impressed with how the franchise used their first pick inside the top five since 1985.
Melo's concerns over Kristaps Porzingis were shared by many Knicks fans who are impatient for a quick fix after several seasons of abject basketball.
The Latvian is an undeniably talented prospect but there is almost unanimous agreement that he will take at least a couple of years to grow into a player capable of handling the physical nature of the NBA.
With Carmelo Anthony's window of opportunity to win an NBA title closing ever day he edges closer to his mid-thirties many had expected the Knicks to select a player who could come in and make a difference straight away - Emmanuel Mudiay for instance.
Clearly, though, the franchise is thinking more long-term. Their 2015 draft choices do, however, mean making a splash in free agency may be required to appease both the fans and their star player.
Knicks fans: How would you grade the New York Knicks' 2015 Draft? Have your say in the comments below...
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