Bernard King said Tuesday that it was not him but an associate who posted three critiques of Carmelo Anthony on King's Twitter account Monday, and he disavowed the sentiments that were expressed.
"I didn't post it or tweet it, and I'm disappointed it came out like this," the former Knick and recently elected Hall of Famer said as he prepared to serve as an analyst for MSG's postgame show for Game 2 of the Pacers-Knicks series Tuesday night.
King said when traveling, as he was Monday, he entrusted his account to an associate whom he would not name or characterize. He said doing so had not been a problem previously.
"I made a mistake," he said. "It was a big mistake. Everyone knows in this city and around this country how much respect I have for Melo, and what I think of him not only as a player but as a person. I am disappointed this happened.
"Obviously, these are not things I've said. I've always maintained that Melo should have been the MVP this year, and his skills are far more complete than mine when I played for the Knicks."
One tweet on King's account read, "Carmelo's shoulder is hurting that bad -- work the paint -- drive and dish -- become a facilitator -- it's a TEAM game."
Another said, "I was always taught -- Take High Percentage shots -- don't force it -- don't be a one man show -- don't over dribble -- ball movement."
King said he learned of the tweets at about 5 p.m. Monday and immediately closed his Twitter account.
The tweets echoed what many journalists and fans have said in critiquing Anthony, but King said they do not reflect his views.
"I thought it was a shot at Melo and a shot at the team and anyone who knows me in the basketball world knows I would never criticize any player in the NBA or any team in the NBA," he said.
"I'm not playing. I'm just an observer and as an observer, I can't talk about the inner working of what happens in the team.
"I look at things from a positive perspective and not from a negative viewpoint. I don't do that."
After the game, Anthony said he learned of what he called the "alleged Bernard King tweet''' when he arrived for the morning shootaround Tuesday.
"I didn't think too much about it,'' he said. "I know Bernard very well and I heard he was trying to reach out to me to let me know it wasn't something that he said. He just wanted to apologize. I didn't really pay too much any mind to that at all.''
Anthony long has spoken highly of King, a fellow Brooklyn native, as a basketball inspiration, and King has returned many compliments to Anthony. "I don't critique his game," King said. "There is no reason for me to."
King said he hoped to put the Twitter incident behind him.
"I know how Melo thinks of me and I know that I've had a chance to get to know him," King said. "I feel very badly that this happened."