Melo supports wife’s claim that he’s staying in NYC

Carmelo Anthony will be backing up his wife's feedback.

(USATSI)With Anthony wanting to test the free agent market, does it mean he wants to leave New York? (USATSI)Carmelo Anthony is a great man.
He's not going towards his wife's word. Yet he's furthermore not confirming what the girl said.
After Una La Anthony said recently of the girl husband re-signing with the Knicks this summer, "I definitely believe he will stay. "

 

Said Anthony on Wednesday: "That's my partner. I assistance her. We support what she mentioned. I don't think she mentioned anything incorrect. It's a good thing for her to state that. Proceed get the guide. "

 

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The countdown to Melo's free company is on, and there's been a lot of question cast about what he might do because of the Knicks' struggles. However they are actively playing a bit better lately, after winning three straight.

 

Anthony has said this individual wants to be considered a free real estate agent this summer, but hasn't indicated that he might sign somewhere else. As Tobey maguire Berger of CBSSports. possuindo reported a week ago, Anthony offers told good friends he's more likely to stay.

 

And if he told them that, I would think he told their wife, too. He's a smart man, after all.

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La La Anthony thinks Melo will re-sign with Knicks

Carmelo Anthony is eligible for a five-year, $129 million deal with New York.

(USATSI)Anthony is eligible for a five-year, $129 million deal with New York. (USATSI)
Carmelo Anthony has a tough decision to make about his future this summer. He's expected to opt out of the final year of a three-year, $64 million extension he signed after being traded to the New York Knicks. Why opt out of a season that is slated to pay you over $23 million? Well, the Knicks can re-sign him for five years and $129 million while other teams can offer him upwards of four years and $96 million. What will Anthony do? If you're on Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live" show, you'll ask his wife La Anthony about her husband's plans this summer and where he'll want his next NBA contract. She believes he'll re-sign with the Knicks. From ESPN Chicago:

La Anthony "definitely" thinks her husband, free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony, will re-sign with the New York Knicks this summer.

 

"I definitely think he will stay [in New York]. I know that he wants to stay and I support him wherever he wants to go, " La Anthony said in an interview with Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live. " "Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy. "

There you have it. She didn't enjoy living in Denver and after either

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,The Millionaire MatchmakerorTop Chefshe unloaded this bomb on us on live television while talking to probably Andy Cohen. Even though the Knicks are a mess right now, passing up nearly $130 million could be too much for Anthony. They also should have the opportunity to add big pieces alongside him if they're patient when they clear up a lot of cap space in 2015. However, that will require an acceptance of relative mediocrity and zero panic moves until the summer of 2015. That's asking a lot of James Dolan. Read The Original Article

Report: Knicks-Clips considering Melo for Griffin

Would the Clippers move Blake Griffin for Carmelo Anthony? (USATSI)
Would the Clippers transfer Blake Griffin for Carmelo Anthony? (USATSI)

ESPN reviews the Knicks have “discussed” the concept of proposing a commerce to the Clippers that would send Carmelo Anthony to LA in exchange for Blake Griffin.

With the looming possibility of Carmelo Anthony departing New York as a free agent this summer time, New York Knicks officials have discussed proposing a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers for Blake Griffin, in line with league sources.

Sources say Clippers administration has additionally had inner discussions about such a deal but that the golf equipment haven’t but spoken to at least one another about a potential trade.

As of now, neither staff is certain that it will make an Anthony-for-Griffin commerce, the sources said.

via Carmelo Anthony for Blake Griffin proposal mulled – ESPN.

So that is very a lot when the girl’s best friend tells the boy’s finest buddy that the girl likes the boy but is simply too shy to say something.

That New York would consider this is not surprising. The group’s been a catastrophe despite the signature win over San Anonio Thursday and with Anthony a prospective free agent, they’ve to contemplate their options. Whereas Anthony is likely to lean in the direction of re-signing to keep the $30 million the team together with his rights can provide him, there’s also the chance he leaves, or worse yet, opts in for next season and then pulls the same trade demand because the one which landed him in New York.

However for the Clippers, it’s a much more sophisticated downside. Their drawback isn’t offense, it is interior protection. Moving Griffin for Melo does not essentially help them in the areas they need. Nevertheless, a deal involving DeAndre Jordan together with Griffin gives the Knicks a younger core and a move for Tyson Chandler together with Melo offers the Clippers the rim protector they have been desperate for. The shut friendship between Chris Paul and Anthony should not be overlooked, either.

In 2010 at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding ceremony, Paul reportedly toasted to a future pairing wth Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire in New York. Now that that dream has been ruined, the following finest pairing can be in LA. Nevertheless it’s unclear whether Paul has the pull within the organization to push for such a deal. Additionally, there have been numerous reports last season that Paul and Griffin weren’t getting along, although these issues appear to have been resolved over the summer time.

It is an enormous threat for a Clippers workforce that was thought of as a championship contender getting into the season and have the resume to seem like one. However in actuality, it hasn’t felt that means regardless of the numbers. Would they really want to interrupt their season in such a dramatic manner? With Chris Paul on the shelf for a number of weeks, it’s seemingly the workforce shuts down any such talk.

But regardless, the truth that both sides have reportedly at the very least thought sufficient of it to confirm it to media says that the thought is not being immediately laughed out of the room.

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George, Pacers pull away from Knicks in OT

Pacers Cease Knicks In OT

 

THE BIG APPLE – Paul George and the Pacers had been down and nearly out, seconds away from consecutive losses.

As soon as a late foul name gave him an opportunity to tie it, he wasn’t letting Indiana lose it in additional time.

“I wished to attack,” he mentioned.

George made three throws to tie it with 5.2 seconds left in regulation, then scored 9 of his season-excessive 35 points within the extra period as Indiana pulled out a 103-96 victory Wednesday night time over the New York Knicks, who dropped their sixth straight at house.

New York scored the first 13 points, but this settled right into a playoff-sort sport between groups that met in the postseason final Could. And it once more went to the Pacers, who bounced back from their first loss after a franchise-report 9-0 start.

“Heck of a win for our guys,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said. “A grind-it-out form of recreation. That’s typically after we’re at our best. The offense wasn’t really flowing however our protection actually buckled down.”

George Hill added 23 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who beat the Knicks in six video games in last season’s Japanese Convention semifinals. Just as within the clincher of that series, Roy Hibbert had a pivotal block on Carmelo Anthony’s drive to the basket.

Anthony had 30 factors and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Knicks, who appeared fully deflated after they couldn’t score following the free throws George made when Iman Shumpert was known as for fouling him.

George then put away the Knicks in additional time, keeping them winless at home since beating Milwaukee on Oct. 30 in their season opener.

“I believed we had the game won,” Anthony stated. “And in additional time, I do not know, they just walked away with it.”

J.R. Smith had 21 points, and Beno Udrih scored a season-high 19 for the Knicks, together with a go-ahead shot with 1:21 left in regulation when he appeared to simply throw it on the rim when Anthony couldn’t get free. The Knicks protected the lead by a few missed three-pointers by Hill, and Anthony made two free throws for an 89-86 lead with 9.2 seconds left.

Shumpert was then referred to as for the foul on George, with replays showing what gave the impression to be maybe only a slight contact to George’s arm. The All-Star sank the free throws, and Anthony missed on the opposite end, and Smith was off on a tip try.

“It do not really matter what I believe or what occurred,” Shumpert said. “They called the foul.”

The shocked Knicks walked back to the bench as if they had just lost – and fairly quickly, that they had.

George adopted Hibbert’s block with a 3-pointer, and answered Anthony’s basket with 4 straight points to place the Pacers in management.

Last season’s winner of the Most Improved Player award said he would have deferred in related conditions prior to now.

“I’d have looked to have someone else to be in that position or that role,” George mentioned. “This yr, this time around I want to be extra aggressive.”

The Knicks were once more without injured starters Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. Amare Stoudemire also did not play on the second night of the back-to-again.

They now go on a four-game road journey, maybe what they want with their incapability to win on their house floor.

George was two shy of his career high, bouncing back nicely from a season-low 12 points on 3-for-14 taking pictures in a 110-94 loss at Chicago that ended Indiana’s excellent start.

The Knicks jumped to a thirteen-zero lead whereas Indiana missed its first seven pictures. The Pacers have been only 5 for 20 in the first quarter, however one of the makes was Hibbert’s ugly, banked three-pointer that beat the buzzer and lower it to 19-14.

New York was ahead forty two-37 at the half and by no means trailed by greater than four until extra time.

The groups were evenly matched last season, only minutes from heading to a Game 7 till Hibbert’s sensational, momentum-shifting block on Anthony’s dunk attempt late in Sport 6. Indiana went on to drive Miami to seven video games within the East finals and is intent on doing better this season.

As for the Knicks, they are three-8, unable to match their robust begin final season, actually not in a position to preserve pace with Indiana’s blistering begin.

This was a significantly better performance from the Knicks, who had been critical of their very own effort and have been coming off a loss in Detroit an evening earlier, however not adequate.

 

Recreation notes

Metta World Peace returned, saying he had fluid drained from his left knee twice in latest weeks… Danny Granger is with the Pacers on their trip that concludes Friday at Boston, however Vogel stated Granger is still experiencing soreness in his left calf and will not apply until that is gone.

 

 

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Wonder Punter NBA Power Rankings- Week 3

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With just about 3 full weeks of NBA action in the books after the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games… let’s take a look the latest Power Rankings as some teams continue to surprise and others continue to fall. Indiana, the last of the unbeatens suffered their first loss at the hands of the Chicago Bulls.

 

San Antonio and Indiana are playing like the two best teams in the league while early top 10 Philadelphia is falling fast.

 

Teams 1-30 with records and last weeks rankings in parentheses are as followed:

 

1 Indiana Pacers (9-1 LW 1)- They lost to Bulls on the second of a back-to-back. Danny Granger expected back soon.

 

2 San Antonio Spurs (9-1 LW 2)- The Spurs have won 7 straight while Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.

 

3 Miami Heat (7-3 LW 5)- LeBron James is averaging 34 points per game during the Heat’s three game win streak.

 

4 Los Angeles Clippers (7-3 LW 7)- The Clippers have won four straight while Blake Griffin is averaging a double-double with 22.9 points and 10.9 boards.

 

5 Golden State Warriors (7-3 LW 8)- Warriors have won three straight while suffering through injuries.

 

6 Minnesota Timberwolves (7-4 LW 4)- Kevin Love and Kevin Martin have formed the league’s highest scoring-duo in the season’s opening month.

 

7 Portland Trailblazers (8-2 LW 13)- One of the league’s early surprises…. the Blazers have won six straight.

 

8 Oklahoma City Thunder (6-3 LW 3)- Thunder will be looking for revenge against the Clippers on Thursday night.

 

9 Houston Rockets (7-4 LW 10)- Back up center Omer Asik wants out of Houston and has been benched the last two games since his request.

 

10 Chicago Bulls (5-3 LW 12)- Derrick Rose hits six 3’s in their big win against Indiana on Saturday night.

 

11 Dallas Mavericks (6-4 LW 11)- Mavs look to get back on track when Dwight Howard and the Rockets visit Wednesday night.

 

12 Phoenix Suns (5-4 LW 6)- Suns have dropped three straight by an average 2 points.

 

13 Atlanta Hawks (6-4 LW 17) Another early surprise team is getting it done with Al Horford, Ronnie Millsap and the return of Lou Williams.

 

14 Memphis Grizzles (5-5 LW 9)- They continue to struggle and have the Clippers and Warriors on the road coming up.

 

15 Charlotte Bobcats (5-5 LW 16)- Continue to surprise with Al Jefferson still nursing a bad ankle. Have five of their next six games at home.

 

16 Philadelphia 76ers (5-6 LW 14)- Back to losing but still in first place in a bad Atlantic Division.

 

17 Denver Nuggets (4-5 LW 28)- Have won of four but have OKC, Chicago and back-to-back against Dallas coming up.

 

18 New Orleans Pelicans (4-6 LW 15)- Ryan Anderson lit it up with six 3’s against the Sixers… can he continue?

 

19 Los Angeles Lakers (5-7 LW 19)- Steve Nash is still out… but good news is Kobe Bryant has begun practicing.

 

20 Cleveland Cavaliers (4-7 LW 20) As Kyrie Irving goes, so do the Cavs. Averaging 27.5 in wins and 17.7 in losses.

 

21 Orlando Magic (4-7, LW 25)- Will Aaron Afflalo be traded? He’s averaging 21.7 points per game and playing well.

 

22 Toronto Raptors (4-7 LW 24)- Have lost three of four and still only getting scoring from Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan.

 

23 Brooklyn Nets (3-6)- Too much talent to be struggling but dealing with various injuries.

 

24 New York Knicks (3-6 LW 23)- Disappointing start and Carmelo Anthony is unhappy.

 

25 Boston Celtics (4-7 LW 26)- Started 0-4, won four in a row now has lost three straight.

 

26 Washington Wizards (2-7 LW 22)- Turning into a major disappointment early on… not was expected.

 

27 Detroit Pistons (3-6 LW 18)- Josh Smith makes his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night.

 

28 Milwaukee Bucks (2-7 LW 27)- No Brandon Knight, no Caron Butler… now have lost five straight.

 

29 Sacramento Kings (2-7 LW 29)- Only one win in November and three of next four is on the road.

 

30 Utah Jazz (1-10 LW 30)- Avoided tying their worst start in franchise history by beating the Pelicans.

 

 

 

 

By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter

 

 

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Report: Knicks brass pressing Woodson on lineup

 

Is Mike Woodson already on the hot seat in New York? (USATSI) Is Mike Woodson already on the new seat in New York? (USATSI)

 

Because the New York Knicks’ disastrous start to the season continues to unfold, the stress continues to mount on the crew to find a resolution. The New York Daily Newsreviews that whereas coach Mike Woodson is not on the recent seat in the intervening time, the front workplace is making demands on him to alter his lineups approach.

The autumn guy finally will be Mike Woodson though the pinnacle coach has the assist of most of the locker room and apparently Dolan as effectively. Regardless of the Knicks’ three-6 start and 5 straight residence losses, Woodson just isn’t in imminent danger, in line with a supply, of being the next Knicks head coach to “resign” — which is Backyard-converse for canned. If Lenny Wilkens and Mike D’Antoni each resigned, so will Woodson. Depend on it.

Till then, the coach is protected, but the word from above is to tinker with the beginning lineup, which possible will include shifting quickly-to-be-traded Iman Shumpert to the bench and sure selling veteran powerful man Kenyon Martin. The move permits Anthony to play small ahead whereas inserting a rebounding and defensive-minded ahead next to Andrea Bargnani, a non-rebounding, defensively challenged forward/center.

via Knicks not giving Carmelo Anthony successful cause to stay in New York – NY Daily Information.

This makes a variety of sense, since Shumpert has the second-greatest on vs. off-court docket differential of anybody on the Knicks, and has been the one participant to play nicely on each ends of the floor. So shaming him unto the bench whle selling the woeful J.R. Smith makes loads of sense.

As for Martin, the KMart-Bargnani-Melo combo has solely performed ten minutes together, but it was +9 in those nine minutes. It makes sense, taking part in into Anthony’s strengths (New York’s precedence No. 1 always) whereas protecting for Bargnani’s weaknesses. It permits Melo to play smallball offensively whereas covering defensively. But is Martin a protracted-term reply? And even if he isn’t, do the Knicks have a lot of a choice, considering their lack of huge man depth?

Yet the larger question is that this: Should a front-office that has so persistently tries to find quick-time period options to lengthy-time period problems really be this involved in teaching choices?

Meanwhile, the Knicks face Indiana, Portland, and the Clippers earlier than November is out, including a four-sport road journey to finish the month. If they do not discover some solutions quickly, Christmas might get to be fairly dour round Madison Square Backyard.

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Melo on latest defeat: Like we’re not trying

Hawks Hand Knicks Fifth Straight Residence Loss

Hawks Hand Knicks Fifth Straight Residence Loss

 

NEW YORK – Following the New York Knicks’ fifth straight loss at Madison Sq. Backyard, a disgusted Carmelo Anthony said it looked as if the crew wasn’t even making an attempt in a 110-90 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

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Carmelo Anthony was perplexed to describe the Knicks’ latest loss Saturday night time.

“We ain’t taking part in worth a s- right now,” Anthony stated. “We acquired to play harder.

“I am upset too in all of our effort. We are simply not getting it carried out. It ain’t nothing that Coach [Mike] Woodson is doing [or not doing]. It ain’t got nothing to do with X’s and O’s out there on the basketball courtroom. We are not getting it completed from an effort standpoint. It’s like we are not even attempting proper now.”

Although Anthony says Woodson is not to blame, Knicks fans nonetheless briefly chanted “Hearth Woodson” within the third quarter.

The house followers have not had a lot to cheer for thus far this season. The Knicks (3-6) haven’t received at the Garden since their ninety-83 season-opening victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 30. They’ve lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Bobcats, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Atlanta at residence.

In the course of the loss to Minnesota, the Knicks surrendered 40 points within the first quarter. In a a hundred and twenty-89 loss to the Spurs last Sunday, they trailed 21-four in the first quarter and fell behind by as many as 37.

Towards the Hawks (6-four), the Knicks were inside five (84-seventy nine) with eight:39 remaining before permitting a 14-2 run during which Atlanta scored on three layups and a dunk.

“You’re not going to beat anyone taking part in gentle and not hard like we did,” Woodson said. “They played extraordinarily extremely onerous tonight and we just did not compete with them.”

Woodson mentioned he may tinker together with his lineup once more. The Hawks shot 56.4 % from the field in opposition to a Knicks protection minus the injured Tyson Chandler, who’s out for no less than a month with a fractured leg.

The players spoke afterward within the locker room.

J.R. Smith – after a three-for-18 night from the ground that saw him miss eight-of-9 3-point tries – took among the blame.

“Excuse my language however I was playing like s-,” he said. “I performed horrible. I’ve been taking part in horrible since I obtained again and I wasn’t blissful about it.”

Anthony, who led the Knicks with 23 points and 12 rebounds, left the Garden baffled and indignant.

“You just got to do more I suppose,” Anthony said. “Simply try to go out there and get it performed as a team. I am not going to do it on my own. I do not want to do it by myself. We received to do it as a group. We preserve digging ourselves deeper and deeper.

“It is frustrating. Messed up feeling. Nasty feeling. I actually am kind of puzzled right now.”

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Spurs in form as Green paces rout of Knicks

NEW YORK – Even along with his team main the Western Conference, Gregg Popovich said Sunday morning his San Antonio Spurs had been playing C+ or B- basketball, adding there was “not much” he liked about their begin.

The Spurs, he mentioned, were profitable due to “luck,” “corporate knowledge,” and since “they’re older than grime.”

Apparently Pop is as robust on his pupils as he is on these sideline reporters, though a a hundred and twenty-89 rout of the New York Knicks bumped up their grades.

“I thought tonight we played a good, strong B+, A- game,” Popovich stated. “There have been some good issues out there.”

Simply not from the crew in orange. Coach Mike Woodson stated the Knicks played with no pride, even with one of the NBA’s marquee franchises making its lone go to to Madison Sq. Garden.

Danny Green had 24 factors and a profession-excessive 10 rebounds within the Spurs’ fourth straight victory. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 factors and Tony Parker had 17 in a recreation that was shut for about 3 minutes. San Antonio scored the primary 10 factors, led by as many as 37, and was in full control in between.

“It was embarrassing for us to come right here on our residence court and lose a recreation like this,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony mentioned. “It wasn’t about dropping the game, it was just how we lost the game. We did not compete right this moment and it confirmed on the market on the courtroom.”

Tim Duncan took simply four shots but completed with 11 factors and 10 rebounds as San Antonio (6-1) shot 54 p.c.

The Spurs spoiled the season debut of Knicks guard J.R. Smith, last season’s Sixth Man of the Yr. Suspended the first five video games of the season for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program, Smith shot 1 of 9 and scored 5 points in 20 minutes.

Anthony and Andrea Bargnani both scored sixteen for the Knicks, who have been outrebounded fifty one-33 and fell to 2-4 after a 6-zero begin final season.

“I’m not frightened but we do should determine it out,” Anthony stated. “Whatever it is we now have to figure out shortly, but so far as being concerned, I’m not nervous about that. But we need to figure it out.”

The Spurs scored just 76 points a victory over Golden State on Friday, but had every little thing working offensively proper from the opening tip Sunday.

Inexperienced hit two three-pointers within the 10-0 start, Marco Belinelli’s three made it 17-4, and the Spurs hit thirteen of 18 shots whereas opening a 35-17 lead after one quarter, matching their highest-scoring period of the season.

The lead grew to 24 factors in the second, the Spurs repeatedly moving the ball to an open participant before the Knicks knew what was happening. San Antonio was making roughly two of each three pictures for much of the first half and took a sixty one-forty five lead into the locker room after taking pictures 62 percent.

“We simply played our recreation and we made shots,” Parker stated. “If you make photographs it helps, and the ball motion was nice.”

Smith, who ended the postseason in a miserable capturing hunch, opened this season the identical manner. He missed all 5 shots within the first half, unable to shake the rust after appearing in only one preseason recreation following summer time knee surgical procedure.

“I didn’t feel rusty in any respect. I just missed loads of pictures, didn’t get to the basket like I needed to and general I didn’t have an excellent recreation,” Smith said.

By the time he made a three-pointer with eight:forty three left in the third quarter for his first basket, the Knicks trailed by 26 points. The Spurs went up by 30 a couple of minutes in a while one other three by Green, and fans loudly booed when Amar’e Stoudemire missed both free throws with a little less than three minutes left in the interval.

The Knicks received each meetings last season, sweeping the Spurs for the first time in 10 years. But with middle Tyson Chandler sidelined with a broken leg, New York looked defenseless against the Western Conference champions.

It was such a laugher that Popovich had Duncan, a profession sixty nine p.c free throw shooter, take the shot when Woodson was known as for a technical foul within the third quarter. Naturally, the way this one went, Duncan made it.

 

Recreation notes

 

Popovich will face one in every of his former assistants Monday when the Spurs go to the Philadelphia 76ers, coached by Brett Brown… Metta World Peace scored 13 factors for the Knicks.

 

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Chandler collides with Walker, injures knee

Chandler Injured, Knicks Fall To 1-three

 

BIG APPLE – New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler left Tuesday’s sport in opposition to the Charlotte Bobcats in the first quarter after he injured his proper knee throughout a collision with Bobcats level guard Kemba Walker.

A league supply with information of the injury says the Knicks assume Chandler could have suffered a sprain. However he will be evaluated extra totally Wednesday.

Tyson Chandler

Tyson Chandler struggles to stand up after colliding with Kemba Walker.

It is unclear if Chandler twisted his knee through the collision or banged it with Walker’s. The 7-footer was in considerable pain after the play, which occurred with 5:24 to go within the first quarter. He spent a couple of minutes on the bench with an ice pack on his knee, then limped off the court and headed to the locker room for additional analysis. Reserve Cole Aldrich helped him walk from the bench to the locker room. Walker wasn’t injured on the play.

“We do not know the severity yet,” Knicks head coach Mike Woodson stated after the Knicks’ loss to Charlotte. “We’ll know more [Wednesday] morning. He is a giant piece of what we do.”

Chandler is arguably the second-most vital Knick behind Carmelo Anthony, so New York can’t afford to lose him for a major amount of time.

The 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year anchors New York’s defense. Within the Knicks’ first three games, Chandler averaged nine points and eleven rebounds in 33 minutes.

“I simply pray and hope that he is fantastic, he’s alright,” Anthony mentioned after the Knicks fell to 1-3.

The Knicks have been extremely compromised at heart on Tuesday with out Chandler. Aldrich was inactive. Amar’e Stoudemire was limited to taking part in just 10 minutes by the group’s medical staff because of the tenuous state of his knees. Coach Mike Woodson also stated earlier than the sport that Kenyon Martin would sit out against Charlotte as part of the Martin-Stoudemire platoon at energy ahead.

If Chandler is out for a substantial period of time, Woodson could also be forced to rely extra heavily on Martin, Aldrich and Stoudemire. Aldrich is inexperienced and Martin has been limited by lingering soreness in his left ankle, which he initially injured last April.

Stoudemire is taking part in on a minutes limit of 10 per game because the Knicks try to keep his oft-injured knees wholesome. The 30-year-outdated has undergone three knee procedures in the final 12 months.

Woodson was requested on Tuesday if he needed to regulate his plans for Stoudemire and Martin in the wake of Chandler’s injury.

“I received so much to think about right now,” the coach stated.

Ian Begley is a daily contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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Rose tallies winner vs. Knicks

Rose Lifts Bulls Previous Knicks

CHICAGO – Neglect concerning the neck stiffness that almost postponed Derrick Rose’s homecoming. Neglect about all these missed shots, too.

Rose made the one play that mattered Thursday night time, and it was identical to previous instances for the Chicago Bulls.

Rose related on a baseline floater with 5.7 seconds left to carry Chicago to an eighty two-eighty one victory over the New York Knicks in his first residence sport since he injured his left knee 18 months in the past.

“That is what builds your résumé,” Rose stated. “Leaves a mark on your legacy.”

The 2011 NBA MVP had 18 points on 7-of-23 shooting and dedicated 4 turnovers. However there was little question who was getting the ball after Tyson Chandler went 1-for-2 on the line to present New York an eighty one-eighty lead with 10.eight seconds remaining.

Rose, who was a recreation-time determination for Chicago’s dwelling opener on account of an achy neck, got the ball on the wing, drove to the baseline and lofted a nicely-positioned floater over the 7-foot Chandler and Raymond Felton for the go-ahead basket, drawing a standing ovation from the delirious crowd of 22,022.

“I was right there. He simply made a giant-time play,” Chandler said. “I don’t know if he noticed the basket to be honest with you.”

New York had one final likelihood however Carmelo Anthony missed a long jumper. Anthony then stood along with his palms on his hips as the Bulls celebrated.

“I acquired the look I needed,” Anthony stated.

Chicago had simply two field targets within the ultimate period – both by Rose – and committed six turnovers within the last 12 minutes. But it still managed to equal a franchise record with its sixth consecutive win in dwelling openers.

Luol Deng had 17 factors and Carlos Boozer completed with 14 as the Bulls beat the Knicks for the sixth straight time.

“It’s tough once you go right into a game and you don’t know who you have got,” coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned. “That’s all a part of it. It’s the start of the season. As long as we are putting everything into each day and strive for improvement, it will work out.”

New York coach Mike Woodson opted for an even bigger look towards Chicago, inserting 7-foot Andrea Bargnani into the beginning lineup and using guard Pablo Prigioni as a reserve. However the Bulls nonetheless enjoyed a forty six-24 advantage in points in the paint and a 48-forty two rebounding edge, led by Joakim Noah’s 15 boards.

“We competed tonight. It says lots for our membership,” Woodson mentioned. “Now I simply must do a better job getting us by down the stretch.”

Amar’e Stoudemire made his season debut for the Knicks and had five factors in eleven minutes. The facility ahead, who turns 31 on Nov. 16, is coming off minor knee surgical procedure over the summer and looked as if the years of well being problems had robbed him of much of his athleticism.

“More than happy with how I felt tonight, so far as my physique,” he stated. “Simply going to proceed to maintain building and preserve getting higher.”

New York trailed 76-66 with 7:53 remaining, but rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. made a 3-pointer to spark a 12-zero run for the Knicks. Felton related from lengthy vary, Iman Shumpert had a dunk and Anthony closed out the spurt with a turnaround jumper that put New York in entrance with 4:10 remaining.

The last a part of the sport largely consisted of turnovers and missed photographs, but Chicago managed to outlive behind Rose.

“He showed lots of toughness,” Thibodeau mentioned. “It was a battle early on in the recreation. He discovered his way at the start of the third, that got him a little carry.”

Jimmy Butler finished with eleven factors and 10 rebounds for Chicago, which lost 107-95 at NBA champion Miami in its season opener on Tuesday evening.

Anthony led New York with 22 points on eight-of-24 shooting. Chandler had 19 rebounds, but the Knicks were unable to open the season with consecutive victories on consecutive nights. They have been coming off a ninety-83 victory against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Wearing strips of black tape on both facet of his achy neck, Rose acquired a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd when he was the final participant launched in the course of the pregame festivities. He showed no outward emotion as he ran out of the tunnel with fans waving glowing purple sticks in celebration of the return of the Chicago native.

After Rose acquired on the court docket, chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” rang out from the seats at the United Center.

It was Rose’s first actual game on the Bulls’ longtime house since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the first recreation of the 2012 playoffs in opposition to Philadelphia. What followed was a protracted and arduous rehabilitation process that raised questions on Rose’s toughness when he was unable to return last season.

That entire “Will he or won’t he play” episode was long forgotten when he took the courtroom towards the Knicks, taking a fast moment to blow a kiss toward the posh packing containers earlier than tipoff.

The speedy level guard was just 2-for-11 from the sector within the first half, but Deng had 12 points to assist Chicago to a forty three-38 lead at the break.

“I am not going to continue lacking shots that I’m missing,” Rose said, pointing to what he thinks will probably be even higher days forward. “I work too exhausting.”

Recreation notes

Chicago improved to 27-21 in house openers, together with a 12-8 report on the United Center… Hardaway provided a spark as a reserve, finishing with 10 factors.
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Knicks star Anthony: ‘I want to be a free agent’

With Anthony wanting to test the free agent market, does it mean he wants to leave New York? (USATSI)
With Carmelo Anthony wanting to check the free-agent market, does it imply he needs to leave New York? (USATSI)

Again in 2011, Carmelo Anthony was on the Denver Nuggets and set to check the free agent waters to attempt to find his method to the New York Knicks. It prompted the “Melo Drama” heard round publications and websites everywhere. Earlier than having to find a inventive solution to get himself onto the Knicks once he hit free agency, the Nuggets traded him to his most well-liked destination in a three-staff deal that included 13 players, four draft picks, and money.

Anthony has two years left on his contract, together with the 2013-14 season, that may net roughly $forty four.7 million. He additionally has an early termination clause for the summer season of 2014 if he desires to test the free company waters and attempt to tack on an extra huge cash yr onto his profession earnings. In an interview with the New York Observer, Carmelo says he desires to be a free agent and have the experience of being evaluated as a free agent goal. From ESPN New York:

New York Knicks ahead Carmelo Anthony said in a current interview that he wants to choose out of the ultimate year of his contract this summer season and check free agency.

“I wish to be a free agent,” Anthony informed the New York Observer. “I believe all people in the NBA desires to be a free agent no less than one time of their career. It is like you’ve gotten an analysis period, you already know. It is like if I am within the gymnasium and I’ve all of the coaches, all of the house owners, all of the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate the whole lot I do. So sure, I would like that have.”

In response to the ESPN New York submit, Anthony is eligible for a five-yr, $129 million deal if he decides to re-signal with the Knicks if he opts out this summer. He may leave to play for an additional staff and signal a most deal of 4 years and $ninety five million.

Eager to be a free agent is not essentially a big deal for Anthony and Knicks followers. He’s going to take a look at the free-company waters in 2014 or 2015. If he and his agent are tactical, he’ll opt out in 2014, signal a max cope with either the Knicks or a new crew, and embrace an early choose-out choice in that deal as properly so he can maximize the number of big money years he has in his profession. It will also shield him financially early within the new Collective Bargaining Settlement if the gamers get hit arduous in 2017, assuming one of the negotiating events decides to choose out of the CBA.

Testing the waters of free company does not imply he’ll depart both. For Anthony, New York was his vacation spot for each basketball and private reasons. It allowed him to play for one of the crucial standard sports activities franchises on the earth and gave his spouse ample alternatives to additional her career in a gigantic market. There would be threat in leaving the Knicks and he can sign for probably the most money there. Nevertheless, if it appears to be like like the team can’t compete for the Eastern Conference title as at present constructed after this season, there are fairly a number of groups that might afford to throw a max deal his approach if he decides he needs to depart.

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LeBron un-clutch?

LeBron James says he doesn't care what his peers think about clutch shooting. (USATSI)
LeBron James says he doesn’t care what his friends take into consideration clutch capturing. (USATSI)

A number of debate has occurred over whether or not or not LeBron James is a guy you’d need taking clutch photographs if the game, your life or all of humanity was on the line. Guys like Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki and others are individuals you are presupposed to want to decide to take that shot in right now’s NBA. Michael Jordan, Larry Fowl, Robert Horry and Reggie Miller are historic figures that are presupposed to be the selection for the legendary clutch shot.

LeBron is dismissed by a lot of followers as an possibility for that shot because he doesn’t have as many memorable recreation-winners as a few of the different options. Regardless of being the very best player within the NBA, James can not seem to get that honor. Apparently, he can’t even get it from his friends within the NBA. Based on ESPN, 26 anonymous gamers were polled on whether they would need LeBron, Jordan or Kobe taking the ultimate shot of a recreation. Nobody picked LeBron in this state of affairs.

While virtually one-quarter of the 26 gamers who participated in an ESPN The Magazine ballot assume LeBron James will finish as one of the best NBA player ever, none of them would want him taking the final shot if Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were additionally on the floor.

James obtained decidedly combined opinions from the players, all of whom had been granted anonymity, in the ballot carried out for the journal’s NBA preview challenge.

Asked which participant they wished to take the last shot with the clock winding down and a recreation on the line, 88 p.c of the players picked Jordan, with Bryant getting the other 12 p.c.

“That’s like rating the shortest big,” an Eastern Convention guard stated. “I would want the ball in LeBron’s arms on the end of the game, however I’d want him to move to Kobe or Jordan for the last shot. And don’t forget, LeBron shouldn’t be a great free throw shooter, both.”

There was one vote for Mario Chalmers, however Mario Chalmers declined touch upon whether or not he participated in the ballot (this may or might not be something I just made up).

Should LeBron be offended that his fellow NBAers wouldn’t choose him if the options had been Jordan, Kobe and LeBron? Presumably. It’s form of hard to argue with the overwhelming majority of the gamers deciding on Jordan, who is the best competitor in NBA history, the greatest participant in NBA historical past and one of many greatest clutch performers sports has ever seen. The other 12 percent choosing Kobe isn’t that surprising either as a result of he’s often on the prime of player polls for final shot duties.

As for LeBron, he could also be one of the best participant within the league but it surely doesn’t suggest he needs to be the best choice to finish a close game. In actual fact, he apparently doesn’t actually care what the outcomes of this ballot are and would fairly put video games away earlier than depart it up to probability/clutch photographs. From ESPN.com:

“Gamers in our league stated that? All proper,” James mentioned after the Miami Warmth went by means of a workout in New York Metropolis earlier than their exhibition game Thursday in Brooklyn.

“I actually don’t care what 30 guys in our league say about me taking the last shot. I’ve got just a few sport winners in my profession. I don’t let teams cling round an excessive amount of for the final shot. I do not suppose the definition of clutch is who takes the final shot. There are guys who come by way of for their teams in several circumstances.”

He has a point about not letting groups hang round. He has been pretty good at placing his opponents away a few minutes before a last-minute shot needs to enter the conversation. He has also develop into a significantly better clutch shooter over the past couple years and has all the time been a prepared playmaker at the finish of games. He even hit the title-clinching jumper on the finish of Game 7 of the NBA Finals in opposition to the San Antonio Spurs.

James has had plenty of moments proving he is capable of pulling down that shot. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean you would select him over Michael Jordan and even Kobe Bryant for that matter.

It is positive for LeBron to be aggravated or insulted by this. It is also high-quality for the nameless players to vote this fashion, as effectively. What’s possibly extra fascinating is that possibly six of these guys picked LeBron to finish up as the perfect participant of all time. That’s in all probability the glory LeBron James would somewhat have when it’s all said and performed.

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Melo: ‘Sad’ Amar’e struggling to be healthy

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – There were in all probability loads of causes Carmelo Anthony wished to play for the New York Knicks back in 2011.

Money, marketing, the chance to be the face of a franchise in a significant city – all of them likely performed a task.

But so did Amar’e Stoudemire.

Anthony To see [Stoudemire] go forward after which take some steps again each time, it is simply unhappy.

- Carmelo Anthony on
Amar’e Stoudemire’s accidents

Anthony says the prospect to play with Stoudemire was “one of the reasons I needed to come to New York.”

So it is difficult for Anthony to observe Stoudemire struggle with one other knee harm.

“As a good friend, it’s laborious for me to take a seat again and act like it does not trouble me as a result of I know how arduous of a worker he’s [and] I do know the time that he places in the health club to coach and rehab,” Anthony mentioned Tuesday. “To see him go ahead after which take some steps again every time, it is just unhappy.”

Stoudemire will miss at the very least the Knicks’ first three preseason games as he works his way by means of one other knee ailment. The 11-year veteran is working his manner again from a knee procedure over the summer season – his third previously 12 months.

“I’m still getting stronger, nonetheless getting the legs robust enough to face up to the pressure of taking part in, but progress has been nice to this point,” Stoudemire mentioned.

The six-time All-Star was restricted to just 29 common-season games in 2012-13 thanks to 2 separate knee procedures. He also had microfracture surgical procedure in 2005.

Anthony generally wonders whether he’ll ever get to play with Stoudemire when he is 100 percent wholesome.

“Yeah, I think about it. I think about [it] generally,” he stated Tuesday. “He was one of many reasons why I wished to come to New York. So for me to not have that likelihood, the opportunity to get a full season in and get a rhythm going with him – it’s not one thing I thought would happen.”

Critics have frequently questioned whether or not Anthony and Stoudemire are a good pairing. Each players wish to operate in related spaces on the floor and appear to hinder one another at instances.

The Knicks are forty five-forty four within the regular season in video games during which Anthony and Stoudemire share the floor.

They are 2-11 in the postseason when Stoudemire and Anthony are on the floor collectively, although the Knicks’ 1-2 mark last season is a bit misleading as a result of Stoudemire was enjoying limited minutes.

Recent statistics aside, Stoudemire nonetheless believes he and Anthony can play effectively alongside one another.

He’s additionally pleased with the enhancements the Knicks have made during his tenure.

“Since I have been in New York, we’ve made great progress for the organization. We’re a staff to watch. We have now more TELEVISION games now than we had before. But on prime of that, we’ve been to the postseason each single year,” Stoudemire stated. “And that was part of my aim of coming right here: to build something that will allow us to improve. Sadly injuries performed an element after I used to be right here that first year. But I do envision myself getting wholesome and having the ability to dominate as I as soon as did before.”

When he was healthy, Stoudemire performed effectively for New York final season.

He averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes per recreation.

Anthony hopes Stoudemire can do the same for the Knicks this season.

“It’s another weapon that we need,” Anthony said. “We may have used him final season at certain factors. For him to get a contemporary start off of this season, we want him. He’s a giant key to this team’s success.”

Anthony just hopes Stoudemire can return to the ground at 100% health this time around.

“Because at some point he is here with us and one other day he’s back rehabbing and training and attempting to get proper,” Anthony said. “I believe for him, I would fairly see him get back all the way in which right.”

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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