“I didn’t want to press him,” Lillard said of Anthony. “I ain’t a big fan of doing all the extra recruiting and all that stuff. And I guess they call it tampering or whatever. It’s not against the rules for us to interact with each other. We all peers, we all play in the same league and everybody hints at playing with each other. ‘What you think about this?’ ‘What do you think about that?’ All that matters is whether it got done or did not get done. Or hasn’t got done, and it hasn’t got done. So, it is what it is … “I’m not giving up on anything. I just think I’ve done what I can do. And camp is a few weeks away. And you have to focus on getting ready with who we are, plan on going in as we are.”
September 20, 2017 | 3:49 pm EDT Update
Anthony’s camp is cautiously optimistic that a deal will be struck before Monday, and trying not to think about the potential media circus that will take place if Carmelo is still with the Knicks. Two weeks ago, Carmelo’s wife, La La, said the family thought a trade would have been completed by now. Mentally, Carmelo and his family have moved on to Houston. Reality is another story. Hopefully, Mills and Perry will have the right answers when they address the media on Friday because the Carmelo issue isn’t going away until he goes away.
Kevin Durant got caught on Twitter bashing the Thunder roster, former coach Billy Donovan and referring to himself in third person in a strange set of tweets. Rumors began swirling that Durant had a second Twitter account in which he used to defend himself. his former OKC teammate Enes Kanter didn’t find the entire saga to be that funny. He went on CBS Radio to talk about Durant and his comments on Twitter. He defended Donovan and the Thunder, and said he finds this whole social media situation to be really sad.
“Never,” Enes Kanter said. “He never complained about Billy, never complained about us, and he never complained about the organization. But we learned how he felt from Twitter. I’ll say it again: it made the whole organization really sad. It was disrespectful. You just won a championship. You were the Finals MVP,” Kanter said. “I understand interacting with fans, but having a fake account and just answering back and trying to have a conversation with them and stuff, come on, man. If you’re Kevin Durant, you don’t do that. He is one of the top five players in the league. Come on, man. Just go do your thing. Play basketball and try to be the best. When he’s doing all these little things to all those people who sit on their laptop and just writing comments – they got no life. Come on, man. You don’t do that.”
After parting ways with superstar teammate Shaquille O’Neal, Bryant had a Lakers team to call his own, but he eventually grew frustrated with the lack of talent around him. In 2007, Bryant requested a trade from the only team that he had ever known, and for a time it looked as though the Lakers were going to appease him. That’s when owner Dr. Jerry Buss, legendary in his own right, sent a telegram that caused Bryant to change his mind and decide to stay in Los Angeles.
Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s former agent who is now the Lakers General Manager, relayed the story at an ESPNLA event. According to Pelinka, who still has the telegram, it read: “Kobe, as you make this decision, never bet against me winning championships.” According to Pelinka, Bryant read the note from Buss, who was out of town on vacation, and knew that he simply couldn’t leave the Lakers. Over the years Buss had proven that he could build championship-level teams, and if Bryant wanted to win, there was simply no better place to be.