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February 8, 2016 | 6:44 am EST Update

Knicks concerned about Melo?

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Anthony’s surgically repaired left knee has already cost him seven games this season while robbing him of a quick first step and any explosiveness at the rim. The Knicks have copped to giving Anthony one MRI but according to a team source, Anthony has had two MRIs in the past three weeks so the concern over his long-term health is very real. “Today, it wasn’t that sore,” Anthony said. “I think the couple of days off helped.”
Bryant has played against the Spurs 90 times in his career but has only matched up against Leonard, who entered the league in 2011, a handful of times. So when Kobe was asked before the game about the differences between Leonard and former Spur Bruce Bowen — San Antonio’s main defender on him previously — Bryant couldn’t give a definitive answer. “It’s very difficult to give you a very intelligent … I could give you a BS answer but it’s hard to make that comparison,” Bryant said. “I saw Bruce so many times. Kawhi I’ve only played against one-and-a-half times and nothing at a really high level of a matchup. So it’s very hard for me to compare the two. From what I see on TV Bruce uses length a lot more. He was kind of in and out, tapping the arms and trying to break your rhythm, things of that nature. Kawhi tends to use his body a lot more and plays position a lot more. But they both have phenomenal hands.”
“After the game we talked about Kawhi a little bit,” Bryant said about his postgame chat with the Spurs head coach. “[Popovich] wanted me to stay in his ear a little bit and talk to him a little bit. I definitely, definitely, definitely will. I think he has a tremendous amount of potential and he’s only going to get better. So if I can help him out in that regard, I most certainly will.”
Tony Parker now cleared things… and made the French, and not only, basketball fans quite relieved. “Yes, I’ll be there for the Olympic Qualyfing Tournament and I will be in the Olympic Games if we qualify.” I want to play for France”, said the player in L’Equipe. “We’ve had many discussions with Axelle (his wife) and we agreed. We had to make the decision for two. She knows how important it is for me. We evaluated all the situations and I’ve made my decision”.
Storyline: Olympic Games
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Lue would admit that this isn’t the ideal set of circumstances to get a job promotion. But he understands the dynamics and says it doesn’t change his focus on achieving the goals he’s set for this team. “Look, they ridiculed Jesus Christ, so I’m certainly no exception,” Lue told cleveland.com in an exclusive interview. “I don’t care what’s being said. I know how loyal I was to Coach Blatt and the people that know me understand that. I have no control over what people think. I have a job to do and I’m going to do my best.”
Contrary to popular belief, Lue and Blatt are on very good terms. “Me and Blatt are cool,” Lue said to cleveland.com. “We’ve spoken a few times since [he was let go]. I text him a few days ago, so it’s not what people want to think. To say I was doing things behind the scenes to get this job is crazy. This job? A team that’s in first place? Come on. “As long as Coach Blatt supports me, that’s all that matters.”
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With Robinson out to start the 1997-98 season, the Spurs struggled to a 3-14 start. On the day that Robinson returned, then-general manager Gregg Popovich fired Hill and took over as head coach. San Antonio won three of the next five games before Robinson suffered a season-ending foot fracture, leading the Spurs to a 20-62 season that put them in draft position to add Tim Duncan. Five NBA championships later, Popovich remains coach. “We did really well but that’s part of life,” said Hill, who has kept home base in Boerne, Texas, which is an hour northwest of San Antonio. “I guess I didn’t do good enough. I don’t know. He wanted to be the coach. And as soon as he had an opportunity to get rid of me, he did it. It’s too bad. The league’s like that sometimes. You’re going to run into people like that sometimes and that’s part of life. It was a great experience. I’m happy I had that. It hasn’t affected my coaching. I continued to coach and always will.”
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