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Q. Since Carmelo Anthony left, in 2011, it seems like star players don't view Denver as a top destination. Are you surprised by that? Dikembe Mutombo. "I'm shocked to hear that. It's not like I left Denver on my own. This is really a beautiful city. It's a great basketball town. We sold out; it was really tough to get a ticket to a game in the '90s when I was playing here. I think it's just about the commitment of the player and their personality. It's something the city and the fans and the owner need to look at: What can we do as a community, a business, as people to ensure that those who come here to Denver appreciate the city and get a chance to enjoy it. You see the success the Broncos have, you see the success the Nuggets had in the '90s — I don't see why we cannot bring the momentum back. I think the moment will come for this city to have a great basketball team again. Denver Post

February 26, 2015 Updates

Kobe Bryant: But the facts are facts. The salary cap is the salary cap. Players aren't going to leave millions and millions of dollars on the table twice to come here and play. It's just not realistic. Wanting LeBron (James) to come here and take a massive pay cut again (last summer), after taking a big one to go to Miami, is not realistic. Melo (Carmelo Anthony) leaving $15-20 (million) on the table to come here is not realistic. So we have certain restrictions, but we'll figure it out. USA Today Sports

February 16, 2015 Updates

But Aldridge smiled when the grind of, ‘Are you coming to New York?’ queries was mentioned. “You know it is coming when you come here, but really, it wasn’t too bad,” Aldridge told Sporting News. “I didn’t get hit with it too much. It was off and on, but it wasn’t too bad and I’m used to it by now. I am not in free agency so there isn’t much to say.” Aldridge also said he was not really recruited all that much by players employed by teams with cap space this summer—and yes, that includes Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. "Maybe I'm not good enough," Aldridge said with a smile. Sporting News

February 15, 2015 Updates

Anthony said he is not pitching New York as a free agent destination to any of his All-Star teammates despite the fact the Knicks have money to sign a player to a maximum contract. He is using his role as the unofficial mayor of the All-Star Game to enjoy the experience and nothing more. The season hasn’t been an enjoyable one for the Knicks. “I’m not recruiting, I don’t think that’s the time or place right now for that,” he said. “My role is to continue to be the leader of this team. Hopefully we build a team around that and we create something in New York that everybody’s been looking forward to for many, many years. I’m excited about that. Right now it’s hard to look at that picture when you’re [struggling].” Boston Globe

February 13, 2015 Updates

Last year, there were mostly unfounded rumors that Chris Paul of the Clippers and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers were recruiting Anthony during the All-Star break. “There wasn’t a lot of recruiting,” Anthony said. “There wasn’t. I think guys kind of view this weekend as, kind of, get away from it, get away from basketball. Focus in on kind of a break away from the first half of the season, and then deal with the second half after. There wasn’t that much. There was a lot of conversation about what I was going to do and what I should do but it wasn’t recruiting.” Sporting News

In an effort to keep the impending gloom from overwhelming Knickdom, Anthony cited a recent comparison—in 2007-08, the Heat collapsed in the wake of Dwyane Wade’s injury, but got back to the playoffs the next two years, then added LeBron James and Chris Bosh from there. “I don’t like to use examples for something like this,” Anthony said, “but Miami was kind of in a similar situation, too, winning 15 or something games and come back to win and get back-to-back championships. So I don’t think the record plays a major part.” Sporting News

He added that he's looking forward to recruiting free agents with Jackson and the rest of the Knicks' front office in the offseason. "I can relate to these guys. I compete against them," Anthony said of prospective free agents. "I know what it takes to play in New York. I know who can handle New York and who can't handle New York. ... If I'm coming to you, that means I really want you to come over here and join forces with me." ESPN.com

February 12, 2015 Updates

He added that he's looking forward to recruiting free agents with Jackson and the rest of the Knicks' front office in the offseason. "I can relate to these guys. I compete against them," Anthony said of prospective free agents. "I know what it takes to play in New York. I know who can handle New York and who can't handle New York ... If I'm coming to you, that means I really want you to come over here and join forces with me." ESPN.com

February 5, 2015 Updates

Approaching with the soothing calm of an oasis on a desert horizon, All-Star Weekend is a time for Carmelo Anthony to regenerate and forget the misery of the Knicks season. But more importantly, it is a time for the Anthony to sell the Knicks, for the Knicks to sell the city and for the city to sell itself as a potential Eden for any and all NBA free agents. Asked after Thursday’s practice in Tarrytown if he hoped the Garden, with its history, and New York City, with its everything, can lure free agents to the Knicks, Anthony said, “I hope so, I hope so.” New York Post

Last year in New Orleans, Anthony was the focal point of the weekend as his free agency was THE prominent story, the topic that received the most questions, even more than, “Can you believe you’re playing in a place called Smoothie King Arena?” Now Anthony will see it from the other side. "That was kind of the talk of All-Star Weekend last year,” Anthony said. “I’ve had that experience maybe twice now, last year and then the one in L.A. a couple of years back right before I got to New York. Now it’s my turn. Now it’s my turn to extend the favor.” New York Post

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