HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

November 22, 2014 Updates

His professional life has brought Anthony many things: a wife, a son, seven NBA All-Star Games, a scoring title, a couple of Olympic gold medals and, yes, ridiculous amounts of money. He just signed a five-year contract with the Knicks worth $124 million, forgoing a better chance to win a quick NBA title with the Bulls and instead staying with a lesser team that offered a longer, more lucrative deal. "I've got money. That's not the problem," he says. The problem as he sees it is that he is still defined mostly by what he lacks. No championships. No universal adoration. No sense of peace with his own place in the world as he begins the transition from the prime to the twilight of his career. "What I really want is a bulletproof legacy," he says. "How can I be known for being a visionary, for being truly great?" ESPN.com

"I'm more misunderstood than most people," he says, and he can't escape the feeling that his reputation is solidifying and he is running out of time. "As an athlete, you don't really have a voice," he says. "Everything you say or do, people have a million opinions about it, so it doesn't really get heard the way you want it to get heard. People are putting things on you and shaping your reputation, and you don't really have control." ESPN.com

November 21, 2014 Updates

“I think Calderon is going to be a huge boost,” Anthony said. “I really like his game and I think he’s going to be a really good fit in that system. He obviously can shoot the basketball, spaces the floor well, has a really high basketball IQ, he’s really good at the pick-and-roll. All those things bode well and he also knows how to play without basketball, which you do more and more within that triangle.” New York Post

November 19, 2014 Updates

Anthony said his knee has been sore since New York's 95-90 win Oct. 30 at Cleveland. He said after Tuesday's game that he has had tests and that he knew "what's going on with it." Anthony scored 26 points against the Bucks. Coach Derek Fisher said he didn't know whether it was "anything major" and that he thought Anthony would be OK. "We played a lot of games in a short time, and you know Melo's obviously carrying a big load," Fisher said. "I'm sure he'll be OK. We'll keep an eye on him and make sure he's good, though." ESPN.com

November 18, 2014 Updates

The Rockets had pushed all their chips to the center of the table in pursuit of Carmelo Anthony (who chose to stay in New York) and then Bosh, a perfect complement to Howard and Harden. With James gone and with Rockets GM Daryl Morey clearing the runway for Bosh to chase a third ring as the third wheel in his home state of Texas, it all seemed to be a fait accomplit. The Rockets sure seemed to think so. "Did they?" Bosh told CBSSports.com. "... I think they're still in contention for it even without me. It's free agency. It's a crazy time. It just kind of got crazy real fast and then it settled down completely." CBSSports.com

Jackson huddled with Anthony prior to last Monday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. "We had a great conversation, a very positive conversation," Anthony said after practice on Monday. "It gave me some clarity whether it was in the system, whether it was things I should do out there for myself, whether it was things I should do out there for the players, for my teammates ... I took it extremely well." ESPN.com

Anthony didn’t want to talk about any “finger-pointing” in the Knicks’ locker room, saying that he tried to stay away from any “negativity” last season. “I know when you’re losing games and you’re having the season like we had last year, the negativity can easily seep up in the locker room, seep up with the players,” he said. “You have side conversations with different players, guys will start grouping up and pointing fingers and stuff like that, but I didn’t see it because I kind of shied away from all of that. I had to be the one to stay positive and try to stay focused in that situation.” ESPN.com

November 15, 2014 Updates

Anthony did all he could to lead the Knicks to a victory on Friday – scoring an NBA-high 46 points on just 26 shots. It was easily his best night in the triangle offense. Yet, the end result was eerily familiar. Anthony and the Knicks walked off the floor with a loss for the seventh straight game. Afterward, the Knicks' star was at a loss for words. “I just couldn’t believe it,” Anthony said. “Just disbelief.” ESPN.com

According to World Peace, on one occasion, owner James Dolan walked into the film room for a bull session. World Peace said he was the only player to speak up about why the team was in disarray. “You don’t hold nothing back when things are going wrong,’’ World Peace said. “You have to tell Melo [Carmelo Anthony] when he’s being lazy. You have to speak about these things, so when the playoffs come, everyone knows where everybody stands.’’ New York Post

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Jim Boeheim says Carmelo Anthony is a “great player” regardless of whether or not he ever wins an NBA championship. “Carmelo Anthony, he may not win an NBA title but he’s a great player, as was Karl Malone, John Stockton, Charles Barkley,” the Syracuse coach told Mike Francesa Wednesday during a radio interview. “You gotta get a cast, you gotta be in a position to win.” The Knicks Blog

November 4, 2014 Updates

It was apparent by Week 2 that Mike Woodson, then the team’s coach, was holding everything together with duct tape and bubble gum, and then things really got out of hand. The constant losing. The constant questions about Woodson’s job security. The constant speculation over Anthony’s future with the team, which he did little to address. “From Day 1 last year, the energy was just not right,” Anthony said, adding: “It was deeper than us just coming out here and losing basketball games. For whatever reason, it happened. We looked at that, and the organization looked at that, and made some great changes in that direction.” New York Times

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As it turned out, Anthony’s 25 points left him three shy of joining the 20,000-point club. He’ll be expected to do it instead at the Garden on Sunday early in the Knicks’ game against the Hornets, becoming the eighth active player to be in that elite company and 40th overall. Current luminaries Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter and James already are there. Figure on the Garden making sure the moment is commemorated. Thursday’s game was supposed to be James’ Cleveland coronation, but it turned into Anthony’s revenge instead, as he outdid his buddy and rival, dating back to their high-school days. New York Post

Anthony punctuated the evening with a game-sealing, left-baseline fallaway over James’ outstretched hand with 26 seconds left. It was hardly the triangle system, but Anthony is aware he must know when to freelance. The question will be when and where. “I got to believe in it,” Anthony said after the 95-90 stunner. “Which is one of the reasons I wanted to come back. To embrace in and believe in the system. It worked for us tonight. [Wednesday’s loss to Chicago] was kind of a shocker. They threw something at us we never seen before and we’ve adjusted to that.’’ New York Post

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