HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

December 10, 2014 Updates

Several Knicks, in addition to Hardaway, are at odds with Anthony and believe he's not playing team basketball. Sources said players voiced their displeasure with Anthony this past weekend, telling him he shoots too much, doesn't move or pass the ball, and only plays defense when he feels like it. Sources said the most tension exists between Anthony and Hardaway as they haven't cared for one another almost since Hardaway joined the team last season, with each player believing the other shoots too much and doesn't care about defense. Sources said Hardaway was also bothered by the favorable treatment Anthony received under last year's coach, Mike Woodson. ESPN.com

Sources said one thing Anthony and his teammates do agree on is their disdain for the triangle offense. For weeks, if not longer, the players have been ready to ditch the triangle and move on to another system. They feel like other teams know what they're going to run and where they're going to go on the court, which makes it easier to stop them. When team president Phil Jackson gave his "state of the team'' address Monday, he said the Knicks players have shown defiance to the changes he and Fisher have made in the name of "changing the culture.'' ESPN.com

Certain his second-year teammate was speaking to him, Carmelo Anthony approached Hardaway on the way down the court and used an expletive to ask Hardaway who in the world he thought he was talking to. Anthony, according to sources, then used another expletive in telling Hardaway he was going to beat him up when they got into the locker room after the game. While the two players never wound up fighting, the episode was emblematic of the volatile state of the Knicks. Off to their worst start in franchise history at 4-19, the Knicks are a team full of discord, defiance and doubt, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. ESPN.com

"Nobody's taken a swing at anybody, but there's a lot of arguing and cursing each other out after games,'' one source said. In addition to the Knicks' lack of chemistry, sources say the players believe coach Derek Fisher's insistence on running the triangle offense is another key reason for New York's struggles. ESPN.com

"Guys are definitely frustrated,'' one source said. "But some of it's just basketball stuff that the players don't like doing. When somebody's demanding that you make a hard cut, you don't like it because you have to work harder. When someone says it's not okay to throw a bull---- pass, guys don't like it.'' ESPN.com

Anthony even suggested the possibility of taking some time to get his knee to 100 percent. He missed two games late last month with back spasms, and was in the trainer’s room for 40 minutes getting treatment on his knee following Tuesday night’s loss. “At this point, it’s evaluating and seeing,’’ Anthony said. “Some days are better than others. It’s a matter if I want to continue to play on it and the pain threshold. The flip side to that is we are losing games. I hate it, I hate to sit on the sidelines and watch my teammates. New York Post

“At this point, sitting down with trainers and coaches and seeing what’s best for everybody. If it’s best for me to sit out, take some time to get it right, then that’s a decision we’ll have to make. But they’ll have to pull me out. “It don’t get better, it don’t get worse. I’ll see. I don’t have that answer now. I’ll see how it feels [Wednesday].’’ New York Post

December 9, 2014 Updates

Anthony, who says he doesn't read the papers, said it was brought to his attention what Jackson said. Overall, it didn't seem the Knicks were bothered by Jackson's assessment as much as they are by their record. "I don't like to lose," Anthony said before the morning shootaround. "I don't like to see us sitting at 4-18 right now. "Loser's mentality, I think a lot of people will kind of decipher that in their own different ways. You ask 10 people, you're going to get 10 different opinions of what that means. I know we don't have a losing mentality. I just know that when you're losing basketball games, it's easier to figure out how not to lose than it is how to win games." Newsday

The Knicks are struggling as they learn Phil Jackson's triangle offense and Dennis Rodman, once a key piece of some of Jackson's championship teams, doesn't get it. "I learned that in probably 15 minutes when I was in Chicago," the former NBA bad boy/rebound machine said Tuesday morning at an appearance in Manhattan. "It's not that difficult. It's a triangle. "Everybody has an opportunity to touch the ball and shoot it. It seems like it goes back to Carmelo Anthony and then everything stops. What are you going to do?" New York Daily News

December 8, 2014 Updates

"I think everybody's still trying to learn it," Anthony said Thursday. "Guys for the most part are just trying to become more comfortable with their roles in this system. Now, with what we're doing, you've got to kind of be comfortable with being uncomfortable. A lot of times, in people's careers and guys' careers, they've never had to do that. So it's been a culture shock for everybody. But we've got to do it. This is what we're going to be running, and we've got to adjust to it." NBA.com

December 5, 2014 Updates

Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love traded 3-point bombs and fine-tuned their offensive arsenal. And, of course, the subject of playing together did come up among the trio of stars and former Olympic teammates. “I think naturally being around each other this summer and the Olympics and just in common passing, we have always talked about the opportunity to obviously play against each other but playing with each other as well,” Love said in a conversation with ESPNNewYork.com. “It is always something fun to think about when you have a bunch of guys in the gym this summer. And if not on our respective teams, then maybe at the Olympics.” ESPN.com

Love had said himself earlier this summer before his trade to Cleveland that Phil made New York more intriguing. “It is always something fun to think about,” Love said when asked about if he and Anthony had ever discussed the possibility of teaming up. “New York is one of my favorite places in the world, I spend a lot of time in New York. And going to play [there] whether it is the Barclays Center or even more so Madison Square Garden, I said it last year, it is the mecca of basketball. Everybody loves to play there. So it is always something fun to think [about].” ESPN.com

December 4, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony claims in a new documentary that a five-year, $124 million deal nearly wasn’t enough to keep him in New York (ESPN, Dec. 3). “It was one part of time where I was just like, ‘Yo, I’m going,'” Anthony said in the documentary “Carmelo: Made in New York” that premiered Tuesday on the MSG Network. The Knicks Blog

The Bulls could only offer Anthony $74 million unless they were able to pull off a sign-and-trade agreement. “It came down to Chicago and New York. Chicago was the one that, from day one, was something that I was very impressed with. They was looking for a person like me to come in and just take them to the next level,” Anthony said. “So it was perfect. It was a perfect setup, perfect fit for me in Chicago. But then also I had to think about just living in Chicago. Do I want to live in Chicago? Do I want to take everything that I created in New York and move all of that? It came down to that.” The Knicks Blog

December 1, 2014 Updates

Melo's cohort Amar'e Stoudemire seems linked to the rise of that first name. Amare (no apostrophe, that is) went from unranked in 2004 to No. 631 in 2005, which happened to be Stoudemire's first All-Star season. He joined the Knicks midway through 2010. The name saw big bumps in popularity in 2010 and 2011. It peaked there and has since noticeably fallen in popularity. Kyrie is shooting up the charts in boys name popularity. In fact, it had the 10th-biggest popularity ranking increase from 2012 to 2013. Kyrie was not in the top 1,000 boys' names until 2012. Kyrie Irving was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and the runaway 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year. SB Nation

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