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February 16, 2015 Updates

"I wasn't expecting to play that many minutes," Anthony admitted after the game. "It was just one of those things. Coach asked me do I want to get out there and play, and just being here in New York and seeing the guys out there having fun, knowing I couldn't be myself out there, I still wanted to be part of the game, part of the guys, and just -- it's here in New York. So I wanted to kind of just try to take advantage of that moment and this moment." CBSSports.com

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

“He’s jealous of me?’’ Anthony said mockingly. “Don’t start nothing with that.’’ In December, James spent a night off in New York to sit courtside at the Garden, supporting Anthony. “I’ve been able to be alongside him, play with him time in and time out,’’ Anthony said. “We go back all the way to high school when we played in the USA youth basketball games in high school and I was at Oak Hill [Academy in Virginia], he was at St. [Vincent’s]. I’m pretty sure he’d love to play in New York. I mean, nobody would say they don’t want to play in New York. How could you not want to play in this city and in this building?’’ New York Post

J.R. Smith knows what it is like to play thought pain in his knee the way Carmelo Anthony is trying to ride out this horrid Knicks season. And Smith has some advice for his former teammate. “At this point I think he should shut it down,” Smith told The Post Saturday while attending the Nickelodeon Sports “Little Ballers” screening at Chelsea Piers. “There’s nothing he can really physically do. I think right now he can be more of a motivator for the younger guys, telling them what they should be looking forward to and getting them used to playing with him next year.” New York Post

They are not doctors, don’t play ones on TV, but two of the greatest Knicks ever, “The Captain” Willis Reed and Walt “Clyde” Frazier, know something about injuries and rehab. Though both said Saturday they cannot speak to the extent of Carmelo Anthony’s bum knee, both were in agreement on one point if surgery is needed: Do it now. “I don’t know how severe it is, but if he’s going to need an operation, he should have it now,” Frazier said while signing autographs at a Steiner Sports Pop Up Shop for All-Star Weekend in Midtown. “No need in hanging around or messing around. Just have it and have that much more time to recuperate.” New York Post

February 14, 2015 Updates

J.R. Smith knows what it is like to play thought pain in his knee the way Carmelo Anthony is trying to ride out this horrid Knicks season. And Smith has some advice for his former teammate. “At this point I think he should shut it down,” Smith told The Post Saturday while attending the Nickelodeon Sports “Little Ballers” screening at Chelsea Piers. “There’s nothing he can really physically do. I think right now he can be more of a motivator for the younger guys, telling them what they should be looking forward to and getting them used to playing with him next year.” New York Post

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony told reporters on Saturday that he "was glad he made it out" of Syracuse after his freshman year, before the NCAA considered instituting the proposed freshman ineligibility rule. As CBS Sports reported on Friday, there have been discussions among NCAA conference commissioners to consider making freshman athletes ineligible to play until their sophomore year, effectively forcing them to stay in college for a minimum of two years. Newark Star-Ledger

In his latest flip-flop, Anthony backtracked slightly on his impending shutdown, saying he’s not “100 percent’’ sure he is finished after Sunday, and still has to talk to Knicks officials on whether he will play against Miami Friday at the Garden. Eventually, Anthony will need surgery on tendon damage in his left knee. New York Post

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

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