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February 9, 2015 Updates

Last season, Anthony also cursed out a heckler during a game at the Garden. He realizes the importance of the fans, but wants them to know the players are experiencing the same feelings. “I said this earlier in the year, it’s frustrating for the fans, for me, for us, for the team,’’ Anthony said. “I get the frustration coming from the fans … but we’re the ones going through it, too, and we have to deal with it, too. We have to come to work everyday and play hard and stay focused whether we’re winning or losing. Yeah, I feel for the fans. They’re the ones who spend the money and one of the reasons we’re able to do what we do. But I want them to know we’re going through the same thing.’’ New York Post

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

“For the most part, guys pretty much know New York. Especially veteran guys who have been in the league for a long time,” Anthony said. “People come here in the summertime, in the offseason, they spend time here. When they come to play, they spend time being out and about and just experiencing different things. I am pretty sure people already know New York. It is just a matter of kind of knowing and learning the Knicks organization at that point.” New York Post

Anthony wouldn’t reveal specifics of the dinner but said it was worth more than just the fish and chips. “We did have a conversation,’’ Anthony said. “I thought we had a great conversation. As far as the specifics, I don’t go there. There were some things said on his behalf I really took heed to. It gave me some more confidence as a player to be able to look forward to what we’re trying to create here. “From that standpoint, it was a great conversation. As far as the player I can become, I know I have some ways to go to become that player. We’re working towards that with Phil. It takes a collective effort.’’ New York Post

February 2, 2015 Updates

“The time is now,” Anthony said Sunday after scoring 31 points to lead New York over Los Angeles. “The time is now to kind of start building for the future. I don’t think we can wait. Not just for my sake, just in general, I think the time is now. The window is now. I think we’ve got to take advantage of that.” ESPN.com

February 1, 2015 Updates
January 31, 2015 Updates

Ian Begley: Melo says Lakers' free-agent pitch to him was "great.' "I might take that from them (laughs)... and start recruiting on my own over here." Twitter @IanBegley

January 29, 2015 Updates
January 26, 2015 Updates

David Aldridge: Me: But when you knew Cleveland wanted you, what did that say to you? JR Smith: When I first heard about the trade and the possibilities, it was kind of mixed feelings. It was like, this could be a blessing in disguise. But I don't want to leave 'Melo by himself. Because just being in this situation, it's tough. Being in this situation alone is worse. So that bothered me a lot. And then I kind of got selfish with it. This is the best situation for me as a person. And make the best out of any situation. And I think I am right now. All the players seem to be responding to me very well, and the coaches love me. So I have no complaints. NBA.com

David Aldridge: I saw Carmelo a couple of weeks ago. I had forgotten y'all played together in Denver as well as New York. So what is it like when you've been with a guy for so many years, and you get close, and then it's just over. JR Smith: That was the toughest part about the trade. We played together nine years. The bond, the camaraderie, the brotherhood that we gained, it's, I wouldn't say over, it's just discontinued. When you're playing with a person like 'Melo, you depend on him a lot, from on the court and off the court. I can always go to him for advice, just everyday life things, as well as stuff on the court. So I think that's the toughest part. But fortunately, coming to a team like this, I've also got him in a different person, between him and LeBron. It's pretty much the same concepts and stuff like that; it's just coming from a different voice. NBA.com

David Aldridge: Are there similarities both on the court and in terms of leadership between he and Carmelo? JR Smith: Yeah. I think he's more of a vocal leader than 'Melo is. 'Melo's more of a I'm gonna show what to do, and if you follow suit, that's what it is. 'Bron is more of an 'alright, this is what's gonna happen; you're gonna do this, this, this and this,' or you're gonna receive this. He's more of a vocal person than 'Melo is. 'Melo is more behind the scenes, still gets his work in and everything in, you just don't see as much. 'Bron is more, you see it. I don't think it's a right or wrong way; (but) it's definitely a different in the culture between the two. NBA.com

January 25, 2015 Updates

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