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February 15, 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

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

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

Anthony maintained that he plans to play in Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden, "even if it's just a few minutes" -- but likely will be done playing after that. "It's very likely. It's very likely. Now I've got to start thinking about the future," Anthony told Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher and P.J. Carlesimo in an interview on ESPN Radio. "This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it." 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

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said Thursday on ESPN Radio that it's "very likely" he will shut down playing after the All-Star Game. Anthony maintained that he plans to play in Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden, "even if it's just a few minutes" -- but could be done after that. "It's very likely. It's very likely. Now I've got to start thinking about the future," Anthony told Marc Stein, Marc Kestecher and P.J. Carlesimo in an interview on ESPN Radio. "This season is this season. So I really want to just sit down with my team and sit down with the proper people to just kind of plan this thing out and see exactly what I have to do to get done and just to fix it." ESPN.com

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