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September 15, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League, the official minor league of the NBA, today announced the full list of affiliations between NBA and NBA D-League teams for the 2014-15 season, including an all-time high 17 single-affiliation partnerships. The Detroit Pistons (Grand Rapids Drive), Memphis Grizzlies (Iowa Energy), New York Knicks (Westchester Knicks), Orlando Magic (Erie BayHawks), Phoenix Suns (Bakersfield Jam) and Utah Jazz (Idaho Stampede) all entered into single affiliation relationships with their NBA D-League affiliate during the offseason. Additionally, the NBA D-League has implemented a new flexible assignment system which will enable the 13 independent NBA teams to continue to assign players to the NBA D-League for development or rehabilitation. NBA.com

September 14, 2014 Updates

Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony believes future NBA free agents will be hesitant to sign with the Atlanta Hawks in light of statements made by general manager Danny Ferry. "[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Anthony said Saturday at the Citi Carmelo Anthony Basketball camp in Manhattan. "At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint. ESPN.com

Anthony, who tested free agency over the summer and ultimately re-signed with the Knicks, said players "wouldn't look at" Atlanta as a potential destination. "As a player, as an athlete, we're looking for a job, we're trying to find a place where we can move our family, we can make our family comfortable, where we can be comfortable in a comfortable environment," Anthony said. "But those comments right there, we would never look at [playing there]. "I'm speaking on behalf of all athletes. We would never look at a situation like that, I don't care what it is." ESPN.com

September 13, 2014 Updates

Anthony says that he "can't wait" to learn the offense that helped Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant win championships under Phil Jackson-coached teams. "Without a doubt, without a doubt. When people say spots, I'm going to be all over the floor in the triangle," Anthony said. "It makes it hard to guard, it keeps all eyes off of you. I'm looking forward to it, I've been saying it all summer. I can't wait." ESPN.com

Anthony supports the idea of a longer, week-long break for the All-Star Game this season. The game will be played in New York. "I love it, I'm a big fan of that. I wish it was two weeks," he said. Anthony isn't bothered by the idea of playing an extra back-to-back to extend the break. "We play too many games as it is. So another back-to-back is not gonna hurt," he said. ESPN.com

Carmelo Anthony didn’t mince his words about the ongoing Atlanta Hawks racism controversy Saturday morning, slamming the franchise for the comments that were uncovered this week and saying it will impact the way free agents look at the franchise now and moving forward. “[There] ain’t nobody [who] would want to go there,” Anthony said at the Citi Carmelo Anthony Basketball ProCamp at Baruch College Saturday morning. “At the end of the day, Atlanta … I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint.” New York Post

“I support Adam Silver 100 percent,” Anthony said. “I think he’s done a great job since he’s been in. I think he came in with fire underneath him, and with a lot of things he had to focus in on, but I think he’s done a great job.” New York Post

September 12, 2014 Updates

Porschla pointed out she grew up in Gulfport, Miss., not far from Kiln, the hometown of former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. The Kidds met through a mutual friend in New York and were married in September 2011. "I was teaching yoga at the time, and he professed his newfound love for yoga and showed up at my class the next day," Porschla said. "I guess the rest is history." Jason remembers it this way. "It was a yoga class that I almost missed," he said. "It was a little advanced for my speed, but it was definitely worth it." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

September 10, 2014 Updates

Strahan: [On being a pro athlete in New York] Not only on the court, but off the court, you’re the leader. Everything you do is more scrutinized. You have to be more careful than anybody else. And watching LeBron [James] go back to Cleveland, did that affect your decision on staying in New York, and did you learn anything from watching LeBron go back home? Anthony: No. Honestly, I think it was the other way around. I think he saw when I came back home to New York and saw the response and saw the reaction and saw how at peace I was when I came back home. ... I’m pretty sure he looked at that moment and saw that that was a very special moment, and he had the opportunity to go back home himself and regain that love. AdWeek.com

Do you think that stems from your occasional antics, like when you got fined last season for untying your opponents' shoelaces? JR Smith: I do care about the fines because it's loss of money, but other than that, I like to have fun. I would do [the shoelace thing] again if there wasn't a fine. But now that I'm in my 10th year in the NBA, I take the game more seriously than I did my first five, six years. Bleacher Report

So what sparked your golf interest five years ago? JR Smith: I was at Rashard Lewis' [basketball] tournament in Houston. He runs a Pro-Am out there every year and I would always play on his team. While I was there, he told me to come out to [Hall of Famer] Moses Malone's golf tournament. I was riding around on the cart, but I wasn't playing. Then Moses is like, "Get your ass out of the cart and play." So I go out there and hit the ball like 300 yards dead center. Just like that; the first hit. I even used the same form I have right now. Bleacher Report

What are CP and Steph's golf games like? JR Smith: CP is all right. He needs to work on it because he doesn't play as much as I do. But Steph is unbelievable. Steph and Ray Allen. I haven't played with Ray yet. Bleacher Report

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN KNICKS HISTORY

Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.

   

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