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December 20, 2014 Updates

Calderon still has two years left on his pact after this season. There’s speculation the Suns would trade Dragic if they had the slightest hint he was eyeing a departure. Any play on Dragic could mean Calderon gets shipped out. Dragic is a younger, sleeker model. Meanwhile, Calderon has emerged as a leader in the locker room even as the Knicks’ season spirals out of control at 5-22. New York Post

“At the end of the day, we all know what the goal is and that’s to win a championship,’’ Anthony said. “I know that I’m a winner. Even though you might lose some games here and there, I know I’m a winner. I’ve won already. I’ve won off the court and on the court. I’m living the American dream. That’s winning to me. Nobody can say anything about [me] being a loser.” New York Post

Still, Anthony hears the negative vibes swirling around the Big Apple. “Everybody has an opinion,’’ Anthony said in the interview. “ Everybody knows it all. They think they know you. You kind of become what the back page says you are. That’s messed up. I think just going through it, and you’ve seen the worst of the worst. Being here at the bottom and you can easily see how people will dismiss you, step on you and forget about you. This is the belly of the beast. New York will eat you alive if you let it.” New York Post

Anthony resisted the chance to play for a title contender in Chicago and re-signed with the Knicks for $124 million in July, a choice that cast him as greedy to his critics and perhaps placed him in basketball purgatory for at least one year. Though he described the decision to stay as “tough,” Anthony banked nearly $50 million more in New York than he could have made with the Bulls. By siding with the only real guarantee in the NBA — the guaranteed contract — Anthony made a long-term business decision over a logical basketball one. “Regardless of what happened, it would all come down to the money. That’s just the life we live. You can’t escape that,” said Anthony, who admits his attitude in previous contracts was “don’t leave no money on the table.” Washington Post

December 19, 2014 Updates

Barkley's response, via ESPNNewYork? "I can respect Phil Jackson ... But he’s too old to be tweeting. ... He takes it personal when people talk about the triangle. ... You need players, the league has always been about players, and always will be.” Newark Star-Ledger

Though he described the decision to stay as “tough,” Anthony banked nearly $50 million more in New York than he could have made with the Bulls. By siding with the only real guarantee in the NBA — the guaranteed contract — Anthony made a long-term business decision over a logical basketball one. “Regardless of what happened, it would all come down to the money. That’s just the life we live. You can’t escape that,” said Anthony, who admits his attitude in previous contracts was “don’t leave no money on the table.” Washington Post

“I was happy in Denver. I was having fun in Denver,” he said. “You start getting smarter, you start getting wiser [and] you start realizing we can’t have this team forever. Key guys’ contracts are up; we can’t sign everybody back. I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to rebuild on my dime.’ ” Washington Post

Those close to Anthony credit his marriage to LaLa Vazquez and the birth of their son for helping him mature and break away from the people and distractions that could have derailed him. “I had to sit down with myself, ‘Do I really want to be known for being Melo the thug, or do I want to change my life?’ ” he said. “I can’t be Melo from Myrtle Avenue in Baltimore. I can’t roll with the same people that I was rolling with. That’s when I started making my circle smaller and really taking advice from different people.” Washington Post

“I didn’t think it would be like this,” he said. “I’m like, why? Time goes by so fast, and one thing you realize: You can’t control winning. It’s out of your control. You can control what you do. You can control your work ethic and your mind-set. When it comes down to winning, everything has to be synchronized, from ownership all the way down to the staff. Everything has to be in sync.” Washington Post

Anthony has averaged at least 20 points a game in every season, but he understands the team failings will inevitably fall on him. “At the end of the day, we all know what the goal is, and that’s to win a championship,” Anthony said, “I know that I’m a winner. Even though you might lose some games here or there, I know I’m a winner. I’ve won already. I’ve won off the court and on the court. I’m living the American dream. That’s winning to me. Nobody can say anything about being a loser.” Washington Post

“They are easy conversations because I tell my son like it is,” Anthony said. “Everybody has an opinion. Everybody knows it all. Everybody think they know you. You kind of become what the back page say you are. That’s messed up. I think just going through it and you’ve seen the worst of the worst. Being here at the bottom and you can easily see how people will dismiss you, step on you and forget about you. This is the belly of the beast. New York will eat you alive if you let it.” Washington Post

The Knicks didn’t come close to getting point guard Rajon Rondo, according to a league source, but at least they saw him leave the Eastern Conference. According to a source, the Knicks were well on the outside of the Rondo race because they didn’t have a current first-round pick to add to any package. They can trade only their 2018 first-rounder under league bylaws. They are without their 2016 first-round pick because of the Andrea Bargnani trade. New York Post

December 18, 2014 Updates

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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