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December 12, 2014 Updates

This is how bad it has gotten for Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks: Five months after swearing his allegiance to New York and signing a five-year, $124 million contract, sources told The Post the All-Star forward would be open to dropping his no-trade clause if team president Phil Jackson strikes a deal with a team Anthony would like to play for. New York Post

For now, Anthony has no desire to be traded, but his willingness to consider giving up the no-trade clause shows how frustrated he has become with the Knicks’ historically bad start to the season. The Knicks have lost 10 straight games — two shy of a team-record — and at 4-20 have the most losses in the NBA, one more than the laughingstock Sixers. New York Post

A trade to a contender would be a financial boon to Anthony as he has a trade kicker attached to his contract that is worth 15 percent of the remaining value at the time of the deal. That kicker was put in place by Anthony’s handlers to deter teams from approaching the Knicks about Anthony. He would receive a lump-sum payment of roughly $17.5 million if he is traded Monday. “He thought things would be better than this, but he still wants to stick it out for now, ’’ a source said. “He trusts Phil, but I think he’s afraid of Phil.’’ New York Post

It would be easy, and human nature, for the rookie coach to let doubt creep in and wonder what he got himself into. But Fisher remains steadfast in his commitment to the goal and big picture. “You can’t waver on becoming successful,” Fisher told reporters on Wednesday. “You’ll never get there if you waver or give up. That’s what we have to expect as a group.” “Losing affects everybody,” Fisher added. “But you must take something from it and learn something from it if you want it to change. We have to take our lumps and accept what it is at this moment, but not necessarily accept that it’s going to stay that way.” ESPN.com

New York Knicks swingman JR Smith sat out Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with a heel injury, but he made sure to stay busy despite not playing. At one point during the second quarter of his team’s 10th consecutive loss, Smith — or someone who had access to his account — liked a model on Instagram. Larry Brown Sports

December 11, 2014 Updates

Would it be more realistic to try and swap expiring deal of Garnett and maybe Plumlee for say, Nash/Ellington/Ed Davis from Lakers? Rearranging deckchairs maybe, but sometimes restructuring helps a company manage its assets more efficiently. I think it's going to be a very, very tough sell. The two teams that are obvious choices are the Lakers and Knicks. But I can't imagine the Knicks wanting to swap with their cross town rivals, and even if they did, sources say the Knicks aren't going to do anything to damage their upcoming cap space next year unless they land an All-Star caliber talent. ESPN.com

As far as hearing criticism from his teammates, Anthony revealed that there was a players-only meeting on Saturday at the team’s practice facility in which various concerns were raised, but he denied it had become particularly contentious. “Everybody had a platform to speak their piece, and what they felt about what’s going on, and how we can better the situation,” Anthony said. “But it wasn’t no pointing fingers or anything like that, or solely pointing me out to be blamed.” New York Times

Hardaway confirmed he jawed with Anthony on the court last week, but called it a “heat of the moment type of deal.” “Everybody in this locker room is treated as brothers,” he added. “We’re a family and we’ve moved on.” New York Daily News

A source said Anthony and Hardaway were once closer, texting each other often during July’s free agency as Melo pondered his decision. But they no longer are as tight. “We’re brothers,’’ Hardaway said. “They get into heat-of-the-moment things and make up afterward. I looked at Melo as a mentor since I’ve been here.’’ New York Post

Hardaway’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, was furious at the accusation there’s a serious rift between Anthony and Hardaway. “There’s no ill will between Tim and Carmelo — it’s just the opposite,” Bartelstein said. “Carmelo has helped out Tim a lot, they have a great relationship and Carmelo has been very supportive. It’s very hurtful and untrue.’’ New York Post

New York’s leading scorer said the rest in late November actually helped his knee pain and he felt much better when jumping back on the floor at the Garden to conclude the month. Anthony will figure the next course of action as the Knicks square off against the Spurs and finish the three-game road trip in Boston. “I will explore as many other options as I can before I go under the knife and get surgery because I can’t even tell you exactly what is the problem,” Anthony cautiously said. NBA.com

December 10, 2014 Updates

Steve Popper: Melo said no rift. Said there were words with hardaway on the court but he and Tim are great. And said players only meeting Saturday Twitter @StevePopper


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


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