HoopsHype Tim Hardaway Jr rumors

December 12, 2014 Updates
December 11, 2014 Updates

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

December 10, 2014 Updates

Several Knicks, in addition to Hardaway, are at odds with Anthony and believe he's not playing team basketball. Sources said players voiced their displeasure with Anthony this past weekend, telling him he shoots too much, doesn't move or pass the ball, and only plays defense when he feels like it. Sources said the most tension exists between Anthony and Hardaway as they haven't cared for one another almost since Hardaway joined the team last season, with each player believing the other shoots too much and doesn't care about defense. Sources said Hardaway was also bothered by the favorable treatment Anthony received under last year's coach, Mike Woodson. ESPN.com

Sources said one thing Anthony and his teammates do agree on is their disdain for the triangle offense. For weeks, if not longer, the players have been ready to ditch the triangle and move on to another system. They feel like other teams know what they're going to run and where they're going to go on the court, which makes it easier to stop them. When team president Phil Jackson gave his "state of the team'' address Monday, he said the Knicks players have shown defiance to the changes he and Fisher have made in the name of "changing the culture.'' ESPN.com

Certain his second-year teammate was speaking to him, Carmelo Anthony approached Hardaway on the way down the court and used an expletive to ask Hardaway who in the world he thought he was talking to. Anthony, according to sources, then used another expletive in telling Hardaway he was going to beat him up when they got into the locker room after the game. While the two players never wound up fighting, the episode was emblematic of the volatile state of the Knicks. Off to their worst start in franchise history at 4-19, the Knicks are a team full of discord, defiance and doubt, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. ESPN.com

"Nobody's taken a swing at anybody, but there's a lot of arguing and cursing each other out after games,'' one source said. In addition to the Knicks' lack of chemistry, sources say the players believe coach Derek Fisher's insistence on running the triangle offense is another key reason for New York's struggles. ESPN.com

"Guys are definitely frustrated,'' one source said. "But some of it's just basketball stuff that the players don't like doing. When somebody's demanding that you make a hard cut, you don't like it because you have to work harder. When someone says it's not okay to throw a bull---- pass, guys don't like it.'' ESPN.com

November 11, 2014 Updates
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Even though it’s only been a few weeks, Carmelo Anthony can see a difference in Tim Hardaway Jr. already this season. “I see a more confident Tim,” Anthony said. “And Tim’s got a lot of confidence. I see a lot more confidence in Tim, knowing how good of a player he could be. I think he believes that now. He believes in himself a lot more now. And it’s only going to grow.” The second-year shooter already plays and carries himself with a lot of confidence. That could clearly be seen last season as the rookie averaged 10.2 points, 42.8% shooting overall and 36.3% three-point shooting in 81 games. That earned him first-team All-Rookie honors. ESPN.com

October 8, 2014 Updates
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Shumpert, who didn’t scrimmage or have any contact during Monday’s practice at their Greenburgh campus, believes he will play. Shumpert has been sitting out some practices, including those at West Point. But the Knicks coaching staff is worried Shumpert’s hamstring issue could linger. Fisher also said guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is battling hip inflammation. Hardaway Jr., Shumpert and Amar’e Stoudemire, resting his knees, barely participated in Monday’s practices. “I was telling Shump earlier, for eight months we have to be at our absolute best,’’ Fisher said. “It’s a long season. We can’t rush trying to be so excited for the start of the season.’’ New York Post

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Fisher can play one at shooting guard while the others sit on the bench or mix and match combinations of the three guards in the triangle offense, as GM Steve Mills suggested earlier this month. "That's for the coach to decide. All we've got to do is play," J.R. Smith said Thursday. "Whatever they decide, we've got to just live with it. Hopefully everybody could put their egos aside and come together for one common goal." ESPN.com

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