Jovan Buha: Carmelo Anthony on if he’s thought about playing in Los Angeles: “No, no. I haven’t thought about it. I mean there was an opportunity during the deadline, and there was always talk over the past couple seasons with me somehow being connected to the Clippers or Lakers. At first it was the Lakers, and then now it’s the Clippers situation. So I try not to think about that, especially now when I’m still playing with the New York Knicks. I’ve got to go out there and prepare to play against these guys and other teams.”
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And the Los Angeles Lakers are no longer in the kowtowing-to-the-aging-superstar business.
Charley Rosen: Since Melo has been mostly shooting blanks in the clutch — he was scoreless in the fourth quarter last night — it’s really a dead stop. Also, while he’s never been accused of playing defense, Anthony is intent on saving even more steps on this end of the game to conserve his energy for offense. He’s four months away from his 33rd birthday, his contract is humongous and contains a no-trade clause. It’s understood that he’d only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers. However, since his recurring complaint is that everybody blames him for every game the Knicks lose, perhaps Melo is sufficiently disgusted to accept a trade elsewhere. Perhaps to the young, rebuilding Lakers — after all, his wife’s name is La La.
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October 22, 2017 | 8:40 am EDT Update
Frustrated after a no-call with 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Steph Curry fired his mouthpiece along the baseline in the direction of official Scott Wall and was promptly ejected in the Warriors’ 110-101 loss to the Grizzlies. Kevin Durant was also tossed after barking at an official. On his way to the locker room, Durant flashed his ring finger to the crowd amid a chorus of boos.
“I think he should be suspended eight, maybe 10 games. It was egregious. It was awful,” Kerr said super sarcastically when asked if he’s worried about Curry being suspended for his actions. “It was a danger to thousands of people in the stands.”
Hernangomez, an All-Rookie selection last season who has had issues with conditioning, logged a DNP in Saturday’s 111-107 loss to the Pistons, two days after being held on the bench until garbage time. Hornacek knows Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry contradicted themselves after labeling Hernangomez part of the team’s “young core.” “That was all before the trade for Enes Kanter. And they’ve always said, ‘Play the guys who earned it,’” Hornacek said. “(The Kanter trade) added another center into the mix. It’s a tough spot, but that’s when guys step up. I think Willy will.”