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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August 19, 2017 | 8:42 am EDT Update
Morrow said he’s waiting to see what happens with his professional future, but in the meantime he’s keeping busy. As he stood in the corner of the ballroom, Morrow talked about recently completing a book bag drive in his old neighborhood in Charlotte. His voice grew more passionate about what he does away from court than his career 41.7-percent 3-point shot.
Think you got a fair deal with Lakers? D’Angelo Russell: “It’s business, man. That’s how I got to look at it. A lot of things happen in this league and you don’t agree with it or however you may feel about it and at the end of the day realize it’s business.”
First reaction to the trade: “I was excited. I was excited to get a new opportunity to start over, but it definitely caught me off guard. You see guys get traded you never think it would have to be you until it does. New step for me.”
Now Lakers president Jeanie Buss is getting into the mix. Buss appeared on the Petros and Money Show and AM 570 LA Radio and said that Kobe Bryant is the only other rookie to have as much excitement surrounding him as Ball: “No other draft pick, except maybe Kobe Bryant, has had this kind of excitement about him.”
“There’s something special about Lonzo […] I think because he just wants to play basketball, he’s selfless. He has a certain charisma and I think the fact that his teammates at UCLA loved playing with him and all the nice things that they have to say about him, I think he’s going to bring an element that’s very similar to Magic Johnson.”