New York Rumors
There is the pressure associated with being the son of a former NBA player. For Cole Anthony, that means following in Greg Anthony’s large footsteps. Cole faces the pressure of being hailed as the next great New York City prospect, a title that comes with plenty of potential pratfalls, and being ranked near the top of his class nationally. Pressure of being the first freshman to start at point guard from Day 1 at his high school, Archbishop Molloy in Queens, in more than three decades.
Cole doesn’t feel any of it, or let it affect him. “I embrace it,” said the 6-foot-3, 15-year-old from the Upper West Side with the silky jump shot and eye-popping leaping ability. “In his mind, [it’s not] ‘I want to play in the NBA,’ it’s, ‘I’m going to play in the NBA,’ ” his mother, Crystal McCrary, said. “You can’t tell him he’s not.”
Thomas denied that he’s using his position with the Liberty as a step to getting back with the Knicks. “First of all, Phil Jackson is a great basketball mind, and the Knicks are in great hands,” Thomas said. “And Jim Dolan speaks to Phil Jackson about the New York Knicks, rightfully so.”