Training camp Rumors
Carmelo Anthony is 31 years old, entering his 13th season in the NBA and coming off major knee surgery. But he says he still has plenty of good basketball left. In fact, the Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.” “Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.
Anthony also believes that he can play effectively past age 35 because he doesn’t rely on a freakish vertical leap or foot speed to perform. “If I was a guy who kind of played above the rim and played at a fast pace and just running and jumping — that was my game, very athletic — then I’d probably be sitting here singing a different tune,” Anthony said. “But the way that I play, the way that I know how to pace myself, the way I know how to pick my spots out on the basketball court, I’m not a guy who’s playing above the rim every play so it works in my favor.”
If you are not going to be present for training camp, you are not going to be weighing on our minds. “Right now, my thoughts are just about the guys that are here and how hard and how well they are working and no specific expectation otherwise,” said Cavs coach David Blatt when asked for his reaction to Thompson letting the Cavs’ one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for this season expire at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday without accepting it. “Just happy to see our guys working as well as they are.”
Blatt punctuated his indifference towards the free agent big man by revealing he didn’t even bother to stay up late Thursday night to find out Thompson’s decision. “I was liking the dream I was having,” Blatt said with a wry smile. “Usually I don’t go to sleep that early, but last night I was tired. We’re just back at it. We’ve got to focus on the now and here and that’s what we’re doing.”
As the Knicks concluded their week-long training camp at West Point, the club’s best and highest paid player didn’t hesitate when asked if he can still perform at a high level into his mid to late 30’s. “Of course, without a doubt,” Anthony said. “You hit it on the nose. The surgery was scary for me. I wasn’t a guy who ran straight to surgery for anything. Taking care of this really put me in a position to compete at a high level for a couple of years.”
Michael Scotto: Indiana Pacers and former Rutgers forward Kadeem Jack have agreed to a training camp deal, a league source tells Sheridan Hoops.