HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

October 23, 2014 Updates

"Carmelo Anthony is obviously the team's only certified All-Star," Jackson said. "It's also no secret that Melo has to keep the ball moving, but he's committed to doing this. Passing has never been a great strength of his, but in the triangle he'll be able to have checkoff reads like a quarterback looking for his first-option receiver, then his second and then his third." Newsday

Nothing is more important to Jeanie Buss than the Lakers, including longtime fiancé Phil Jackson. The Lakers president, who met with Carmelo Anthony during the summer in hopes of luring the free agent away from New York, said it was strange to be pursuing a player who was also being courted by Jackson — the new Knicks president — but Buss said helping the Lakers get back to greatness is her biggest priority. “It was a bit awkward during that time,” Buss said. “Carmelo is a player who’s worth fighting for. In basketball, family, love, relationships, nothing is more important to me than the Lakers, so I’ll do it again.” New York Post

October 20, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony has declared several times during this preseason that he will fully embrace the Knicks’ new triangle offense, even if it means shooting and scoring less than he has in the past. “I don’t think I’ll be the scoring champ, especially in this system with the way we’re playing and the way it’s going to be well-balanced,” Anthony told reporters over the weekend, the point being that it may not be necessary for him to take as many shots in the triangle. Last year, he was second in the NBA with 1,643 field-goal attempts, many the result of stagnant one-on-one situations. Wall Street Journal

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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 12, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony says he will have to adapt his offensive approach in order to be successful in the triangle. "It's an adjustment," Anthony said, after the Knicks' preseason win over the Celtics on Saturday. "it's an adjustment because I'm used to taking my time and seeing where the defense is coming from. And even now, it's a medium that you've got to play with. Sometimes you can hold it a little, sometimes you don't have it, (you have to) get it out quickly. So it's an adjustment for me." ESPN.com

October 10, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony says he hasn’t had a chance to read the book written by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim which reveals his grades from his freshman year at the school. But he may seek Boeheim out when the Knicks are in Syracuse for a preseason game Tuesday to talk to him about it. “It’s hard for me to converse about it," Anthony said after practice Friday. “I don’t know what he was saying. If I read it, I can get the tone of what he was trying to say because I know him. I know how he’d say a lot of things he said. Once I get the information and facts and talk to [Boeheim], I’ll get a better understanding about what’s going on." ESPN.com

Syracuse fans may be interested to know Anthony said he probably would have returned to school if the Orange hadn’t won the national title in 2003. “I did not know until after we won the championship (that he was entering the NBA draft),” Anthony said. “And even up until that point, I still went in there and had a conversation with Boeheim about trying to figure out how to come back to school.” ESPN.com

October 9, 2014 Updates

Boeheim added that Syracuse was unable to nominate Anthony for the Wooden Award as the nation's top collegiate player because his GPA (1.8) didn't meet the minimum requirement of 2.0. "Nevertheless, this much is certain," Boeheim wrote. "No college basketball player in America was better than freshman Carmelo Anthony over the course of the 2002-'03 season." New York Daily News

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