HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

April 14, 2014 Updates

Anthony, who will opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, was then asked how this season will factor into his decision. “As far as that goes, all this stuff will come into consideration,” Anthony said. “But I won’t never make it seem like because of this season I’m going to become a free agent. It has nothing to do with [how] this season went. Even if we had the greatest of a season, I probably would still be in that situation.” ESPN.com

Anthony said once again that the Knicks’ hiring of Phil Jackson as team president made a splash with him. “That was a big play,” Anthony said. “That was definitely a big play for our organization, for the Knicks, for me.” ESPN.com

Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in 29 minutes in what might be his final appearance of the season – and perhaps as a Knick — as he heads toward free agency this summer. Anthony, who said he probably will get his troublesome right shoulder tested “in the next couple of days,” will miss the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career. “It’s not even real for me right now,” Anthony said. “We still have two games left, but it hasn’t set in yet, not at all. It’s hard to accept that. It’s hard to be happy in these times. It’s just a hard situation right now.” New York Daily News

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“What is it like to play for Thibs?” Anthony said. Anthony’s interest in Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau can be taken one of several ways. Anthony, who lives and breathes basketball, is merely interested in learning something about one of the NBA’s top coaches. In fact, Anthony will be working with Thibodeau, who was named to USA Basketball’s coaching staff last June. Of course, Anthony’s impromptu background check on Thibodeau could also be his idea of due diligence since the Bulls loom as an attractive option this summer for the free-agent-to-be. New York Daily News

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Jackson said he has had discussions with Anthony over the past two weeks and noticed Anthony feeling the bulk of the burden of the team's topsy-turvy season. "We've had a couple occasions to talk," Jackson said at the team's practice facility. "We haven't really delved into the future as much as what's gone on, getting to know each other type of thing. Trying to see how he's feeling about playing. "He's had to carry a big load. It's been a tough year for him. But it's been a tough year for everyone. It's not just isolated with him. But I think he feels the weight of it a lot more on himself." ESPN.com

The Knicks are sending another show of love to Carmelo Anthony — always a good move when a can opt out for free agency at season’s end. On Friday, the Knicks are honoring Anthony’s franchise record-setting 62-point game at the Garden’s Historical Exhibit. Garden execs will add a “visual retrospective” of Anthony torching Charlotte for his 62 points on Jan. 24 to the “Garden 366 presented by SAP” exhibit on the arena’s concourse. No doubt, they’ll reserve a spot and hope to add the pen he uses to sign a new contract. New York Post

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Asked about his chess-playing, Anthony said he'd spent considerable time reading about the game in hopes of being able to teach himself how to play. He said he has most frequently found himself locked in competition against family friends at off-season dinner parties. "Just over the last couple years," said the 29-year-old forward, who posted an Instagram photo of famous chess player Bobby Fischer earlier in the month. "It's something I always wanted to do, but after a while I figured it was so complicated that I'd never be able figure it out. I still don't have it down pat to where I'm some expert. But I've figured out the basics to where it's something that I'll have for life." Wall Street Journal

J.R. Smith, Anthony's good friend, teammate and videogame partner for the better part of nine seasons, was not aware that Anthony had taken up chess. But Anthony's wife, La La Anthony, said he's begun to play more often, even teaching their 7-year-old son, Kiyan, the rules. "Chess requires so much concentration and thought, and it calms him," she said during an interview in Atlanta. "On the court, you're running and jumping, trying to do things on the fly. But with chess, you're calm and you have to think things out ahead of time." Wall Street Journal

March 27, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony said the conversation was "generic," but it was the first time he got to speak to Phil Jackson alone since Jackson became the Knicks' president. The Knicks had just arrived at the Staples Center on Tuesday for the morning shootaround, and Anthony and Jackson were together in the visitor's locker room while the rest of the team was on the court. "He told me to get ready, go out there and play, try to finish the season off strong, that's it," Anthony said. "We didn't really talk about too much. Talked about him being in New York, him coming back out to L.A., the weather. Just generic. We really didn't talk about nothing." Newsday

Add New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony to the list of players that love Cousins’ game and want to see more from him after the Knicks defeated the Kings, 107-99, Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena. “I love him, I love him,” Anthony said of Cousins. “I’m trying to get him to calm down a little bit but I love him, his game, what he can do out there on the basketball court. He stuffs the stat sheet, points, rebounds. He can pass the ball, got a good feel for the game. He just does a lot out there but I’m just trying to get him to calm down out there a little bit. Sacramento Bee

Chris Herring: Melo, on if playoff berth would erase pain of regular season: "Absolutely. Once you in the playoffs, no one really looks at your record." Twitter @HerringWSJ

March 26, 2014 Updates

The Lakers scored 51 points in the third quarter to turn the game into a rout. It was the most points the Lakers had ever scored in any quarter and the most points the Knicks had ever given up in any quarter. "It's very disappointing, just from the fact I don't think we competed tonight. ... Our focus just wasn't there," Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony said. "I don't want to say I'm concerned, but at this point, we've got to win basketball games and we've got to do it quickly." ESPN.com

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