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March 5, 2015 Updates

The 74-year-old Walsh, back in Indiana as the team’s consultant to basketball operations, is remembered for clearing cap space, bringing in Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but leaving the Knicks’ cupboard bare. It wasn’t necessarily by his choice, as multiple sources said Walsh didn’t want to give up all those assets to Denver for Anthony in February 2011 but was encouraged by star-struck owner James Dolan. Walsh declined to sign a contract extension, leaving in 2011 after three seasons. “My feeling was we had to build a good team beyond the stars and so I never did that because I left,’’ said Walsh, sitting courtside at Bankers Life Field House. “That’s what will have to be done. Good players and great players. You can’t just get a couple of great players and say, ‘OK, we’re done now.’ ’’ New York Post

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Sols, a 3D printing company, may change how shoes are built for customers. Sols’ goal is to essentially eliminate shoe sizes — with three pictures of a customer’s foot, Sols can create a custom orthotic and from there build the custom shoe. Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is a main investor in the company. The general idea would be that Sols creates the base of the shoe and any leathers on top of the shoe could be created around that base. Have high arches? No problem, Sols will be custom fitted to your specific foot. In between sizes? Once again, it won’t matter because each base of the shoe is custom built. The Fields of Green

Carmelo Anthony hated Battier and he had good reason. Battier had tremendous success against Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant during his career (yet oddly struggled against Jason Richardson) and at least one of his superstar opponents took offense. Battier recalled how much opponents hated going against him, whether it be due to disrespect or dread. “The looks of disdain I got from Carmelo Anthony every time,” Battier recalled. “I didn’t even try to shake his hand.” Sports Illustrated

February 27, 2015 Updates
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Kobe Bryant: But the facts are facts. The salary cap is the salary cap. Players aren't going to leave millions and millions of dollars on the table twice to come here and play. It's just not realistic. Wanting LeBron (James) to come here and take a massive pay cut again (last summer), after taking a big one to go to Miami, is not realistic. Melo (Carmelo Anthony) leaving $15-20 (million) on the table to come here is not realistic. So we have certain restrictions, but we'll figure it out. USA Today Sports

February 23, 2015 Updates

Carmelo Anthony played most of the season with a partial tear of the left patellar tendon, The Post has learned. In new details, the debridement part of Thursday’s surgery was to clean out the calcium deposits that formed within the partial tear, so the tear could be repaired. If Anthony had suffered a full tear of the patellar tendon — also known as a rupture — he could not have played on it this season. Ex-Knick Antonio McDyess suffered a full tear in 2000, as did the Giants’ Victor Cruz last season. New York Post

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Billups, who now is an analyst for ESPN, doesn’t understand why the decision was up to Anthony on when to have season-ending knee surgery as well. “I said it all weekend, I wasn’t crazy about his decision to play in the All-Star Game and not play for his own team,” Billups said on “The Michael Kay Show” on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. “My thing is if you are hurt and you know you are going to shut it down, just get the surgery and make that commitment that the Knicks made to him and just get better and not worry about playing for the fans and the All-Star Game. I thought it was poor judgment but to each his own.” ESPN.com

“I enjoyed playing with Melo in the years I had with him,” Billups said. “My perception of him [is] he really needed my guidance, he needed my leadership. I don’t know that he quite knew how to lead a team or a franchise but at that time he was young. I can’t expect him to. He was already a great player but he is best served when he doesn’t have to be the leader of the team. ESPN.com

ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy sure doesn't think Anthony has his priorities straight. And he feels the same about Knicks management, which apparently was OK with its franchise player suiting up for an exhibition game but not being healthy enough to help the NBA's worst team. Newark Star-Ledger

"I totally disagreed with this whole idea that the All-Star Game is so important that we should sit out regular-season games to get ready for the All-Star Game, and now with Anthony's decision to not only play in the All-Star Game but to end his season," Gundy said Thursday on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike show. "I think it's backwards thinking from these organizations or players. It's got to be about the team, the team, the team. "The All-Star Game doesn't need any specific player. But these teams do need these maximum salary guys." Newark Star-Ledger

On Wednesday, Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony will likely need between four and six months’ recovery time from knee surgery, but a top New York sports medicine specialist familiar with this type of surgery said the time frame is more likely six to eight months. Dr. Lewis Maharam is not a surgeon and hasn’t examined Anthony, but he has overseen the care of patients who have gone through this type of procedure and “we can make educated guesses here.” New York Daily News

“What Phil is implying is they may know of additional problems and an additional procedure that would prolong rehab,’’ Hsu said. “Something more could be needed to be done like meniscus cartilage. The primary problem is the patellar tendon, but more procedures would prolong recovery, more time would be needed for full range of motion. They’re taking a camera inside the knee and doing work from the camera and they’ll see.’’ New York Post

February 18, 2015 Updates

NOT SO fast, Phil. On Wednesday, Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony will likely need between four and six months’ recovery time from knee surgery, but a top New York sports medicine specialist familiar with this type of surgery said the time frame is more likely six to eight months. Dr. Lewis Maharam is not a surgeon and hasn’t examined Anthony, but he has overseen the care of patients who have gone through this type of procedure and “we can make educated guesses here.” New York Daily News

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