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November 26, 2014 Updates

Houston was prepared to offer Anthony a four-year deal worth $96 million – nearly $28 million less than what he settled for with the Knicks on a five-year deal – and Dallas could’ve come close but elected to sign Chandler Parsons instead. The Los Angeles Lakers are the only team Anthony considered that currently has a worse record than the Knicks (4-11) but Anthony refused to get wrapped up in any “what-if” scenarios in advance of his Texas two-step. “I don’t even think about it like that,” Anthony said recently. “Those are just games. Of course, I’ve been there, I’ve visited, I’ve talked to the people in each organization. But I don’t see it as, ‘Oh, they’re winning, I could’ve been there.’ If I’m thinking about other [stuff] right now, it’s irrelevant. I’ve got to be focused on this, what we’re trying to do here, keeping them motivated, keeping them inspired to come in here and work hard every day and practice every day.” Washington Post

“I just felt like this is where I need to be. I feel like I’m built for this. New York, this is who I am,” Anthony said. “I came here because I wanted to be here, I wanted to feel what it’s like to be in New York. Me, as a competitor, I hate to lose and I’ll do whatever I’ ve got to do to win. I know some people expected this, but I’m not like, ‘Oh yeah, we lose tonight, it’s cool.’ No, I want to win. That’s the hurtful thing for me. I don’t care who said this was expected, I want to win.” Washington Post

Carmelo Anthony wasn't at the Knicks morning shootaround and isn't expected to play in Wednesday night's game against the Mavericks due to back spasms. "He's making some progress but not enough for him to be in the game," Derek Fisher said. "It'll be day-to-day I'm sure, but probably not tonight. "He's not in a lot of comfort so really just trying to rest up and get himself better." Newsday

Chandler was blamed for too eagerly criticizing former coach Mike Woodson’s defensive schemes. Whispers Chandler was one of the dreaded locker-room “finger pointers’’ have also surfaced. They are odd accusations for one of the NBA’s noted leaders. Of course, it could be a smoke screen for the real intentions of Jackson, the Knicks’ team president, shipping out a player who didn’t fit into his triangle offense because he’s not a good jump shooter or post-up guy. Chandler is, however, a ferocious defender and the current Knicks don’t defend a lick. New York Post

Don't expect J.R. Smith to master something as complicated as the triangle offense when he can't even grasp basic American history. The Knicks shooting guard made a fool of himself on Instagram Tuesday night by linking the term "Black Friday" with slavery. "DID YOU KNOW: Black Friday stemmed from slavery? It was the day after Thanksgiving when slave traders would sell slaves for a discount to assist plantation owners with more helpers for the upcoming winter (for cutting and stacking fire wood, winterproofing etc.), hence the name," read the graphic, complete with an illustration of a slave auction. New York Daily News

November 25, 2014 Updates

Amar’e Stoudemire feels the Knicks were struck down by angels Monday night. Stoudemire chose an interesting metaphor to describe the way James Harden rallied the Rockets to victory. In fact, Stoudemire thinks Harden’s 6-of-6 free-throw shooting line in the final period was something out of divine intervention. In a clear slap at the officiating, Stoudemire said: “It was like an angel came down and started calling calls for him. Down the stretch, I don’t see how he was getting those foul calls.’’ New York Post

A team spokesman said Anthony was expected to fly with the team to Dallas on Monday night. The Knicks are scheduled to play the Mavericks on Wednesday. The result of the game itself seemed largely inconsequential in the wake of Anthony’s injury. His durability could become a concern, especially given his age (30) and the size of his new contract ($124 million). Last week, he disclosed that he had been dealing with a sore left knee. New York Times

Knicks president Phil Jackson is spending Thanksgiving in Los Angeles with family. He said that was his plan in September. But Jackson, who was filmed by TMZ while grocery shopping in L.A. last week, apparently didn't like that the trip has been viewed or portrayed as a vacation and responded on Twitter, saying he went home early for a doctor's appointment. Jackson's tweet read: "In spite of news of vaca, the reason to trip to LA allowed for medical checkups -- all negative and thankful today." Newsday

November 24, 2014 Updates
November 23, 2014 Updates

That’s one reason Anthony is pleased to see Jose Calderon back on the court. “Jose knows how to run an offense, especially an offense like this," Anthony said. "He can shoot the ball, he can spread the court. But most importantly, his IQ out there on the basketball court, I thin,k is very high. That’s something that, at that position, we’ve been missing.” ESPN.com

“We just have to remain patient,” coach Derek Fisher said. “It’s been tough for him ever since he’s been here.” There is no timetable for Bargnani’s return. New York Daily News

November 22, 2014 Updates

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN KNICKS HISTORY

Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.

   

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