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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

Carmelo Anthony’s impressive NBA career almost didn’t happen because he was foolishly ready to die over $20 at 14 years old. At least that’s what he told ESPN the Magazine in a revealing interview, in which he vividly details his love of money. The whole interview is pretty interesting and worth your time, though basketball rarely enters the conversation. Sorry, Knicks fans. For The Win

His professional life has brought Anthony many things: a wife, a son, seven NBA All-Star Games, a scoring title, a couple of Olympic gold medals and, yes, ridiculous amounts of money. He just signed a five-year contract with the Knicks worth $124 million, forgoing a better chance to win a quick NBA title with the Bulls and instead staying with a lesser team that offered a longer, more lucrative deal. "I've got money. That's not the problem," he says. The problem as he sees it is that he is still defined mostly by what he lacks. No championships. No universal adoration. No sense of peace with his own place in the world as he begins the transition from the prime to the twilight of his career. "What I really want is a bulletproof legacy," he says. "How can I be known for being a visionary, for being truly great?" ESPN.com

"I'm more misunderstood than most people," he says, and he can't escape the feeling that his reputation is solidifying and he is running out of time. "As an athlete, you don't really have a voice," he says. "Everything you say or do, people have a million opinions about it, so it doesn't really get heard the way you want it to get heard. People are putting things on you and shaping your reputation, and you don't really have control." ESPN.com

If all goes well, point guard Jose Calderon will make his season debut against the 76ers at the Garden. Calderon, who has battled a calf injury since the preseason, practiced fully Friday and will decide Saturday morning if he is good to go. "We don't want to put too much pressure on Jose and make him feel like he has to do it if he's not ready,'' coach Derek Fisher said after practice. "Hopefully, [on Saturday] we'll see how he responds to [Friday] and the five-on-five action.'' Newsday

November 21, 2014 Updates

“I think Calderon is going to be a huge boost,” Anthony said. “I really like his game and I think he’s going to be a really good fit in that system. He obviously can shoot the basketball, spaces the floor well, has a really high basketball IQ, he’s really good at the pick-and-roll. All those things bode well and he also knows how to play without basketball, which you do more and more within that triangle.” New York Post


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


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