Tim MacMahon: Rockets are listing Carmelo Anthony as out due to "illness" again tonight against the Pacers. Houston wing Gerald Green is also out after injuring his ankle in Friday's loss to the Spurs.
Fred Katz: No minutes restrictions for Anthony or Westbrook, per Donovan. They are expected to play tomorrow in Memphis, as well. No back-to-back issues, Donovan says.
Fred Katz: Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook are both questionable for tomorrow at the Lakers with ankle sprains. Westbrook left, Melo right.
Carmelo Anthony was a late scratch because of a sore back, and Steven Adams missed his second consecutive game with a right calf contusion. George finished 12-of-22, 7-of-12 from 3-point range.
Erik Horne: Billy Donovan said he found out about an hour before the game that Carmelo Anthony would not be available to play. Unsure of timetable for Melo’s return.
JR Smith: So now you just gone tie ya jersey in knots now?? @carmeloanthony Ight I let you steal the hoodie but the knot game ain’t rolling!! @dwyanewade I hope you ain’t on nothing like this or we gone have to talk! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
Jonah Ballow: Hornacek says Melo (sore knee) and Porzingis (sore back) are out tonight. #NYKvsMEM #Knicks
Chris Forsberg: Both Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony are out for the Knicks vs. Boston today, according to coach Jeff Hornacek.
Carmelo Anthony’s right shoulder is hampering him, but he said he will continue to try to play through it. Anthony started feeling soreness in the shoulder during last month’s West Coast trip, and he missed the Dec. 13 game against the Warriors. He hasn’t sat out since then and said he doesn’t plan to shut it down for a stretch to rest it.
“I don’t think it will get to that point,” Anthony said. “I think now it’s just a tolerance level, seeing what I can do and what I can’t do. I don’t think it’s a situation where I’ll shut it down. Maybe a game here, a game here. Just play it by ear.” Anthony said if he were to miss a game, it would be more for “overall rest and recovery” and not necessarily because of the shoulder. He said he hasn’t missed any practices because of it.
Anthony said he plans to return Monday versus Orlando after banging knees with New Orleans forward Dante Cunningham in the first quarter Friday. “I was able to get through the [New Orleans] game,” Anthony said. “I was contemplating if I was going to give it a go. I decided at the last minute go out and play and try to get through it. The more I tried to play and run on it, it got too sore.”
Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony (sore right shoulder) will not play against Golden State tonight, the team says. No Derrick Rose (back) either.
Anthony, who has had soreness in his surgically repaired left knee this season, believes he will be fine and will be able to commit to playing in a record fourth Olympics for the men’s national team. “I want to go,” Anthony said. “I look forward to being a part of that.
Anthony’s surgically repaired left knee has already cost him seven games this season while robbing him of a quick first step and any explosiveness at the rim. The Knicks have copped to giving Anthony one MRI but according to a team source, Anthony has had two MRIs in the past three weeks so the concern over his long-term health is very real. “Today, it wasn’t that sore,” Anthony said. “I think the couple of days off helped.”
May 27, 2022 | 8:51 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: With the hiring of Darvin Ham as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers via @Adrian Wojnarowski, half of the 30 head coaches in the NBA are now black. With Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra (Asian), 16 of the NBA head coaches are of color. The Charlotte Hornets still have an opening.
May 27, 2022 | 8:30 pm EDT Update
JaVale McGee spoke highly of his time in Phoenix throughout the year and said the Suns are on the list of teams he’d consider. “Definitely consider it, definitely consider an opportunity,” he said. “At this point in my career, I’m definitely focused on myself and what’s best for me and my situation and my family. I know what I bring to a team if it’s any organization that I go to. For me, that’s what it’s all about. Make sure I’m valuing myself as much as the team (is) valuing me.”
When McGee got to the NBA, one of the first things his mother preached to him was philanthropy. He took part in the usual turkey drives for Thanksgiving and handing out presents on Christmas but the foundation was a huge step forward to doing even more. The Juglife Foundation has helped get six water wells set up in Uganda and is in the process of putting a sports complex there as well. “We’re just doing a lot of things on that side of the world that people tend to forget about,” McGee said. “Third world countries that really need our help and that’s just what we’re passionate about.”