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Carmelo Anthony Leaves Game With Back Spasms

Carmelo Anthony suffered a back injury during the first half of the New York Knicks' loss on Monday to the Houston Rockets.

Anthony doubled over in obvious discomfort with less than two minutes remaining in the half.

The Knicks described Anthony's injury as back spasms.

Via Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Carmelo Had 'Great Dialogue' With Dwight About Joining Rockets

The New York Knicks have started the season slowly, while two of Carmelo Anthony's free agency suitors, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks, look capable of going on deep title runs.

Anthony and the Knicks play both teams on the road this week.

"Of course I know that they're playing very well," Anthony said at shootaround Monday morning. "It's not something that I kind of say to myself that I regret doing this or regret doing that."

 

Anthony bought into the vision of Phil Jackson to stay with the Knicks.

"No, I can't do that," Anthony said of playing the what-if game. "I can't do that. I can't do that. That's just not my nature as a person. I would never be able to sit down and ask myself 'what if?'"

Anthony said he "took a deep, long look at" all that Houston had to offer, such as weather, and no state tax. He had conversations with Howard, but in the end wanted to remain with the Knicks.

"We had some great dialogue back and forth," Anthony said. "I talked to him. We talked about some things. Ultimately it came down to what I felt at that moment, what I really wanted.

"Me and Dwight had some contact and some conversation. He tried. He tried extremely hard. It didn't have anything to do with Dwight or James or anything like that. It came down to my own decision."

Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Carmelo Has Been Playing Through Knee Injury Since 2nd Game Of Season

Carmelo Anthony has been playing with a sore left knee since the second game of the season and has undergone tests to determine the severity.

Anthony wouldn't say what's wrong with it or what those tests revealed, but he aggravated it on Tuesday.

"It's been sore since maybe the Cleveland game," Anthony said after leading the Knicks with 26 points. "I've just been trying to go through it and play through it and not kind of think about it. Some days are better than others.

"I don't think it's serious. I'm out there playing. I don't think it's that serious."

Via Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Cleanthony Early To Undergo Knee Surgery

Cleanthony Early will have arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose fragment from his right knee.

The injury was diagnosed following an MRI exam.

Early will be reevaluated in one month to determine the timetable for his return to the New York Knicks' lineup.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Joe Johnson Had Issue In Free Agency With Knicks' Facility Being Outside City

Joe Johnson signed a six-year, $123.7 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks in 2010, but seriously considered the New York Knicks.

“Almost. Almost,” Johnson recalled of the Knicks’ contention. “The Knicks were the first team I met with.”

Johnson met with Mike D'Antoni, Allan Houston and James Dolan.

“We all met and talked and they had a great presentation. It was impressive. You know what threw me off more than anything?” Johnson asked. “Obviously there was the money difference, but they said, ‘You needed a place in Westchester and you needed a place in the city.’ They said you would roughly spend like $5 million.

“I was like, ‘aw, no,’ as opposed to being in Atlanta where I was already established with a solid team that was getting better every year. And I didn’t have to buy nothing or make any changes, and we had the arena and the practice facility in one place. It took me roughly 20 minutes with traffic to get there. Oh no. So then I never even imagined being in New York.”

D'Antoni isn't sure if the Knicks actually told Johnson that.

“I don’t know if we told him that,” D’Antoni said. “But he could afford it anyway. Obviously he made his choice, and for Atlanta, he was great.”

 

Via Fred Kerber/New York Post

Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol As Possible Tim Duncan Replacement

Marc Gasol will be the New York Knicks' main free agent target next offseason, but the San Antonio Spurs will pursue Gasol assuming Tim Duncan retires after the season.

Gasol is also appealed by staying with the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies can offer Gasol the most money, and he has grown to love the city, having lived there since high school when Pau Gasol broke into the NBA.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tobias Harris Has Interest In Signing With Knicks

Tobias Harris hopes that the New York Knicks will pursue him in restricted free agency.

“I’m telling you if the Knicks come at him hard, who wouldn’t want to play for their hometown team?” a Harris confidant told SNY.tv and The Knicks Blog.

Harris is a native of Long Island and worked out multiple times this past summer with Carmelo Anthony.

“They play well together,” the confidant said. “Carmelo always had him on his team when Kevin Durant came to town and they would win every game.”

 

Via Adam Zagoria/The Knicks Blog

Paul Millsap 'Happy In Atlanta Right Now'

Paul Millsap will be a free agent this offseason and had a 19-point performance in the Atlanta Hawks' win over the New York Knicks.

”There’s always some potential here [in Atlanta] for sure,’’ Millsap told The Post before the Hawks swept the home-and-home Monday. “But I’m trying not to think about it, trying to put it as far in the back of my head as possible until the end of the year and see what happens.’’

Asked about playing in New York, Millsap said, “Anywhere could be an option. But my loyalty right now is in Atlanta. Free agency is free agency. When it happens, I’ll weigh my options and see where I’m at. But I’m happy in Atlanta right now.’’

Millsap played with Derek Fisher with the Utah Jazz.

“I know Fish,’’ Millsap said. “I played with Fisher for a year. He’s always been a good friend for me — not surprised at all he’s coaching. A great guy, always been a great locker-room guy. Knows the game well. I knew it would happen at some point. ‘’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Carmelo Feels 'Energy' Better Around Knicks This Season

Carmelo Anthony feels that the energy surrounding the New York Knicks is better this season.

"I think just overall, not pointing anything out, but just overall from day one last year the energy was just not right," Anthony said after practice on Monday. "This year, you could just feel the total difference stepping into this gym, talking to guys, talking to the staff, talking to the players. Everybody has a newfound energy so it's just a lot different now."

Anthony's assertion that the "energy was not right" from the first day of training camp last season may have been a reference to owner James Dolan's decision to fire general manager Glen Grunwald days before training camp.

Anthony was asked if Tyson Chandler may have contributed to the "bad energy."

"I'm not talking about no players, I'm just talking about as a whole, as a whole," Anthony said. "As an organization, as a whole, the energy was just different last year from day one. It ain't have nothing to do with the players. When we walked in here from day one from training camp, media day the energy was just different."

 

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

Knicks, Pacers Discussed J.R. Smith For Chris Copeland Trade

The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers recently discussed a trade of J.R. Smith for Chris Copeland, according to a source.

Copeland has an expiring contract after leaving the Knicks for the Pacers on a two-year, $6 million deal in 2013.

Smith can opt out of the $6.4 million he's owed for 15-16, but he could also wait for 2016 when the cap is expected to increase.

Phil Jackson isn't expected to make any moves until Dec. 15 when free agent signees and 2014 draft picks become eligible to be traded.

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

New York Knicks Archives

Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

Kobe Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Knicks Trade Outlaw, 2nd Rounder To 76ers To Clear Roster Space

The Knicks will also send a future second round pick to the 76ers.

Knicks Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol In Free Agency

Phil Jackson believes Marc Gasol is the "quintessential center to play in the triangle offense."

Knicks Consider Cutting Travis Outlaw To Keep Travis Wear

Travis Outlaw is owed $3 million this season.

Knicks Waive Langston Galloway, Jordan Vandenberg

The Knicks have waived guard Langston Galloway and center Jordan Vandenberg.

Knicks Waive Didier Mbenga, Orlando Sanchez

The Knicks have waived center Didier Mbenga and forward Orlando Sanchez.

Knicks Sign Jordan Vandenberg To Camp Roster

Jordan Vandenberg averaged 2.0 points and 4.0 rebounds over 9.9 minutes in two games with New York’s entry at the 2014 NBA Summer League.

Jackson: Carmelo Is Knicks' Only 'Certified All-Star', Bargnani Will Thrive In Triangle

Phil Jackson candidly spoke with Charley Rosen about the entire Knicks' roster.

76ers, Knicks, Lakers, Celtics Each Have Only One Player In ESPN's Top-100

Michael Carter-Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo represent their respective teams in the top-100.

Knicks Evaluating Other Options At PF In Bargnani's Continued Absence

Andrea Bargnani continues to deal with a hamstring injury.

Carmelo Doesn't Envision Another Scoring Title In New Triange Offense

Carmelo Anthony has averaged 25.3 points over his career.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Amar'e Helping Body Rejuvenate With Red Wine Baths

Amar'e Stoudemire has been taking baths in red wine at a spa to help his body rejuvenate.

Quincy Acy Appears To Be Favorite To Start At Power Forward For Knicks

Derek Fisher likes the high motor of Quincy Acy at power forward.

Knicks To Exercise Third-Year Option On Shane Larkin

There was some initial uncertainty from Phil Jackson and the Knicks on the decision regarding Shane Larkin's $1.67 million contract for 15-16.

Carmelo To Unveil Dirk-Like Wrong Footed Fade-Away

Carmelo Anthony plans to unveil a fade-away off the wrong foot this season, similar to one of Dirk Nowitzki's most effective moves.

Carmelo: We Don't Have A Choice But To Make Triangle Work

Carmelo Anthony remains committed to making the Triangle offense work.

Phil Jackson: Dolan Had To Meddle With Knicks

Phil Jackson said James Dolan was forced to become involved in day-to-day operations of the Knicks prior to his hiring as president.

Knicks Hire 'Mindfulness' Trainer

Under the direction of Phil Jackson, the Knicks have hired an expert to teach "mindfulness training" to the team.

Chandler Never Thought Carmelo Would Leave Knicks

Tyson Chandler was recently asked if he tried to recruit Carmelo Anthony to the Mavericks.
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