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Smith Reiterates Personal Belief Anthony Will Re-Sign With Knicks

J.R. Smith reiterated that "in my heart" he does not believe Carmelo Anthony will leave the New York Knicks in free agency.

Smith has played eight seasons with Anthony, five on the Denver Nuggets and the past three on the Knicks.

Anthony has said he will consider everything that happened this season and around the Knicks in his decision.

Anthony is expected to receive interest from several teams, reportedly including the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, among others.

Via Ian Begley/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony To Rehab Small Tear In Shoulder

Carmelo Anthony was diagnosed with a small tear in his labrum and no surgery is required.

Anthony will sit out the New York Knicks' final two games of the season and will begin rehabilitation.

Anthony will be re-evaluated in one month.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Amar'e Stoudemire Open To Possibility Of Playing For Israeli Club Once NBA Deal Ends

Amar'e Stoudemire says he is open to the possibility of leaving the NBA when his contract ends after next season in order to play for Hapoel Jerusalem, the Israeli club he partially owns.

“We’ll see,’’ Stoudemire said. “You can’t rule anything out. The future is unknown and so if I have an opportunity to [play in Israel] and am still in great health, it would be great. I have one more year left on my deal and we’ll go from there.’’

Ori Allon, head of Hapoel's ownership group, has discussed the chance with Stoudemire before.

“We’ve discussed it in the past,’’ Allon said. “It would be tremendous and unbelievable but it’s still early. I think it’s a real possibility, but he played very well this season so it’s up to him.’’

Via Marc Berman/New York Post

Clarence Gaines Jr. Expected To Join Knicks' Front Office

Clarence Gaines Jr. is expected to join the front office of the New York Knicks.

Gaines was a longtime scout with the Chicago Bulls.

Gaines was in attendance at Saturday's game between the Knicks and Bulls..

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Lamar Odom, Knicks Close To Deal With Team Option For Next Season

Lamar Odom and the New York Knicks are nearing a deal that includes a team option for next season, according to sources.

Odom is expected to sign this week, barring any unforeseen snags.

By signing Odom to a non-guaranteed contract for next season, the Knicks would want to use the extra time to see if they can get the veteran forward to the point where he could be worthy of a roster spot.

Odom has dealt with off-court issues since his departure from the Los Angeles Clippers last season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers, Knicks, Celtics Miss Playoffs In Same Season For First Time

The Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics have all been eliminated from playoff contention, which is the first time that has happened in the same season in NBA history.

The Celtics and Knicks both missed the playoffs during the 06-07 season.

The Celtics and Lakers have the most championships in NBA history.

Via Matthew Schmidt/Bleacher Report

Amar'e: Knicks Might Be Best Team In NBA On Paper

The New York Knicks won't make the playoffs for the first time since Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were acquired.

“They should have been a little bit higher, if you ask me. On paper we might be the best team, in the league,” Stoudemire said. “We’ve got great players on this team who accomplished so much. We just couldn’t put it together.”

Anthony has never missed the playoffs during his career.

“It’s not even real for me right now,” Anthony said. “We still have two games left, but it hasn’t set in yet, not at all. It’s hard to accept that. It’s hard to be happy in these times. It’s just a hard situation right now.”

James Dolan told Mike Woodson he believed the Knicks were capable of winning the championship before the season began.

Via Peter Botte/New York Daily News

Thibodeau: Carmelo Doesn't Get Enough Credit As A Very Good Passer

Tom Thibodeau praised the abilities of Carmelo Anthony after the Chicago Bulls' morning shootaround.

"He can score so many different ways," Thibodeau said. "He can post up. He can catch-and-shoot. He can isolate. He can be the screener in a pick-and-roll. He can be the ball-handler in a pick-and-roll. He gets to the free-throw line. He’s a great offensive rebounder. If you overcommit your help, he probably doesn’t get enough credit for being a very good passer, particularly to the weakside corner. He can hurt you a lot of different ways. He can score the ball very easily. It doesn’t take him much to get going."

Thibodeau agreed that his reputation as a selfish ballstopper is overstated.

"It’s interesting because with USA Basketball, they talk about him being a playmaker," he said. "He scores and if a guy is open, he passes the ball. I think oftentimes it’s who he plays with.

"It’s interesting, a lot of the things that you hear about him, I heard about Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and Paul Pierce before they came together and won it. That changes perception. Carmelo has been one of the elite scorers in the league for a long, long time."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Anthony Praises Thibodeau's Coaching, Compares System To Popovich

Carmelo Anthony has reportedly inquired a Chicago Bulls' player about what it is like to play for Tom Thibodeau, and the New York Knicks' star praised Thibodeau ahead of Sunday's matchup.

Anthony was asked how the Bulls are consistently competitive despite losing key players in Derrick Rose and Luol Deng.

“I have no clue. Thibs is a great coach, his system kind of reminds me of Gregg Popovich’s system," Anthony said.

“You put anybody in that system and it’s going to work. That’s what they’ve been doing. They’ve had guys sitting out all season long, guys that’s been in and out of the lineups and they seem to get it done.”

The Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be potential suitors for Anthony, who has said he hopes to remain with the Knicks.

Via Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Knicks Considering Signing Lamar Odom

The New York Knicks are weighing whether to sign Lamar Odom before the end of the regular season, according to sources.

Odom could sign a contract that includes a team option for next season, which would allow the Knicks to monitor the veteran forward in the offseason.

Odom reportedly met with Phil Jackson during a recent game.

Odom had signed overseas earlier in the year but left the club.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

New York Knicks Archives

Shumpert Forcing Turnover On 18.5 Percent Of Opponent ISOs

The Knicks have a defensive rating of 102.5 with Iman Shumpert on the floor compared to 111 without him.

Exec: Surprised Knicks Didn't Do More Homework On Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani is averaging 13.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting, but his defense and rebounding are a liability.

J.R. Smith Sets NBA Record For Three-Point Attempts At 22

J.R. Smith set a Knicks' franchise record for three-pointers made.

Carmelo Will Try To Play Through Shoulder Injury

Carmelo Anthony had a season-high nine turnovers in Friday's game and scored 10 points on 5-for-14 shooting.

Study Finds Isiah Thomas As Best Drafting GM Since 1989

Isiah Thomas had a Net Expected Wins Average of +1.7 per pick, with Tracy McGrady, David Lee and Trevor Ariza standing out.

Phil Jackson Acknowledges Carmelo Carrying Heavy Burden

Phil Jackson has already made it clear that he would like Carmelo Anthony to re-sign in the offseason.

Derek Fisher: Coaching Knicks, Even Coaching In General Not On Radar

Derek Fisher has consistently stated he will retire after this season.

Oak Hill Received Six-Figure Royalty Check From Nike For Carmelo Jersey

Nike released an Oak Hill jersey with Carmelo Anthony's name and No. 22 on the back soon after he entered the NBA.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Diagnosed With Sprained Ankle After X-Rays

The Knicks termed Tim Hardaway Jr.'s injury as a sprained ankle.

Carmelo Anthony Hurts Left Hand, X-Rays Negative

Carmelo Anthony injured his left hand and underwent X-rays after the Knicks' win over the Warriors on Sunday.

Source: Kevin Love Likes Idea Of Playing In LA, New York, Chicago

Kevin Love can become a free agent in 2015.

Steve Kerr Could Become Candidate For Warriors If Jackson Leaves

Joe Lacob is known to have been interested in Steve Kerr in the past.

Phil Jackson: We're In A Talent Hunt

Phil Jackson was in attendance for the Knicks' 127-96 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.

Amar'e Stoudemire Wants To Remain With Knicks Despite Possible Trade Inquiries

Amar'e Stoudemire could receive trade inquiries in the offseason due to his expiring contract.

Shannon Brown Signs With Knicks For Remainder Of Season

Shannon Brown has averaged 1.8 points in nine games with the Knicks.

Woodson Would Welcome Jackson's Help Implementing Triangle

Mike Woodson met with Phil Jackson on Wednesday, a few months after James Dolan actually offered his job up to the newly named president of the Knicks.

Silver, Buss Discuss Jackson's Setup With Knicks

Adam Silver and Jeanie Buss sat down on Monday to discuss Phil Jackson's setup as president of the Knicks.

Bulls, Rockets Emerge As Carmelo's Options If He Decides To Leave Knicks

The Bulls have an easier path to sign Carmelo Anthony to a contract, but the Rockets believe they can also shed enough contracts.

Jackson Convinced Steve Kerr To Take Seattle Coaching Job

Phil Jackson had convinced Kerr to come to Seattle as his coach if the Kings' relocation went through.

Dolan: Carmelo Situation Completely Up To Jackson

Jim Dolan confirmed that Phil Jackson has full power, even when it comes to the future of Carmelo Anthony.
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