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Carmelo Anthony got frustrated with Mike Woodson: ‘Lets play the f—ing game, man’

Carmelo-Anthony-Mike-WoodsonDon’t look now, but the New York Knicks have somehow strung together a series of wins. They beat the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night to pick up their seventh straight victory. Despite that, Carmelo Anthony reminded us late in the fourth quarter that superstar players have a tendency to get annoyed over nothing.

With the Knicks leading by seven points and just 19.5 second remaining, Anthony apparently wanted to go home. Mike Woodson was doing his job by reminding his players that they have no timeouts left and going over the situation when cameras caught a moment of defiance from Carmelo.

“Let’s just play the f—ing game, man,” a visibly frustrated Anthony said before putting his hand in the huddle to try to break up the discussion.

While you could argue that stuff like this happens all the time and it was no big deal, the reaction seemed pretty uncalled for. This is the same Woodson who admitted earlier this season that he forgot to call a timeout at the end of a game during a losing streak, so you can’t blame him for trying to be thorough. Anthony should respect that.

Meanwhile, the Knicks are 28-40 and just four games being the Atlanta Hawks for the 8th seed in the East. With 14 games remaining, they still have a shot at making the playoffs. What happens to Woodson if they go on a run? Phil Jackson will just have to cross that bridge if he comes to it.

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Report: Carmelo Anthony eyeing Rockets, Bulls if he leaves Knicks

Carmelo-Anthony-Knicks-DefenseNow that the New York Knicks have officially announced the hiring of Phil Jackson, people seem to feel comfortable assuming that Carmelo Anthony is not going anywhere. That simply is not a foregone conclusion.

The Knicks are in bad shape financially. They have very little cap space available heading into next season, and signing Anthony (if and when he opts out of his current deal) plus another top-tier free agent would be an incredibly difficult task. The 2013-2014 Knicks are 27-40 and could miss the playoffs. Would Carmelo stick around simply because Jackson is now pulling the strings?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, sources with “direct knowledge” of Carmelo’s plans claim his top choices when he becomes a free agent this offseason will be the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls. Anthony has said he would take a pay cut to remain with the Knicks, but that seems like a lousy idea given the current state of the team.

“He’ll give New York every option,” the source reportedly told Wojnarowski. “But he has options – and he’s going to explore them all.”

The Bulls and Rockets are already much better teams than the Knicks. Joakim Noah has reportedly been recruiting Anthony to come to Chicago, and the Bulls can afford it. The Rockets think they can, too. The prospect of teaming with either Noah and Derrick Rose or Dwight Howard and James Harden is much more intriguing than anything the Knicks can offer.

Phil Jackson is not a magician. He’s won a ton of championships, but you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken s—. It could take the Zen Master a while to get the Knicks back on track, and there’s also a chance that he might prefer to move on without Anthony. At this point, I’d be more surprised to see Anthony in New York next year than I would be to see him elsewhere.

Tom Brady and Gisele reportedly selling massive Los Angeles mansion

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Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen currently own one of the most impressive homes in California. Their 14,000-square foot estate, which is known for possibly having a moat that surrounds it, took about four years to build and cost around $40 million in total. For whatever reason, the house is already for sale.

TMZ reported on Wednesday that Brady and Bundchen have put the estate on the market for a whopping $50 million. The home includes a state of the art gymnasium, lagoon-style infinity pool, massive guest house, waterfall and pond and sits on four acres of land in Brentwood.

The power couple is supposedly building another massive home near Boston that sits on five acres and is 14,300 square feet. It was initially believed that Brady and his lady intended to move to Brentwood full time after the New England Patriots quarterback retired, but perhaps plans have changed.

Were they just looking to turn a profit? Do their kids like the snow? Brady has always done a great job of keeping his personal life under wraps, so we’ll probably never know.

Photo: Twitter/Dream Houses

Brandon Spikes says Patriots gave ‘false’ IR designation

Brandon SpikesFor the second time in a week, a former New England Patriots player called out his old team for sketchy dealings with injury designations. This time it was Brandon Spikes, a former Pats’ second-round draft pick who recently signed with the Buffalo Bills.

While Spikes expressed warm feelings towards owner Bob Kraft and some of his former teammates, the ex-Florida Gators linebacker defended himself during an interview with John Murphy on WGR in Buffalo on Monday when the subject of his knee injury was brought up.

Spikes was asked about the “nagging knee injury” that led to him being placed on IR at the end of the season.

“I know, I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that. That was just a false report,” Spikes told Murphy. “That’s just how things go there. Almost like what happened with (Aqib) Talib and his hip.

“That was just from the labor throughout the season, man. It was just — you know how it is — it’s a tough 16 games. All I needed was rest and rehab.”

Last week, Talib, who signed with the Denver Broncos, said the team listed him as having a hip injury last season when he really had a quad problem.

Maybe Spikes was looking to brush asides any concerns about a knee injury and behavior problems when he made the comment, but that’s two former players who have talked about some shady Pats practices recently. This is nothing new; we’ve known for a long time that Bill Belichick doesn’t give anything away and oftentimes intentionally misleads people. I mean how many times have Tom Brady’s injuries been hidden by the team? He’s listed as probable with a shoulder injury almost every week, but when he has real injuries, those are never listed.

I guess that’s just one aspect of the “Patriot Way.”

For more background on the story, recall that at the time that a report said Spikes was placed on IR for both disciplinary and injury reasons. Spikes’ agent denied that a mutual agreement between the team and his client was reached regarding the IR tag. Like I said, if you don’t believe Spikes was telling the truth, then you can figure he was saying that to protect himself and make himself look better.

[Previously: Brandon Spikes quotes Martin Luther King Jr. after signing with Bills]

Mark Cuban calls out Dirk Nowitzki for poor effort

Mark CubanMark Cuban absolutely loves Dirk Nowitzki, so it’s not often that you hear the Dallas Mavericks owner call out his star player. But that did happen on Monday.

Cuban talked with Dirk about the forward’s lackluster performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday and then told the media about the issues.

“I think sometimes he loses concentration, and I think we’ve got to get past that,” Cuban said per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I mentioned it to him today. I asked him how his nap was during the game [Sunday at Oklahoma City]. He laughed. At least that’s while I was facing him. When I turned my back and walked away, I don’t know.”

The Mavs won that game easily, so I’m not sure what Cuban was looking for. He was also unhappy with Dirk’s game last Tuesday in a loss to the Golden State Warriors where Dirk had 12 and 6 and went 4-of-11 from the field.

Cuban said Dirk tends to go through stretches like this during the season, so Cuban is trying to get him to snap out of it.

“Dirk always goes through a little slump during the year where he needs to remotivate. And I think we’ve seen that for a couple of games, and I think he’s going to come back stronger, particularly after three days and those naps he’s gotten through the last couple of games,” said Cuban.

Cuban particularly wants to see Dirk crash the boards harder in an effort to rack up around 10 rebounds, because he thinks the teammates respond to that kind of effort and energy. It’s certainly a good thought, but Cuban needs to remember that Dirk is 35 and that his rebounds have been declining for a few years. He’s down to six rebounds per game this season compared to 9.7 at his peak in ’04-’05.

Nick Swisher reportedly confronted Kenny Lofton over playoff comments

Kenny-Lofton-IndiansThe Cleveland Indians technically made the MLB playoffs in 2013, though they only got the chance to play one postseason game. The Indians were one of the two Wild Card teams the MLB’s new format supports, and they wound up losing to the Tampa Bay Rays. Because they were one-and-done, Cleveland legend Kenny Lofton does not consider the 2013 Indians a playoff team.

“A playoff is a series, not one game,” Lofton said when the Indians’ season ended last year. “It’s not the Super Bowl.”

As you might expect, some members of the team disagreed. One of them was veteran outfielder Nick Swisher, and he was not shy about letting Lofton hear know. According to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince, Swisher went “nose-to-nose” with Lofton at the Tribe’s Fan Fest in January.

Swisher took it a step further. He sought Lofton out at the event, got in the grill of the member of the team Hall of Fame, and told him, in so many words, that the Indians are trying to build something special, and that if Lofton didn’t want to be a part of it, he ought to board the first flight back to Los Angeles.

Lofton spent nine-plus seasons with the Indians and is a member of the team’s Hall of Fame. Swisher is one of the best clubhouse guys in baseball and happens to be one of the leaders of a Cleveland team that won 92 games under Terry Francona last season after winning just 68 in 2012.

“That was handled,” Swisher later said when asked about Lofton’s remarks. “We handled that.”

Last month, Lofton visited the Indians’ spring training facility in Arizona. He was reportedly ignored by multiple members of the team and did not stay long. Despite that, he has not softened his stance on the 2013 Indians not being a playoff team.

“Maybe someone else can back me up on how it’s not a real playoff series,” Lofton wrote in a text message to Castrovince. ”U guys need to put in there on what’s the definition of playoffs, and that should answer Swisher’s comments.”

While they only play one game to determine who advances to the next round, both Wild Card teams are playoff teams by definition. The Indians, who had the fourth-best record in the American League last year, would have been the only Wild Card team and had a spot in the ALDS under the old format. Lofton can either get on board with that or risk alienating a fan base that thinks very highly of him.

H/T Hardball Talk