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Carmelo Anthony’s inbox is blowing up now that Knicks are eliminated

Carmelo AnthonyThe New York Knicks were officially eliminated from the Eastern Conference playoff picture on Saturday night, which surprised hardly anyone given the way they have played for the better part of the season. Solid play in the month of March gave the team a chance, but Carmelo Anthony and company came up short. As a result, Anthony’s future is as uncertain as ever.

Anthony has no reason to not opt out of his current deal. Even if he ultimately decides to remain in New York, he can still get more money and years by signing a new contract. Now if only people would stop harassing him via text message, ‘Melo might be able to do some thinking.

I don’t know why Derrick Rose is talking crap, because he could very well be Anthony’s teammate next season. And Kobe’s team is one of the worst in the Western Conference at the moment, so he’d be lucky if ‘Melo joined him. The nerve on some people…

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.

Ex-GM: Carmelo Anthony leaving would do Knicks a favor

Carmelo Anthony KnicksThe New York Knicks seem intent on not losing Carmelo Anthony in free agency, but would re-signing the forward be the best thing for the team?

People fall on both sides of the debate. There are some who feel like ‘Melo’s defense is poor and that he doesn’t share the ball enough offensively, while others see him as an elite scorer and franchise cornerstone. That’s how the Knicks view him, which is why they’re trying so hard to bring him back.

One former NBA GM says ‘Melo leaving would be doing the Knicks a favor.

“I really think if Carmelo left them, he may be doing them a favor,” an ex-GM told Newsday. “They probably don’t see it that way. But in the long run, it’s probably doing them a favor.”

The ex-GM thinks the Knicks would be well situated in 2015 when most of their big contracts are off the books, which would allow them the chance to rebuild.

The Knicks actually did that before and got enough cap space to sign Amar’e Stoudemire and add ‘Melo, but the team has fallen off this season. It’s not just about having extra money, but spending it properly. I’m also part of the camp that believes keeping ‘Melo and building around him is a wise move for the franchise.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Joakim Noah reportedly recruiting Carmelo Anthony to Bulls

Carmelo AnthonyCarmelo Anthony has done nothing but insist he intends to remain with the New York Knicks if and when he opts out of his current contract at the end of the season. In fact, he even said he would take a pay cut on his new deal to help the team sign top talent in free agency. That isn’t enough to stop Joakim Noah from trying.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, a source said Noah was recruiting Anthony to the Chicago Bulls during All-Star weekend in New Orleans.

“I’m told that Joakim said to Melo, ‘Look, you can go to Los Angeles. But if you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago,’” Broussard reported. “Melo, I’m told, said, ‘Look, I’ve been watching you guys. I admire how hard you play. I admire how hungry you are. Oh, and by the way, my son’s favorite player – Derrick Rose.’

“It seems like it intrigued him.”

Broussard noted that Chicago would have to amnesty Carlos Boozer to offer ‘Melo a deal starting at $15 million per year, which is much less than the $22.4 million he is eligible to earn with a max contract. If they trade Mike Dunleavy and his $3 million salary they could offer Anthony around $18 million.

Does Anthony love New York so much that he is willing to take a pay cut to remain there, or was his point that he is willing to take less money anywhere to improve his chances of winning a championship? Assuming Rose comes back healthy, the Bulls look much closer to a championship team than the Knicks do. They certainly have the coaching advantage with Tom Thibodeau.

From an endorsement standpoint, Carmelo could earn just as much in Chicago as New York. The Knicks are 22-40 and are likely going to miss the playoffs. The Bulls remain fourth in the Eastern Conference despite not having their best player. I think we all know what Jim Boeheim would tell Anthony to do.

Metta World Peace: Carmelo Anthony needs to be more like Kobe Bryant

Carmelo AnthonyMetta World Peace was waived by the New York Knicks on Monday after appearing in just 29 games. In his short time in New York, World Peace had a first-hand look at one of the biggest disasters in the NBA.

The Knicks, who many thought had a chance to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, are 21-36 and rapidly sliding out of playoff contention. Carmelo Anthony has not been able to prevent New York from losing nine of its last 11 games. If he was more like Kobe Bryant, World Peace thinks ‘Melo would have a better shot.

“Kobe doesn’t give a (bleep), he just wants to win,” Metta told the NY Daily News. “Melo needs to be more demanding and he needs to see results. The only difference between him and Kobe is that Kobe saw results. When Kobe said something people did that (stuff). Carmelo has no choice but to make it his personality because he’s a great player. There are not too many guys like him.”

Anthony, who can opt out of his contract at the end of the season, has done his best to not be a distraction. He has said all the right things publicly and refused to blame head coach Mike Woodson for the team’s struggles. World Peace described him as a great teammate, but he has a point about Anthony’s leadership skills.

Talent wise, Carmelo is probably one of the top 10 players in the NBA. If he carried himself like Kobe or LeBron James, the Knicks might play with more passion. They need that and then some.

Carmelo Anthony checks out woman sitting courtside

The New York Knicks are in the middle of yet another losing streak, but at least the eye candy is good. The Knicks lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night to lower their record 20-33. As Carmelo Anthony was leaving the court following the 98-93 loss, he gave a fan a long, creepy look.

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Maybe that was Anthony’s way of shooting her a dirty look? Perhaps the woman was a Grizzlies fan and said something derogatory. Carmelo is a married man, after all. And we all know married men are blind.

H/T Beyond the Buzzer