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Michael Jordan Was a No-Show for Carmelo Anthony’s Wedding

Carmelo Anthony is one of the few professional athletes who represents the Jordan Brand. Endorsing the Jordan Brand places Melo in exclusive company; most players consider it an honor to be associated with Michael Jordan. One would figure it would lead to a strong relationship between the current Knicks star and former NBA legend, but apparently it’s not enough to make MJ show up to Melo’s wedding.

Asked by GQ if he was surprised by anyone who showed up for his wedding, Melo focused on who wasn’t there.

“Everybody came who said they were going to come, except Michael Jordan. He was supposed to come but you know, he’s Jordan.”

Melo said in the interview that he has a strong relationship with Jordan, and that it was an honor to be included with the Jordan Brand. But their relationship isn’t strong enough for Jordan to attend the wedding. If anyone could blow off Melo, maybe it’s Michael Jordan. Given his friction with today’s NBA players, it’s probably best he didn’t show.

But come on, Mike, you’re better than that. If you RSVP yes, you better dress to impress. The only positive is Jordan didn’t have to see Amare Stoudemire wearing this ridiculous outfit.

High five I am a GM

Video Highlights from Melo League vs. Goodman League Exhibition Game

Several NBA stars got together Tuesday night in Baltimore for a Melo League vs. Goodman League exhibition game at Morgan State University. As we told you on Saturday, Kevin Durant headlined the Goodman League team while LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Paul all starred for the Melo League squad. The Melo All-Stars won 149-141, getting 38 from LeBron and 36 from Carmelo. Kevin Durant lit it up for 59 points in a losing cause, representing the Washington D.C.-based team.

Here are some video highlights from the event shared by Ben Golliver at CBS Sports:

As you could tell, there wasn’t much defense being played (what gave that away, the 290 combined points scored?). Fans reportedly paid as much as $100 for tickets, so there’s little doubt they were excited to see offensive highlights. One fan even took video and got a little too excited about a Kevin Durant three pointer over LeBron. Check out the video:

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LeBron James to Join Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Durant in Baltimore Exhibition

While players like Kevin Durant, Brandon Jennings, and Kobe Bryant have been active playing in summer leagues the last several weeks, LeBron James has been quiet. He did go on tour in Asia (and got embarrassed by a Taiwanese player), but until now we haven’t heard much about him playing in rec leagues. The Washington Post says LeBron will play for Carmelo Anthony’s team in a Melo League vs. Goodman League all-star exhibition Tuesday.

LeBron, Melo, and Chris Paul will highlight the Melo League team while Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Brandon Jennings will represent the Goodman League team. Goodman League commissioner Miles Rawls says he plans to bring Ater Majok and Arinze Onuaku as well. Donte Greene, Gary Neal, Josh Selby, Eric Bledsoe have also committed to the Melo League team.

The game was initially scheduled to take place Sunday but was postponed until Tuesday because of Hurricane Irene. They still need to decide on a venue, but it should be a fun game. Oh yeah, and feel free to resume the “Chris Paul to the Knicks” talk. It seems like the two flirt with each other every summer.

If Knicks Are Going to Fire Mike D’Antoni, They Should Fire Donnie Walsh First

New York, we have a problem.

As the New York Knicks’ star-studded spaceship comes tumbling back to Earth, Mike D’Antoni‘s seat is heating up as if he had been jettisoned from the cockpit to burn up in the atmosphere by himself.

While the Knicks load up on losses, the front office counts down the days until D’Antoni will inevitable be fired. The Knicks’ loss Monday night to the Boston Celtics dropped the Knicks to the 7th seed and sent their record crashing to .500. Now just 35-35 and sitting behind the 76ers in the East, New York looks worse than they did just a month ago. With no signs of a turnaround coming, the negative fan base is growing tired and frustrated by the New York minute. For all of this, their coach Mike D’Antoni, will unjustly shoulder the blame.

But is it all D’Antoni’s fault? Not all of it, no. To a degree, he has been responsible for their recent losses. His style of coaching and play calling doesn’t necessarily demand defense and plays into the laziness of his current roster on that end of the floor. But the roster he has to deal with — that’s not his fault; he can’t coach up a team that isn’t willing to be coached.

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Carmelo Anthony Apologizes to Teammates, Upstaged by Latrell Sprewell

It’s truly amazing to see how the excitement surrounding Carmelo Anthony’s trade to the Knicks has died down. We went from this guy being the lead subject in trade rumors the entire season and having New York engulfed in “Melo Mania” to fans already complaining. Perhaps the disappointment exists because the Knicks now have a losing record since acquiring Melo, having gone 7-8 including losing five of six since the trade. The hype built up during the trade announcement and that was validated in a win over Miami is now gone.

Carmelo Anthony didn’t speak to the media after Friday’s loss to Detroit in which he went 2-12 for just six points. He told reporters he cleared the air with teammates at their hotel on Saturday, saying “I got a chance to talk to coach and the guys. Letting them know, don’t be used to me getting frustrated out there. All around it was just a bad day, us losing. The way we lost. That stuff is frustrating.”

The positive feelings from Melo’s apology were short-lived because the Knicks lost to the Bucks by five Sunday. Apparently former Knicks forward Latrell Sprewell was on hand at the Bradley Center for the game and got a positive reception from the fans. And as the NY Post put it, he upstaged Melo “When Anthony went to the free-throw line in the third quarter, the fans chanted “Sprewell’s better.” Yikes!

I understand this was a road game, but it really is amazing to see how things are unraveling. I still believe the Knicks will be a dangerous team in the first round of the playoffs and that they’ll be peaking in two seasons, but in New York there is no patience. The pressure is on to perform now, and at the moment broke Latrell Sprewell is a more popular figure than Melo. That’s sad.

Avery Johnson Happy Nets Did Not Trade for Carmelo Anthony

Before ultimately being traded to the New York Knicks last month, media reports had Carmelo Anthony traded to New Jersey about a half dozen times. We had a report of a trade in September, January, and February, but Melo wound up with the Knicks, not the Nets.

Now, a month after missing out on the forward, Nets coach Avery Johnson says the team is better off not having pulled the trigger on the trade.

Speaking at New Jersey’s practice Wednesday, Johnson reflected on the status his team. “Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make,” Johnson said. “And that prospective trade that was reported where we were going to supposedly lose basically eight players, man that would have really gutted our team. So we’re glad that that didn’t happen.”

Of course he’s happy! The Nets had won five in a row when he made the comment, so he feels like they’ve improved. And by acquiring Deron Williams, maybe they did get a deal that improves their team more than the Melo trade would have. But I have two reasons Avery should be cautious. One, New Jersey only beat one good team during their streak (Boston), so it’s not like they’re gods. Two, I still bet Deron Williams leaves them in 2012 — they just don’t have enough on the team to keep him around.

Still, Avery may be right — the team could very well be better off with the Williams trade than they would have with Melo.

Carmelo Anthony Returning Home to New York Knicks? He’s From Baltimore

Much like statistics, it’s amazing how much the truth can be manipulated in the interest of marketing. You’ve probably seen the TV commercial that was running all throughout the week leading up to Melo’s first game as a New York Knick — it was called “coming home.” It was an over-the-top production that actually worked, generating absurdly high ratings for his Knicks debut against the Bucks.

This whole week for Carmelo Anthony was about him returning home to New York to play for the Knicks. That’s left me confused because I always thought Melo was a Baltimore guy.

Though he was born in Brookyln, I’ve read that he moved to B-More when he was seven. When people in Baltimore talk about Melo, they say “We’re so proud of Carmelo here. Everybody talks about him all the time. He’s a hero.” Melo is considered an athlete who made it out of the rough areas on Myrtle Street.

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