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.


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

Carmelo Anthony would take pay cut to help Knicks sign free agents

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Carmelo Anthony can opt out of his current contract with the New York Knicks at the end of the season, and many people have speculated that he will leave for another team. Not only have ‘Melo and his wife said that he isn’t going anywhere, but ‘Melo now says that he would even go so far as to take a pay cut to help the team sign other free agents.

“Without a doubt,” Anthony said Friday when asked if he would take less to give the Knicks more financial flexibility. “Any opportunity I have to build that up in New York, I’d do it. I told people all the time, always say, ‘If it takes me taking a pay cut, I’ll be the first one on [Knicks owner] Mr. [James] Dolan’s steps saying take my money and let’s build something strong over here.’”

Anthony also reiterated that he would not leave the Knicks.

“I’ve never been a guy that comes into a situation, when it’s not going well, to leave,” Anthony said. “That’s not my personality.”

That’s a great attitude from ‘Melo, and it’s cool that he’s acting like an unselfish leader of the team. The problem is that the Knicks have many financial problems and him taking a pay cut wouldn’t even really help. They still owe Amare Stoudemire $23.4 million, Andrea Bargnani $11.5 million and Tyson Chandler $14.6 million. They’re a mess.

If ‘Melo sticks to his word — and it certainly seems like he will — he’ll probably end up rotting away in New York the rest of his career, to the disappointment of his college coach Jim Boeheim.

Jim Boeheim tells Carmelo Anthony it’s OK to leave the Knicks

Carmelo-Anthony-Knicks-DefenseSyracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is one of Carmelo Anthony’s biggest fans. That probably has a little something to do with the fact that the two won an NCAA championship together in 2003. On Wednesday, Boeheim appeared on “Jim Rome on Showtime” and offered some advice for Carmelo on his impending free agency.

Basically, Boeheim told his former player not to be afraid to leave the New York Knicks.

“What I’d tell him is what I would tell any NBA great player,” Boeheim said, via Eye on Basketball. “If you’re a great player in the NBA, for you to be recognized as a great player you have to win a championship. It’s as simple as that. And I think you have to put yourself in the best position possible to win a championship. LeBron James did it. … And it’s changed the image of LeBron forever.

“I think you have to be in a place that you have a chance to win a championship. I think Carmelo loves New York, but I would tell him, ‘Let’s try to get some place where you can win this thing.’”

Anthony will likely opt out of his current deal with the Knicks at the end of the season, though he could still sign another contract with New York. He said he does not intend to leave the Knicks back in September, but the team is currently falling out of playoff contention and the future of head coach Mike Woodson is very much uncertain.

I’m with Boeheim. If the Knicks can’t find a way (or the cap space) to assemble a championship around Carmelo, he needs a change of scenery. It may be best for everyone at this point.

Carmelo Anthony says he had tea with James Dolan, didn’t discuss Mike Woodson

Carmelo-Anthony-Mike-Woodson-holds-players-accountableA report from the NY Daily News on Thursday indicated that New York Knicks owner James Dolan sat down with Carmelo Anthony earlier this week to discuss the direction of the team. One of the topics they allegedly spoke about was whether head coach Mike Woodson has lost the locker room in the wake of another multi-game losing streak.

The Knicks are 20-30. Anthony has said publicly on multiple occasions that the players are the ones who have to execute and the coaches are not to blame, but his reputation as a coach killer precedes him. A person close to Carmelo reportedly told the Daily News that he is not looking for Woodson to be fired.

“There may be players that have a problem with Woody and want to blame him but Carmelo isn’t one of them,” the source said. “If Carmelo has tuned out Woody or doesn’t want him as a coach, why did he score 62 points two weeks ago? Why was he player of the month in January?”

Almost any coach in Woodson’s position would be on the hot seat, and there have been rumors that he could be fired by the end of the month. It would stand to reason that Dolan would consult Anthony before making such a significant change, especially since ‘Melo can opt out of his contract after the season ends. However, he insist his conversation with Dolan was simply a tea party.

“It wasn’t nothing serious,” Anthony said Friday, via Newsday’s Al Iannazzone. “Just talking. I had tea. He had tea. That’s it. We didn’t get into details about anything. It was just a conversation.”

I don’t know what’s harder to envision — Carmelo sitting around drinking tea or Carmelo and Dolan not discussing the future of a 20-30 team that could be losing its best player at the end of the season. Dolan knows he needs to keep ‘Melo and probably bring in another top free agent in order to contend. If losing Woodson means keeping Anthony, Woodson will be gone.

La La Anthony: Carmelo will stay in New York, doesn’t have pregame sex

La La Anthony said during an interview with Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” Sunday that her husband, Carmelo Anthony, will remain in New York with the Knicks. She also revealed that the two do not have pregame sex because she says ‘Melo plays worse when they do.

“I definitely think he will stay [in New York],” La La said in her interview. “I know that he wants to stay and I support him wherever he wants to go. Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy.”

Melo’s future has been the subject of much speculation over the past few years. Even though he got his way by being traded from Denver to New York three seasons ago, things have not gone great in the Big Apple. The team fired Mike D’Antoni and replaced him with Mike Woodson, partly because of Melo’s issues with D’Antoni. Then after improving two seasons in a row, the Knicks have been pretty terrible to start this season. That has led some to believe that Carmelo would consider leaving the Knicks after the season when he can become a free agent by declining a player option. Some have thought that the Lakers or Chicago Bulls would be a consideration for him, but La La says that is unlikely.

[Related: Ex-teammate thinks Carmelo Anthony is going to leave the Knicks]

La La also explained why they don’t have sex before games.

“Usually we don’t do that before a game because he tends to play worse. [He's] too tired! Because I work it!” she said with a big smile and laugh.

And what does it look like when La La works it?

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Yeah, I could see how that would tire him out.

H/T ESPN New York

Carmelo Anthony video highlights from his record 62-point game

Friday night was just Carmelo Anthony’s night. The New York Knicks forward set a franchise and Madison Square Garden record by scoring 62 points in his team’s 125-96 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.

‘Melo went 23-of-35 from the field, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, and he made all 10 of his free-throw attempts. He grabbed 13 rebounds and will probably be criticized by some for registering zero assists. But in his postgame interview with MSG, ‘Melo said he was in the zone and credited his teammates for putting him in the position to have his huge game.

You knew it was Carmelo’s night when he made a half-court shot before halftime to give him 37 points in the first half:

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Carmelo Anthony reportedly told fan ‘Go f— yourself’ at end of latest loss

Carmelo AnthonyThe New York Knicks are back to being terrible. There was a brief glimmer of hope when they won six out of seven games to begin the month of January, but a loss to the lowly Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night was New York’s fifth straight. During the game, Carmelo Anthony reportedly swore at a fan.

According to Marc Berman of the NY Post, a fan yelled, “Nice defense, Melo” in the final minutes of the loss. Anthony apparently was in no mood.

“Go f— yourself,” an eye witness claimed Carmelo shouted back.

The Knicks held a six-point lead in the fourth quarter at one point but eventually let it slip away. Anthony would not address the exchange with a fan after the game, but he did say the Knicks need to avoid crumbling.

“I’m dealing with it,” he said. “It’s not something I’ve dealt with before, and I’m going through this experience and I’m learning from it. As a team, we got to stick together and not let anything come between us.”

It may already be too late. Losing on the road is one thing. The Knicks, however, have lost their last two home games to teams with a combined record of 32-50. Mike Woodson reportedly had to confront Tyson Chandler recently about his negative comments toward the team, and we all know how volatile the JR Smith situation has been.

The most frightening thing for Knicks fans is that Anthony can opt out of his contract after this season. With the way things have gone, why would he want to stick around?

Thanks to LBS tipster David