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 3 years ago '04        #11141
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Carmelo Anthony, Knicks reach deal

Anthony and the Knicks had been in the final stages of negotiations since Saturday.

Anthony announced the deal himself via his personal website on Sunday afternoon.

"A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 that became a reality," Anthony said in a statement. "This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team. At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered."

Anthony was being courted by the Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. He met with each team last week.

He was choosing between the Knicks and Bulls as recently as Friday, according to sources.

"I will always remember this chapter in my life. In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart," he said in the statement. "I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world."
 3 years ago '08        #11142
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 3 years ago '04        #11143
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LAS VEGAS — Phil Jackson said Carmelo Anthony took less than the maximum $129 million contract, and the Zen Master declared he needs his star player to maximize his teammates to win a championship.

Anthony officially announced he was coming back on his website early Sunday afternoon, writing an essay with the headline “My Heart, My City.’’ Anthony wrote: “I am a New York Knick at heart.’’

Anthony took less to stay with the Knicks — estimated at $122-$123 million over five years. But it was still a lot more than what the cap-space challenged runner-up Bulls could offer — 4 years, $73 million.

Jackson confirmed The Post’s reports Anthony structured the deal to give the Knicks more cap space in 2015. It is believed he didn’t take his annual 7.5 percent raise in Year 2 and may have taken a tiny pay decrease. Under collective bargaining agreement rules, a player can receive as high as a 7.5 percent pay raise annually.

“He did exactly what we kind of asked him to do,’’ Jackson said. “Give us a break in the early part of the contract when we have some wiggle room — hopefully big enough wiggle room — next year when we can exploit it.’’

Anthony’s sacrifice in Year 2 likely opens up about $2 million more in cap space for 2015, but the rest of his annual wages suffer by not taking the raise.

Meanwhile, Jackson emphatically said Anthony has to buy into this triangle-like new system that will promote sharing the ball and taking the load off him offensively. Otherwise, Jackson feels the Knicks won’t compete for a title any time soon.

“It depends how quickly our team evolves,’’ Jackson said of how soon the club will be in title contention. “If we evolve as a team, we can do it rather quickly. If we’re still going to sit and rely on Carmelo to do everything, it’s not going to happen.

“We put that load on him, it’s not going to happen. That’s what we’ve wanted to a.ssure him. We want to evolve as a team and that sometimes means the old buying into the system and giving in to the process. And the process can take time. Hopefully shorter time than longer.’’

The new regime believes Mike Woodson played Anthony too many minutes and didn’t set him up to succeed late in games as a result with a predictable offense. His final-minute shooting stats in close games were abysmal last season.

“I talked to Carmelo about that during the process. One of the things about the [triangle] offensive system, you can’t try to score every time you touch the ball,’’ Jackson said. “You have to participate and have all guys be involved.

“You also have to have guys strong enough if things break down, you need that man who can get a shot on his own you, have a guy who’s a great bailout guy in Carmelo.

“That’s what he’s looking for. He admired San Antonio’s game and how they played. That’s the way we want to play.”

On the 13th day of free agency, the Brooklyn-born Anthony sent a message to the fans. He will not stage a press conference so the words on his website stand for now.

Anthony praised Jackson as “a champion who builds championship teams,” lauded the Knicks fans as “the greatest in the world” and said he wants to “build here with this city.”

“A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 that became a reality,” Anthony wrote. “This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team.”

Soon after, the Knicks made it official with their own announcement with Jackson calling Anthony “the cornerstone’’ in a statement.

Knicks coach Derek Fisher didn’t speak to the press Sunday but said in the statement: “I have had the opportunity to be around some of the greatest players in our game, and now I have the honor of coaching Carmelo.’’

Jackson said the Knicks had “implications’’ for several days Anthony was coming back and the delay related to which of the five contract offers he’d take.

That’s why the Knicks had been so confident all last week.

“There never was any tension in our conversations,’’ Jackson said of his three meetings with Melo. “I think it went very well with us. All the conversations were relaxed, comfortable. You got the feeling he really wanted to listen to what was offered and he wanted us to hear him.

“I’m glad Carmelo has seen we have the vision and trusted us with what he implied and impressed upon us — his desire to win and be on a competitive team. Our message to him is we are going to be a competitive team. It may not be instantaneous. We may not be able to just drop in and win a championship. But that’s the direction we’re going.’’
 3 years ago '04        #11144
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LAS VEGAS — So what’s next in the Knicks’ post-Melo-signing universe?

Phil Jackson said he needs to do minor tinkering to balance the roster, but there will be no big splashes now that Pau Gasol is off to Chicago. And Jackson may not even use the $3.3 million mini mid-level exception.

Jackson said the club needs more rebounding and has a glut of guards he needs to straighten out, but is very wary of giving out a long-term deal as he looks to protect the 2015 cap space. Jackson also has to see whether second-rounder Cleanthony Early can be Carmelo Anthony’s backup. The Zen Master said he has been impressed with Early, but still called him “green.’’

The Knicks will have major cap room in 2015 and center Marc Gasol is expected to be their top target — unless LeBron James opts out if things somehow crash in Cleveland.

“I want to be fiscally responsible,’’ Jackson said. “We’ve been a taxpayer team for some time and we want to eliminate that.

“We’re not going to foolishly throw money away because it’s available to us. We want to make appropriate moves that bring our team forward. We have a roster that we can’t add a whole lot of players.’’

Wayne Ellington and backup point guard Shane Larkin could be moved for a rebounding big man. The Knicks have inquired about New Orleans power forward Jason Smith and Washington’s Trevor Booker with their exception. Metta World Peace is also a free agent and sources say wants to get back to New York.

“We still need positions to be filled,’’ Jackson said. “We’re short big and long in the guard corps. We have to do roster management there.’’

The Post reported Sunday coach Derek Fisher has added a second a.ssistant from his former Oklahoma City squad, Brian Keefe, according to an NBA source.

Keefe has been with the Thunder for seven seasons — five as an a.ssistant, working under Scott Brooks. During his first two years with Oklahoma City, Keefe served as a player development coach.

Already on the staff is a.ssociate head coach Kurt Rambis, former Lakers a.ssistant Rasheed Hazzard and former Oklahoma City a.ssistant Joshua Longstaff.

Fisher said he wants to add one more a.ssistant and there have been talks with Jim Cleamons, fired as a Bucks a.ssistant in the wake of the Jason Kidd hiring.

Ex-Laker Rick Fox, who interviewed for the head job, said he is not being considered. Former Lakers a.ssistant Frank Hamblen attended the Knicks practice Sunday, but could be a candidate.

Jackson on waiving Lamar Odom: “It hurt. We really wanted him to have an opportunity. He couldn’t break free from what was going on and get back on the basketball court.’’

Odom allegedly missed last season due to substance-abuse issues.
 3 years ago '04        #11145
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Jim Boeheim is confident Carmelo Anthony — his former Syracuse pupil who will re-sign with the Knicks — will be able to help Phil Jackson recruit a star player to the Garden for the 2015 season.

“People like him. He gets along well with everybody,” Boeheim told The Post. “In the NBA, it’s one or two key guys. And if New York can attract that one or two additional guys next year, then they could be right in there. Pros are like colleges now in: ‘Who can you recruit?’

“Pro coaches said they always liked coaching in the pros, they didn’t have to recruit,” he adds with a chuckle. “Now they have to recruit.

“Phil and Carmelo Anthony, that’s two positive influences in terms of trying to attract other players. I think it’s two really positive pieces, and if you can play well in New York, there’s probably not many better places to play well.

And so Boeheim can see light at the end of the dark Knicks tunnel.


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Boeheim directs Anthony on the Syracuse bench during a 2003 NCAA tournament game against Manhattan.Photo: AP

“I think it’s very hopeful,” he said. “They’re gonna have a great new guy in charge, I think a guy (Derek Fisher) who to me looks like he could be a good coach. I think it’s not that unrealistic to think a guy like (Steve) Kerr, or Fisher, or (Jason) Kidd or David Blatt, those guys are good coach prospects. They understood the game. The professional game is so much about the people, and handling of players. And, to a large extent, Derek Fisher’s been working with players the last 10 years, as a player-kinda-coach type on the court. So I think that’s very positive. Having Phil Jackson in charge is a pretty positive thing, and he seems to be involved and really wanting to do this. And the influence of New York, and having one guy that’s a tremendous player and everybody knows that, in his prime for the next three and four years.

“So I think they have reason to be optimistic that this year is gonna be a lot better than last year, and I think they have a reasonable expectation that they’re gonna attract somebody to come and play in New York that’ll help them in the future.”

The Hall of Fame Syracuse coach was asked if he could envision his former one-and-done star recruiting LeBron James to New York after the 2015 season.

“They’ve always wanted to play together,” Boeheim said, “but I think it’s gonna be hard to get him out of Cleveland unless things don’t go well there. But there are other great players coming in the market the next two years.”

Asked if Jackson’s triangle offense is a good fit for Anthony, Boeheim said: “It’s a good offense. It’s an isolation offense — you get your isolation opportunities out of it and you keep the defense spread. He’s a good player in isolation. He’s been criticized for that, but basically that’s what the triangle offense is. It gives you isolation situations for great players. I mean, that’s why Jordan and Kobe were pretty good playing offense. It clears space and gives you opportunities to make your play. So, yeah, I think it’ll be a good system for him.

“I think he always wanted to stay with the Knicks. I think he always wanted to play there. I really do. I mean, everybody’s saying, ‘Well, it’s more money.’ You can never discount money, but I think he likes New York, I think he’s comfortable there, his son’s comfortable there. … I have not talked to him, so I don’t really have any inside information, but I just think he wanted to be in New York, and I think he’s gonna believe that Phil Jackson was great at what he did as a coach, and he hopes he’s gonna be great at this.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of work to be done with LeBron going to Cleveland and Chicago getting Gasol, Indiana is still really good, Washington’s gotten better. It’s not gonna be easy by any stretch of the imagination.

“It’s obvious this year’s not gonna be a championship team. But can you get somebody to come there next year?”
 3 years ago '04        #11146
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LAS VEGAS -- Re-signing Carmelo Anthony was the first step in a series of moves the New York Knicks need to become competitive once again. Still, Phil Jackson’s team is a long way away from building a championship roster.

No matter what the Knicks do the rest of the offseason, it’s going to take time, and Jackson knows that.

“If we’re still going to sit and rely on Carmelo to do everything and put that load on him, that’s not going to happen,” Jackson said of the Knicks’ chances at immediate success. “Sometimes it means buying into the system and giving yourself into a process.”

That system is, of course, the triangle offense, something the Knicks have even been running during their first couple games at Las Vegas Summer League. It’s practice for Derek Fisher and the coaching staff, and a rehearsal for the players, many of whom will be on the roster once the regular season begins.

For the first time in his career, Anthony will adjust to playing within the triangle.

“One of the things about the offensive system is you can’t try to score every time you catch the ball,” Jackson says about Anthony’s ball-dominant culture. “You have to participate and you also have to have guys who are strong enough to know that there’s a whole offense to run.”

It has become such a common topic: Will the Knicks and Melo thrive within the triangle? But really, this isn’t about a “system” or “the triangle” as much as it’s about style.

Anthony has been a ball-dominant player throughout his NBA career. Last season, when he isolated more on a per-play basis than any other qualifying player in the league, per Synergy Sports, was no different. But maybe next year can be.

“He admired San Antonio’s game and how they played, and that’s the way we want to play,” Jackson said of Melo’s prospects on becoming a ball-mover.

We’ve seen Anthony shy away from dribbling and transform into a leading catch-and-shoot player in the past. That is what we call Olympic Carmelo. In the NBA, that style still has a chance to consume Melo’s game, though it doesn’t need to all the time. Anthony’s ability to create on his own remains one of the most valuable a.ssets the Knicks have.

“You need to have that man who can get shots on his own,” Jackson theorizes about NBA offense. “Then, you have a guy that’s a great bailout guy in Carmelo.”

No one in the Eastern Conference can pull off that skill better than Anthony, and coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career, it’s possible we see a better Melo than we’ve seen before once he fully adjusts to a new system.

Phil Jackson on having to let Lamar Odom go: “Oh, it hurt. It hurt. We wanted him to have an opportunity. Just couldn’t kind of break free from what was going on and get back on the basketball court and work.”
 3 years ago '04        #11147
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Ewing coaching against the Knicks today
 3 years ago '04        #11148
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Early not playing today (ankle) and Cole not playing anymore SL (calf)
 3 years ago '04        #11149
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Would like it if Phillip at least considered picking up dat Jew gunner, Omri
 3 years ago '11        #11150
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 Born_Loser said:
Would like it if Phillip at least considered picking up dat Jew gunner, Omri
 3 years ago '11        #11151
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I like Will Sheehey too, hope we can sign him and stash him on our D-League team
 3 years ago '04        #11152
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Galloway, nuff said
 3 years ago '07        #11153
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Jeremy tyler 19 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. 17 in 95-72 win over Hornets in las vegas summer league.

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 3 years ago '10        #11154
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 Funeral James said:
Jeremy tyler 19 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. 17 in 95-72 win over Hornets in las vegas summer league.

Knicks 3-0

 3 years ago '06        #11155
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Knicks looking to get Trevor Booker or nah?
 3 years ago '04        #11156
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Knicks looking to get Trevor Booker or nah?
of course, that ain't change from last season...but looks like he'll be back with the Wizards for now at least unless they don't wanna be under the cap
 3 years ago '04        #11157
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LAS VEGAS — Derek Fisher still is undefeated as a head coach, even if it’s the summer-league head coach.

In a spate of irony, Fisher faced former Knicks legend Patrick Ewing and the Knicks walloped the Hornets 95-72. Fisher’s squad, which is 3-0, led by 31 points at halftime with the triangle offense sizzling in Sin City.

As Knicks president Phil Jackson walked out of the Cox Pavilion, he said of Fisher, “We’re having fun. That’s good.’’

Jeremy Tyler, on whom the Knicks have a team option, was team-high with 19 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped in 19 and Shane Larkin added 14. Backup point guard Langston Galloway, who could receive an invitation to training camp, was 7-of-10 for 17 points.

Ewing, Steve Clifford’s a.ssociate coach with the Hornets, is 0-3 during summer-league play. He joked if he keeps losing this badly, he’ll soon be back at MSG Network. Jackson never interviewed Ewing, who has been an NBA a.ssistant coach for nine years.

Meanwhile, Fisher has been more active on the bench, at times sitting with players during action to talk with them.

“I love basketball,’’ Fisher said. “I love the nuances and details that go into the game. It’s the way my brain worked as a player, reading the floor and game. Having a front-row seat to that action, it’s exciting. I’m loving every minute of it.’’ **
On MSG Network, Jackson said, “Derek has a lot of experience. He may not be an experienced coach on the bench yet, but he has experience that I think surpasses a lot of people by the manner he has.’’

Rookie Cleanthony Early, drafted 34th, sat out with a sprained ankle but should return Wednesday. … Cole Aldrich has been shut down for summer league with a calf sprain. He re-signed Friday.
 3 years ago '04        #11158
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LAS VEGAS — With Carmelo Anthony officially on board, Knicks rookie coach Derek Fisher guaranteed the Knicks will be a playoff team this season, and will eventually compete for a championship with Anthony as the “anchor.’’

The Knicks missed the playoffs during a miserable 37-45 campaign last season that nearly led Anthony out the door. Anthony had told confidants he didn’t want to ever experience a season like that again.

“My opinion is, based on our roster and who we’re going to become, we can compete for playing in the playoffs and playing for a championship in the Eastern Conference,’’ Fisher said Monday after the Knicks’ summer-league victory over Charlotte, in his first remarks since Anthony’s signing became official. “When that happens, putting dates on it, that’s not my job.’’

As constituted, the Knicks’ starting five may be Samuel Dalembert at center, either Amar’e Stoudemire or Andrea Bargnani at power forward, Anthony at small forward and J.R. Smith and Jose Calderon in the backcourt. Knicks president Phil Jackson may be viewing Stoudemire as a backup, and has told confidants he thinks Bargnani will have a big season in his contract year.

“I believe in our guys,’’ Fisher said. “Even if nothing else changes, we’re good enough to be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference, but we have to go out and prove it.’’

Fisher’s theme since getting hired last month was that basketball experts are underrating the Knicks’ talent.

“A lot of people feel everybody around Carmelo needs to be different,’’ Fisher said. “I don’t necessarily agree with the mind-set. We have some very good basketball players on our team.’’
Fisher has not spoken to Anthony since Sunday’s official announcement, but in their two meetings, the rookie coach has impressed upon Anthony that this season the offense won’t be all about him, as it was under Mike Woodson.

“I haven’t gotten to that point analyzing his individual game in terms of strengths and weaknesses,’’ Fisher said. “What I most thought about it [was] how much easier the game will be for him. We won’t just give him the ball and say, ‘Save the day.’ We’ll utilize guys around him to be successful, build trust, build chemistry, build a fun way to play for guys, and that will make our defense better.

“That’s what he wants. … He wants to be in an environment where everybody is effective. He wants a balanced basketball team.’’

Jackson has said the team still needs to add another rebounder and perhaps a another backup small forward in case rookie Cleanthony Early isn’t ready. Jackson could offer the $3.27 mini mid-level exception, but doesn’t want to dole out a long-term deal to cut into cap space in 2015 and 2016.

Fisher said he wants to build a strong relationship with Anthony.

“Whether player to player or coach to player, it’s about the relationship,’’ Fisher said. “I’m not nervous about building the type of relationship with Carmelo we both need for us to be successful. We’re human beings and grown men. We’ll talk and work together. I’m not nervous about being myself.

Fisher and Anthony weren’t friends when Fisher was still a player.

“I think there’s a great deal of respect that’s gone both ways,’ Fisher said. “Hopefully that will help us build a mutual respectful relationship. It’s a great opportunity not just for me, but for Carmelo. We spoke in person twice about what a coach could provide. He’s comfortable with that part. The toughest part for him was: Will our roster be competitive enough to win?’’
 3 years ago '04        #11159
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Kenyon Martin wants back, for now the only thing preventing it is an ankle injury
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 Born_Loser said:
Kenyon Martin wants back, for now the only thing preventing it is an ankle injury
I'm against it, he needs to retire and let the rooks get some pt.




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