Melo: ‘I support what my wife said’ on free agency

Carmelo Anthony and his wife are on the same page when it comes to his future plans.

And that could bode well for the Knicks going forward.

“That’s my wife, I support her,” Anthony said after going for 24 points and 9 rebounds as the Knicks beat the Celtics, 114-88, Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. “I support what she said. I don’t think she said anything wrong; it’s a good thing for her to say that….Go get the book, though.” To read more of this story, click here

Kobe on Melo: ‘Everybody wants to play in Los Angeles”

NEW YORK -- Less than 48 hours after Carmelo Anthony went off for a Madison Square Garden-record 62 points, the man whose record he broke arrived in town and indicated he wouldn’t mind playing with Anthony after the Knicks star hits free agency this summer.

“Well, I mean everybody wants to play in Los Angeles,” Kobe Bryant, whose 61-point Garden outing was eclipsed by Anthony’s performance against the Charlotte Bobcats, said Sunday before the Lakers played the Knicks. “New York’s a beautiful place, don’t get me wrong but it’s colder than shit out here.”

“It’s palm trees and beaches, obviously are a little more appealing.”

Bryant, who is friendly with Anthony and teamed with him on the 2012 Olympic team that won the gold in London in 2012, said he’d be happy to offer “advice” when the time comes.

“If he wants to come for advice later as a friend I’ll be more than happy to give it to him,” said Bryant, who remains out with a fractured left knee and gave no update on his timetable for a return.

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Chris Smith Makes NBA Debut, Hopes for Bigger Role

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Chris Smith made his long-awaited NBA debut on Christmas Day, but it was hardly the stuff of fairytales.

The 6-foot-2 Smith played the final 1 minute, 21 seconds of a 123-94 blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder and did not touch the ball.

“Nobody wants a 30-point game to be your first appearance really, but it was a great experience just to actually touch the Garden floor for the first time you’re playing an NBA minute,” Smith said Thursday at practice.

“It was definitely a dream come true but we lost so it doesn’t really help the fact that I played, you know what I’m saying? If it was on the other side of the table it would be great, but it’s humbling just for everything I’ve been through.” To read more of this story, click here

Humbled CDR Trying to Reinvent Himself Amid Knicks Camp

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — He is a man trying to reinvent himself in the middle of an NBA training camp.

He has a new cell phone and he says only about 10 people have the number.

His former college coach, John Calipari, is not one of them. Neither is his agent, because he doesn’t have one.

Chris Douglas-Roberts is trying to make the Knicks roster — while trying to become a new man at the same time.

“I’ve had a really crazy summer, man,” the 6-foot-7 small forward who has averaged 7.5 points in the NBA said Monday at Knicks camp, where he sat out a scrimmage due to a thigh contusion. To read more of this story, click here

In Knicks Camp, C.J. Leslie Hoping to Prove Doubters Wrong

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — C.J. Leslie went undrafted last June, a shocking development for a guy who was once projected as a second-round pick.

The Knicks ended up signing the 6-foot-9 N.C. State forward in July as a free agent, and now he’s looking to make the team’s final roster — and prove the doubters wrong.

“Oh yeah definitely. I gotta show people that I can come out here and actually play and let these teams know that they made a mistake,” Leslie told SNY.tv this week during training camp.

With 12 players signed to guaranteed contracts, Leslie will be battling a group of other young players like Jeremy Tyler, Cole Aldrich, Ike Diogu, Josh Powell, Toure’ Murry, Chris Smith and Chris Douglas-Roberts for a place on the final roster. To read more of this story, click here

Dolan Addresses Media for First Time in 6 Years, Says Knicks-Nets Rivalry is ‘Good for New York’

NEW YORK — Knicks owner James Dolan took questions from reporters for the first time in six years on Wednesday but he didn’t say a single word about Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith or Amar’e Stoudemire.

Instead, Dolan, speaking at a press conference to announce that the 2015 NBA All-Star Game will come to Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center, proclaimed the Knicks-Nets rivalry good for New York.

“I think the rivalry is a good thing for New York, so that point it’s enjoyable,’’ Dolan said in answer to a question from the New York Post. “As far as the teams will go, I’m not going to make any predictions. This is about the All-Star Game. My hope is that both teams have a lot of players in the All-Star Game. That would be great.‘’ To read more of this story, click here

Melo Named NBA’s 10th Best Player; Durant Says Harden Should Replace D-Wade

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was ranked the 10th best player in the NBA by Sports Illustrated, and Kevin Durant believes James Harden should replace Dwyane Wade in the Top 10.

“I think you’re missing James Harden,” Durant told Cinesport in an interview shown on SportsCenter.

Asked who should be taken off, Durant said, “Dwyane Wade.”

Wade then posted a note on Instagram that read, “Kevin Durant said James Harden should replace me in the Top 10. Note to self..Make him respect our place in history…again.”

To which Durant Tweeted, “Show me don’t Tweet me…”

The Thunder visit the Heat Jan. 29 in an ESPN game. To read more of this story, click here

Jason Terry Says Knicks Could Win ‘Rucker Park Championship, Not the NBA Championship’

Jason Terry let loose a good one at J.R. Smith’s expense.

Told by Dime Magazine that Smith guaranteed the Knicks would win this year’s NBA championship, the new Nets guard asked, “The NBA championship?”

“Right. Maybe the Rucker Park Championship. I don’t know, not the NBA championship. I don’t see how they could guarantee that, at all. I’m not buying it, so… I mean, it’s a bitter rivalry, you know it’s going to be intense, and however they feel over there in that locker room they are guaranteed and entitled to feel that way but we don’t want to see that happen on our watch.” To read more of this story, click here

Knicks Announce Preseason Schedule

The Knicks announced their 2013 preseason schedule on Thursday.

Here it is:

 

Date            Opponent                                 Arena                                                                                        Time

Oct. 9…….. @ Boston Celtics……………… Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI………………… 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11…… @ Toronto Raptors…………… Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ONT………………………. 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 12…… @ Boston Celtics……………… Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, NH………………. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 17…… @ Washington, D.C………….. 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD………………………. 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 21…… @ Toronto Raptors…………… Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ONT………………………. 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 23…… @ Milwaukee Bucks………….. Resch Center, Green Bay, WI…………………………… 8:00 p.m.

Oct. 25…… vs. Charlotte Bobcats……….. Madison Square Garden, New York, NY……………….. 7:30 p.m.

 

Knicks, Nets Poised for Key Late-Season Matchups

A year ago, the NBA schedule makers shot a big airball in terms of the Knicks and the Nets.

The two New York rivals were finished playing their four-game set on Jan. 21.

This year that has changed for the better as the the Knicks and Nets will square off twice in April, including in Game No. 71, which could have implications for the Atlantic Division title. To read more of this story, click here