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 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