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Monday , Aug , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Will J.R. Smith follow Carmelo Anthony out of Denver?

Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith is on the trading block, according to an AOL FanHouse report. Smith, a six-year veteran, is entering the last year of a contract that will pay him $6.03 million this season.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This relationship wasn't ending well.

J.R. Smith has always had a contentious relationship with Denver Nuggets' coach George Karl. Smith is new school; Karl is old school. Both are stubborn.

Things are so bad that they don't speak directly, communicating through an assistant coach. Such an arrangment is dysfunctional, so it's no surprise his expiring contract is available.

The timing isn't surprising, either. Smith is Carmelo Anthony's close friend. For years, the Nuggets' franchise-face protected Smith like a little brother, ensuring the organization tolerated his immaturity.    

No more.

Lately, Anthony, who can opt-out of his contract and become a free agent next July, has been linked to trade rumors with the New York Knicks. His time in The Mile High City is ending, as an extension is unlikely.

Anthony's uncertain status has made moving Smith a possibility. Other dominoes will surely fall once 'Melo's situation is clarified.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Can Denver’s new GM fix Carmelo Anthony quagmire?

The Nuggets are expected to sit down with Carmelo Anthony soon after they hire a new general manager. The Denver Post reports that the team is likely to name a new general manager next week, with former Suns executive David Griffin the leading candidate.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The franchise-face wants out and the franchise doesn’t have a GM.
 
No wonder the Carmelo Anthony trade rumors have hit such heights that the Denver Nuggets’ 2010-11 season could be compromised.

After all, there’s no GM to play the father figure to Anthony and reassure him. There’s no GM to sell him on the club’s future. There's nobody in the lead executive chair.

This won’t be easy for a new GM to walk into to. Say, for instance, the Nuggets hire David Griffin, the former executive with the Phoenix Suns. He’ll have to instantly build enough of a relationship with Anthony that he’ll re-sign or try for equal value in a trade.

Neither task is easy. One way or another, Anthony seems set on the New York Knicks. And teams never get equal value when trading a superstar, especially when that superstar can walk the following summer as a free agent.

So a new, high-profile GM won’t necessarily solve the Nuggets' quagmire with Anthony. In fact, things may just come to a head.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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Saturday , Aug , 21 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony’s wife: ‘New York is a possibility’

Us being in New York is a possibility," LaLa said. "It depends on Melo's career and where it takes him. There's a lot of talk about the Knicks, I mean, there's a lot of teams out there, he's a great player and I think collectively we just need to think about what makes sense for our family. But I would never say that being in New York is not an option. I'd be lying to you if I said that."

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Their interest in the New York Knicks is understandable.

LaLa Vasquez and Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony have ties to the east coast. Both were born in Brooklyn. She was raised in New York; he spent his formative years in Baltimore and won an NCAA championship at Syracuse University.

So we get it. They’re connected to The Big Apple.

Then there’s the culture de jour of the NBA. Today, most superstars want to play in sexy markets for big revenue teams who’ll spend to win. In fact, they believe this is their divine right.

Translation: New York, the Knicks, and Madison Square Gardens appeal to Vasquez and Anthony.

But ‘Melo has a contract. For 2011. With Denver. And he doesn’t become a free agent for ten months, and then, and only then, will he get to pick his next home. All the chatter is premature.

Of course, a trade could happen. Key word: could. The Nuggets – not Anthony or Vasquez – will make this decision.  

Until the organization that has supported and paid him so handsomely makes this call, Anthony and Vasquez should tone things down.

Anthony needs to release a statement saying he won’t discuss the future because he’s focusing on the upcoming season, while Vasquez needs to avoid the press.

Not only will the league’s power couple look professional, it will provide a much needed cooling off period for the Nuggets and Knicks to, perhaps, swing a trade.

After all, such a trade is complicated. The Nuggets would be cutting ties with their franchise face. The Knicks would have time to find an appropriate mix of assets to offer.

Bottom line: the publicity, the 24-hour Carmelo Anthony news cycle, the gossip, the rumors aren’t in anyone’s interest.

In fact, it’s only making a migration to the NYC more complicated for Vasquez and Anthony.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Aug , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Do the Denver Nuggets have to trade Carmelo Anthony?

If the Rockets or Nets can present an offer that is agreeable to the Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony is open to being traded to, and signing a long-term extension with, one of these two clubs. The story was reported by Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, citing multiple league sources familiar with the situation.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: If Carmelo Anthony wanted to stay with the Denver Nuggets, he would've taken their three-year, $65 million contract offer.

This thing would've been signed, sealed, and delivered long ago. There's no deal and the speculation is hitting fever pitch.

After all, reports indicate Anthony has zero intention of re-upping with Denver. Instead, he wants to opt-out of his contract next July, hit free agency, and pick his new home.

So the Nuggets have two options. First, they can ignore the headlines, hope the seemingly inevitable doesn't occur, and pray that Anthony re-signs.

This is unlikely, and will result in Anthony's pending free agency becoming such a distraction the season will be compromised. Then he'll leave.

Second, they can accept the inevitable and trade him for a new cast of players to surround star point guard Chauncey Billups. The list of suitors for Anthony reportedly includes the Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic.

The Nuggets should be able to find a deal to their liking. In fact, it seems they don't have much choice.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 16 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Is Carmelo Anthony to New York inevitable?

A "methodical connecting of dots" is beginning to paint a grim picture in Denver. These are some of the dots: Carmelo's selling his Littleton estate; the constant reports of Anthony telling friends that he wants to play for the New York Knicks; his New York wedding; his East Coast upbringing; summer trade talk that has cropped up twice in his time in Denver, which hasn't always made him feel wanted; oh, and not signing a contract that averages around $21.6 million per year for the next three years, a sizable amount of money that he may not be able to earn under a new collective bargaining agreement.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s starting to feel inevitable.

Perhaps, Carmelo Anthony passes on the Denver Nuggets three-year, $65 million extension and takes less money and term to sign with the New York Knicks.
 
One sign has been overlooked: the All-Star forward has been especially active in negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with owners. The old CBA expires next summer, which is when Anthony can become a free agent.

His participation in union-owner meetings shows Anthony is very much weighing what he’d have to sacrifice to leave Denver for New York. Heading east has crossed his mind.

Whatever his decision, Anthony must handle free agency better than a certain player selected ahead of him in the 2003 Draft (for the record, we’re not talking about Darko Milicic).

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Aug , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Source says Anthony ‘eager’ to leave Denver for New York

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony is a free agent next summer and he has told friends that he's "eager to explore playing" for the New York Knicks when his contract is up, according to CBSSports.com.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will he ‘eagerly’ sacrifice millions of dollars to leave the Denver Nuggets and sign with the New York Knicks?

This, of course, is the important point. Not that Anthony likes the Five Burroughs. 

Carmelo Anthony, a free agent in 2011, obviously has his eyes on the bright lights of Madison Square Gardens and New York City.

After all, Anthony and wife Lala Vaszuez were both born in Brooklyn. The Knicks are a classic franchise with the resources to sign the scorer and provide a supporting cast.

Problem is, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires next summer. And NBA owners want a new CBA that limits the power superstars like Anthony have over franchises.

So the Nuggets will have even greater leverage over Anthony. Perhaps they’ll be able to offer him even more money than other teams. Perhaps they’ll be able to tack on an additional two years to his contract. Or perhaps the entire system changes and Anthony doesn’t become a free agent.

Eager or not, there are many factors to be determined before Anthony heads east for New York.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Aug , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Will ‘Melo pull a ‘LeBron’ on Denver?

Carmelo Anthony may soon face the same predicament close friend LeBron James was in -- playing for a club good enough to compete but not to win a championship. We all know what choice LeBron made, and Anthony could make a similar decision next year. Anthony has been long rumored to favor the Knicks, who didn't waste their remaining salary cap money on lesser free agents, choosing to save the cash. The Nuggets stayed relatively quiet in the offseason besides the additions of Al Harrington and Shelden Williams, and they don't look dramatically different from the team that lost in the first round to Utah in May. Unless the Nuggets make some dramatic moves over the next 12 months, they risk losing Anthony for nothing.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It could happen.

Carmelo Anthony could leave as a free agent. The Nuggets could get nothing back. And the city of Denver could get angry with Anthony like Cleveland did with LeBron James.

However, two things work in the Nuggets' favour. First, there isn't a crew of superstars to lure him from Denver. The New York Knicks have cap space, Amar'e Stoudemire, and play in the media capital of the world.

They don't have a once in a generation swingman like Dwyane Wade, though.

Second, a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is coming next summer, likely before Anthony hits free agency. The new CBA will surely give teams' greater power in retaining top free agents because owners are frustrated with the leverage superstars have.

So Anthony may have to sacrifice significant money and/or term to leave Denver for the New York Knicks.

This could still happen. Anthony could also decide to take the most money available and re-sign with the Nuggets

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Aug , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Anthony taking risk passing on Nuggets’ extension

Carmelo Anthony is not expected to sign an extension with the Nuggets this summer, according to sources close to the situation. "Sources close to the situation don't expect Carmelo Anthony to sign an extension with the Denver Nuggets this summer," Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld wrote on his Twitter page.
If Anthony doesn't sign an extension this summer, he'll hit the free agent market next July.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It is risky business -and we're not referring to that bad Tom Cruise flick from the eighties.

Carmelo Anthony could lose millions of dollars if he passes on the Denver Nuggets' three-year, $65 million contract extension and opts for free agency next July.

Of course, July of 2011 is also when the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. After the inevitable lock-out, a new CBA will be ratified, and all players, even superstars such as Anthony, will likely face a pay cut. The length of  their max contracts will also be reduced.

So the Nuggets, along with every team in the league, will have less to offer Anthony.

There's also the stumbling economy. If ticket sales and sponsorships don't improve, the free agent market will sag. The great equalizer is, as always, the New York Knicks. This wealthy franchise has the resources to offer Anthony the largest contract possible under whatever financial system is being used.

Relying on the Knicks is still a risk, though. It's one Anthony seems willing to make. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jul , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Al Harrington on signing with Nuggets: ‘taking my Talents to the MILE HIGH’

The Denver Nuggets reached an agreement in principle Tuesday night on a five-year, $34 million contract with free-agent forward Al Harrington, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

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Appreciate the Love and Concern. But I'm taking my Talents to the MILE HIGH. Lol. Love Yall Lego DENVER!! Brett Meeny THX!

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is a good look for the Denver Nuggets, who are enduring free agent angst with Carmelo Anthony.

‘Melo hits the open market next summer, July of 2011. However, the Nuggets - with today's signing of Al Harrington - have begun the process of selling Anthony on staying long-term by inking an extension.

After all, Harrington is locked in for five years. He’s a versatile scorer, capable of producing in a starting role, if Kenyon Martin struggles with health issues, or coming off the bench as sixth-man.

Best of all, it shows the Nuggets want to win. It shows ownership - even in these tough economic times - will commit money and term to supporting pieces.

This is important with rumors swirling that Anthony is considering swapping George Karl and the Mile High City for  Amar’e Stoudemire and The Big Apple next summer, which coincidentally is Harrington's old team.

Today is the first step. Denver will have to impress Anthony for the entire season –if they hope to keep him.

-- Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Jul , 06 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Play it Safe or Gamble: Should Carmelo Anthony take Denver’s $65 million?

Nuggets all-star Carmelo Anthony is expected to take Denver's three-year, $65 million extension offer, an NBA source said, but Anthony doesn't have a timetable as he prepares for his wedding Saturday and waits to see how the Nuggets bolster their beleaguered frontcourt.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Does he play it safe or gamble?

On the one hand, Carmelo Anthony could go conservative and take the security of the Denver Nuggets' $65 million offer. After all, the the league`s financial structure is bound to change with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

So this could be the best offer he gets. His Nuggets are competitive. And Denver is a beautiful city. Add it up, and it seems an easy decision.

On the other hand, there's a case for playing out his contract, and rolling the dice on the open market. Anthony would be the prize of the 2011 free agent class, and could pick his next home.

For instance, Anthony could officially join Amar'e Stoudemire and the New York Knicks. And the Nets - if they strike out with free agents this summer - may save their cap space and chase 'Melo next July.

However, Anthony's decision won't come soon. The forward will first pressure the Nuggets to upgrade their roster.

It seems next summer's free agent drama is starting now.

-- Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Jul , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

New York fiasco: Stoudemire throws Anthony and Parker under the bus

Amar'e Stoudemire flew into New York yesterday, and he already is recruiting other stars around the league to join him on the Knicks. "I've talked to Carmelo Anthony to come out here, I've talked to Tony Parker," Stoudemire said last night after seeing a Broadway show. "Both those guys are ready to join me if I decide to come here, so I'm gonna see if we can work it out."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Ah Amare, there are problems with your plan.

First, you haven't officially signed a contract with the New York Knicks. Nothing is on paper; there's no deal. And if LeBron James suddenly decided he wanted to ink a multi-year pact with the NYC, he would get to pick the big he wanted to partner with.

So Chris Bosh or even Carlos Boozer could be in. And you could be out.

Second, say you end up with the Knicks. Well, guess what? You've broken the NBA's tampering laws because Anthony and Parker have contracts with the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. They become free agents in July of 2011, and not July of 2010.

Perhaps, you were confused.

Fortunately, James Dolan has a relationship with Corporal Stern and the suits at league head office. He can probably smooth things over for you.

Third, you've thrown Anthony and Parker under the bus. These two may have privately expressed a desire to play in New York, but they expected these conversations to remain private and not end up in the news.

Anthony must now smooth things over with coach George Karl, Chauncey Billups, and Nugget fans, while Parker has to convince Tim Duncan, crazy coach Gregg Popovich, and the San Antonio Spurs that he's committed to winning an NBA Title in 2011.

After this, Anthony and Parker will feel they can't trust you. And if they can't trust you to keep hypothetical texts and private chats at the nightclub quiet, how can they trust you on-court as teammates? 

To be fair, you were probably excited about the possibility of signing in New York. This is understandable. The Knicks are a classic franchise. Madison Square Gardens is The Mecca of basketball. And forty-one evenings a year you'd get to rub shoulders with Spike Lee.

Now is not the time to revert to the immature antics of your past. Keep your cool. Remain a professional.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Stay or Go: What’s Carmelo Anthony’s future with Denver Nuggets?

The Nuggets are pressing Carmelo Anthony for a long-term commitment, because if he declines a three-year, $65 million contract extension now on the table, the team must consider trading its leading scorer.

Trade Melo? Would the Nuggets really part ways with a 26-year-old forward in the prime of his NBA career? Denver might not have any choice.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Denver Nuggets are fearful of the Chris Bosh syndrome occurring with Carmelo Anthony.

For instance, 'Melo could pull a 'CB4' and leave 'The Mile High City' as an unrestricted free agent next summer to join a star-studded contending team.

This is the current trend in the NBA. The creme de la creme of players are in constant communication, scheming on building Dream Teams and trying for multiple championships.

So the Nuggets don't want to lose Anthony and getting nothing back. Their franchise face must quickly decide if he's in or out? Is he committed to Denver or looking to test the free agent waters? 

If he won't decide, the club, it seems, will decide for him.

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Wednesday , Jun , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Stay or Go: What’s Carmelo Anthony’s future with Denver Nuggets?

The Nuggets are pressing Carmelo Anthony for a long-term commitment, because if he declines a three-year, $65 million contract extension now on the table, the team must consider trading its leading scorer.

Trade Melo? Would the Nuggets really part ways with a 26-year-old forward in the prime of his NBA career? Denver might not have any choice.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Denver Nuggets are fearful of the Chris Bosh syndrome occurring with Carmelo Anthony.

For instance, 'Melo could pull a 'CB4' and leave 'The Mile High City' as an unrestricted free agent next summer to join a star-studded contending team.
This is the current trend in the NBA. The creme de la creme of players are in constant communication, scheming on building Dream Teams and trying for multiple championships.

So the Nuggets don't want to lose Anthony and getting nothing back. Their franchise face must quickly decide if he's in or out? Is he committed to Denver or looking to test the free agent waters? 

If he won't decide, the club, it seems, will decide for him.

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Thursday , Apr , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe Sells More Jerseys than LeBron in ’09-’10

The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant once again tops the NBA’s list of most popular jerseys, where he has reigned as No. 1 since the start of the 2008-09 season. The list is based on sales at the NBA Store in New York City and on NBAStore.com since the start of the 2009-10 NBA season through April 2010. Both stores are having record sales years with a combined increase of 20 percent over last year.

Thirteen players competing in the 2010 Playoffs appear on this year’s list. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James remains No. 2 and the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett climbed one spot from last year to No. 3. Chicago Bulls sophomore Derrick Rose continues to make a name for himself, coming in at No. 4, while the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard rounds out the top 5. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant debuts in the top 10 for the first time, landing at No. 9, while the Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony moves from No. 15 to No. 10.
 
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Monday , Apr , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony: I Can’t Do this by Myself

In a 117-106 loss to Utah that put the Nuggets on the brink of elimination from the playoffs, Denver looked like the same frustrating franchise it has been for most of Anthony's career.

If Melo can't do it, nobody can.

"I'm trying, I'm trying to beat them. I'm trying to do everything I can in my power to beat the Jazz," Anthony said Sunday. "But, at the end of the day, I need some help. I'm not sitting here pointing fingers or nothing. As a unit, we've got to do this together. I can't do this by myself."

The strain of having to do it all for a Nuggets team that doesn't have the right stuff erupted late in the first half, when Anthony loudly chastised teammate Chris Andersen on the bench for taking an ill-advised outside jump shot that clanked.

"I'm in a battle. I don't have time to worry about people's feelings right now," Anthony said. "I'm trying to win." 

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Friday , Apr , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

George Karl Makes Surprise Visit to Nuggets

Before the team's departure, Karl, who continues to recover from an aggressive treatment regimen in his battle against neck and throat cancer, paid a surprise 15-minute visit to the club during its closed practice session, according to the Nuggets' website.

It was the first time Karl had made it to a practice since his six-week regimen of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the team said.

Dantley said he also had a chance to meet with Karl the day before.

"We talked some basketball and he gave me some opinions on things, what we need to do," said Dantley, who is 12-9 filling in for Karl this season, including 1-1 in the playoffs. "He feels like we'll be OK. It was a pretty good visit."

And what was Karl's biggest piece of advice?

"We can't let (Deron) Williams hurt us," Dantley said. "We have to take the ball out of his hands. That means when he comes down the court on the left side, we don't have three guys over here hugging on the guy on the weakside. That means sprint back to the paint, keep vision on Williams at all times." 

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Tuesday , Apr , 20 , 2010 Marija Kero, The Knicks Chick

The Knicks Chick on Why the Celtics Are Going Home and the First-Round Match-ups

HoopsVibe is proud to welcome Marija Kero, better known to many of you as The Knicks Chick, to the team. Marija will be checking in with videoblogs covering everything from her beloved Knicks to Ron Artest's latest hair-related mishap. In her first piece, Marija shares her thoughts on Boston's bad temper, the surging Mavs and the ghosts of NYK past appearing in the postseason. 

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