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Friday , Nov , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Did Paul toast playing with Anthony and Stoudemire in New York?

Carmelo Anthony has confirmed a New York Post report that Hornets point guard Chris Paul made a champagne toast at the Denver forward's wedding in July that called for himself, Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire to team up with the Knicks.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Remember the context before crucifying Chris Paul.

Paul was at the wedding of friend and fellow superstar Carmelo Anthony. Paul may have had a ‘pop’ or two. Paul was probably emotional. And Paul’s status with the New Orleans Hornets was up in the air.

So he made a toast about joining forces with Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire in New York.

Paul’s toast is not the issue. Anthony’s loose lips are.

After a pair of tough seasons, Paul has led his Hornets to a league-best 7-0 record. He has bought into rookie Coach Monty Williams’ defensive system and doesn’t need a friend creating distractions.

When asked about the toast, Anthony should’ve bit his tongue. Or, he should have told reporters to talk to Paul. By confirming the toast, Anthony threw Paul, his friend, under the bus.

Perhaps Paul should keep this in mind when deciding whether to team up with Anthony in New York.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 07 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nash to New York?

Should the Suns slip in the playoff race, Steve Nash, according to some, may be on the trading block. Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni and Amar'e Stoudemire would give their left lung to reunite with the veteran playmaker.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s already a regular on New York fixtures like The Late Show with David Letterman, but will Steve Nas be a fixture at Madison Square Gardens?

Reports continue to surface that Nash may be willing to leave the Phoenix Suns to finish his career with the New York Knicks. This theory isn’t so far-fetched:

1) Nash is already a legit' New Yorker, spending his summers in a luxurious ‘SoHo’ pad. The move would have little impact on his wife and twin daughters.

2) Former Suns teammate Amar’e Stoudemire is a Knick, courtesy of a five-year, $100 million free agent contract. Mike D’Antoni, Nash’s friend and former confidante with the Suns, is the Knicks’ coach. 

3) New York, unlike Phoenix, has resources. Exceeding the cap and paying the luxury tax isn’t an issue, especially if it enhances their chances at winning.

4) Nash loves challenges. Helping to resurrect the lowly Knicks would make him a hero in the media capital of the world.

5) New York would allow Nash to continue pursuing his next career in film and documentary production. His first effort Into The Wind was part of ESPN’s 30-for-30 series.

Of course, swapping The Desert for The Big Apple hinges on one thing: winning. If the Suns are competitive, Nash stays. If the Suns aren’t competitive, he leaves.

Before Phoenix’s season opener, Nash told the press he “would probably pick us to be outside of the playoffs considering all the changes and the new guys”.

So draw your own conclusions about Nash moving to New York.

 --Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Oct , 31 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Spike Lee: ‘Carmelo Anthony will be with the Knicks’

Acclaimed director and longtime Knicks fan Spike Lee is certain that Carmelo Anthony will play for his team in the near future.

"I have just one sentence for you," Lee told The New York Post on Saturday night. "Carmelo Anthony will be with the Knicks if God is willing and the creek don't rise."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call:
Spike Lee’s comments made it official.

Every man, woman, child, dog, cat, goldfish and gerbil has now weighed in on the Carmelo Anthony to New York rumors.

In fact, in case you missed it:

1) The Pope cut short his weekly address to followers at the Vatican because he was upset the Knicks were willing to sacrifice Wilson Chandler to get ‘Melo.
The Pope apparently likes Chandler’s upside.

2) Nelson Mandela, the dedicated humanitarian, stopped his latest charitable endeavours in South Africa to examine if Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire can co-exist with the Knicks.

3) Democrats and Republicans halted their campaigns for Tuesday’s Mid-Term Elections. Even with a floundering tattered economy and war in Afghanistan, both political parties felt it pertinent to spend several days discussing the national emergency known as the Anthony trade rumors.

Expect a congressional hearing –and soon.

Jokes and hyperbole aside, this is getting ridiculous. Despite his comments, Anthony won’t re-sign with Denver. One way or another, he’ll end up in New York.

The Nuggets, Knicks, and Anthony’s people should lock themselves in a room and make it happen. Enough is enough.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Oct , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Amar’e Stoudemire left Suns to win with Knicks?

Amar'e Stoudemire left the Suns as a free agent and decided to join the Knicks for fame, fortune and a better chance to win an NBA title. New York doesn't have the core needed to contend now but even after signing Stoudemire to a $100 million contract, they have the future cap space to make a splash.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This sounds good.

Amar'e Stoudemire is telling anyone who'll listen he left Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns to win a championship with the New York Knicks.

His logic is, of course, flawed.

While Nash and the Suns won't be hosting a June victory parade, the Knicks aren't closer to shutting down Manhattan for a championship celebration, either.

Don't forget the Knicks play in the highly competitive Eastern Conference, too. There's the Holy Trinity in Miami; the Gang Green of the Boston Celtics; and the always tough Orlando Magic.

Bottom line: Stoudemire signed with the Knicks because they offered the most money. In fact, the Knicks $100 million contract trumped other teams’ offers by $20 million.

The Big Apple is perfect for the 'modest' Stoudemire – a player who dubbed himself Standing Tall and Talented – to ply his trade.

After all, New York's spotlight and stage is bigger than any other. And there's no Nash to steal headlines or credit.

So STAT can say his decision to leave Phoenix was about winning. Money and market size played a role, too.

--Oly Sandor.


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Saturday , Oct , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Mike D’Antoni on Amar’e Stoudemire: ’I’m hoping he’s the MVP’

Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni is touting forward Amar'e Stoudemire as an MVP candidate this season. "I'm hoping he's the MVP this year," D'Antoni said. "That's kind of what he should shoot for and I'm sure what he's trying to be."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You’d think the New York Knicks would have learned –hope is not a strategy.

The classic franchise spent three years wooing LeBron James. They cleared cap space. They promised him the world. And they hoped The King would be their saviour.

Well, James took his ‘talents to South Beach’, which left the Knicks giving Amar’e Stoudemire a 5-year, $100 million contract.

Now Coach Mike D’Antoni has to hope Stoudemire can be his saviour.

While Stoudemire has moments of greatness, he’s not an MVP. His offensive game is limited; he treats defense like a contagious disease; and he doesn’t make those around him better.

The Knicks will be better, though. Ray Felton is an upgrade at point guard. Danilo Gallinari should continue developing. And Stoudemire is a legit’ All-Star at the four-spot.

Most importantly, D’Antoni’s crew can finally play to win, not bide their time and hope for the best from The Great Free Agent Chase of 2010.

Playing to win, not hoping, is the only way the Knicks succeed.

-Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Oct , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony: staying with Denver Nuggets still an option

Carmelo Anthony said he expects to remain in Denver for the start of the season and would consider re-signing with the Nuggets.

"Yeah. That's keeping my options open," Anthony said when asked if re-signing with the Nuggets is still a possibility. "Yeah (it is an option). When that time comes, we'll discuss that."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: One moment, he’s staying. One moment, he’s going.

Carmelo Anthony’s pending free agency has as many twists and turns as some dude who spent seven seasons in Cleveland –before ‘taking his talent’ to South Beach last summer. (Note I said ‘almost’).

Anthony is covering himself with these comments. He’ll re-sign with the Denver Nuggets, if a trade east doesn’t materialize or if his free agent rights change in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

For now, Anthony must play in Denver. Things would get awfully unpleasant if the Nuggets had zero chance at re-signing him.

However, the end goal hasn’t changed. Anthony wants to be in New York, with the Knicks or Nets.

Hopefully, a trade happens and soon. Then we can get on with our lives.

Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Oct , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks to sacrifice Danilo Gallinari for Carmelo Anthony?

 For two weeks, the Knicks have been working on a deal that would include Anthony Randolph, Eddy Curry and a first-round draft pick acquired from a third team. New York is also now more willing to part with Danilo Gallinari.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He could be sacrificed.

The New York Knicks may have to part with Danilo Gallinari to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.

Sure, the sharpshooter is a talent. His range spreads the floor. His mid-range game is developing. And each year his confidence grows.

This, however, is not enough to pass on a superstar.

Gallinari and Anthony play the same position: the three-spot. The Italian would become redundant on any squad with ‘Melo.

After all, Gallinari can’t switch positions. He’s too slow for off-guard; the Knicks gave Amar’e Stoudemire a cool $100 million to play power forward.

They could go small, though. The Knicks could give Stoudemire time at center, shift Anthony to power forward, and keep Gallinari at quick forward.

Unfortunately, moving Stoudemire to center – a position he never enjoyed while with the Phoenix Suns – would take minutes from promising rookie Timofey Mozgov.

In this situation, the simplest option makes the most sense. And Knick-nation must be willing to sacrifice Gallinari for Anthony.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Oct , 09 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Franchise Falling: Steve Francis arrested at LAX

Former NBA star Steve Francis was arrested Thursday night at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. Francis was taken into custody about 10 p.m. by airport police for resisting arrest, officials said. He appeared intoxicated and became boisterous at one of the ticket counters, officials said. He was released after posting $10,000 bail early Friday.
 

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Oh, how The Franchise has fallen.

Steve Francis, a three-time NBA All-Star, is now out the league and catching flack from the law for sipping a little something, something at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Perhaps this is Karma. After all, Francis was a Prima Donna in Vancouver, Houston, and Orlando. His time in New York and Memphis was laughable.

Hopefully, Francis gets it together. He’s only 33. And has the resources to do anything he wants.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Sep , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Carmelo Anthony: ‘I never said I wanted to be traded’

Carmelo Anthony denied that he has requested a trade and said he plans to keep his options open until the end of the season. "I'm leaving my options open. At the end of the season, I'll sit down with my team; I'll sit down with the Nuggets," Anthony said. "I've never said I wanted to be traded," he said. "I never once said anything about trade talk. There's been a lot of speculation going on."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ah, the old innocent routine.

Nobody believes Carmelo Anthony's denials that he had any part in off-season trade talks. For months, speculation has surrounded the superstar on where the Denver Nuggets might deal him.

Today, he reported to the Nuggets’ training camp. And today, he played the-hear-no-evil, see-no-evil-card with the media.

What else could Anthony do?

The Nuggets spent all weekend trying to deal him to the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, or Philadelphia 76ers. They failed.

So Anthony came to camp, where reporters peppered him with questions. They wanted to know his plans for the future. And he gave them nothing, except some song-and-dance about deciding at the end of the season.

It wasn’t believable. For now, it was enough.

--Oly Sandor.


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Sunday , Sep , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Kobe’s advice for Carmelo: be 100% happy with choice

"We’ll see if he signs a reasonable extension and if he’s 100 percent happy that it’s where he wants to go," Bryant told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday. "If not, don’t make a move just to get out of the situation. ... Make sure it’s a move that you’re very happy in and you’re comfortable with."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: The Black Mamba has spoken.

Kobe Bryant, the NBA’s greatest player and resident OG, recently advised Carmelo Anthony on his situation with the Denver Nuggets.

Bryant's opinion makes sense: too often, players hastily swap one bad situation for another. Instead of weighing their options, they force trades, and aren't better off.

Wherever Anthony lands, it must be right. He has to win. Big time.

While this situation isn’t The Decision Part Deux, it has cast the superstar forward in an unsavoury light. Many fans are sick of the hourly updates, constant speculation, and comments from Mrs. Anthony.

So Bryant’s point is a good one: whether Anthony ends up with the New York Knicks or New Jersey Nets, he has to be sure.

If he’s unsure, why bother?

Anthony would soon find himself in the same predicament a few years from now. He’d be losing, He'd be miserable. And he'd be searching for an exit strategy.

Perhaps Anthony is spending the weekend reflecting on Bryant’s words. And perhaps this explains his reservations about joining the Nets.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Sep , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Report: Eddy Curry MIA with NY Knicks

The Knicks haven't seen or heard from Eddy Curry in more than three months. The Knicks were told Curry would arrive just after Labor Day and he didn't show up, which has been a familiar trend again over the past few weeks.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Believe it or not, Eddy Curry is a key part of the New York Knicks’ rebuilding efforts.

Okay, allow me to rephrase: Eddy Curry’s contract is a key part of the New York Knicks’ rebuilding efforts.

At season’s end, Curry’s $12 million per annum deal comes off the books. The Knicks can keep Curry and reap the financial windfall or include him in a package for a top talent like, say, Carmelo Anthony.

Before any scenario unfolds, they must find him. As mentioned, the Knicks lost touch with Curry, which isn’t good.

After all, Curry has had off-court issues: a murder occurred in his extended family; he had a public spat with a former employee; and he reportedly owed some unscrupulous characters money.

With such a troubling personal life, it’s hardly surprising Curry’s basketball career has fizzled.

Hopefully, he’s safe. Hopefully, nothing has happened.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Sep , 19 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

La La Vasquez on ‘Melo’s future: ‘let’s just see how this plays out’

"I still live there," she said. "There’s so much speculation out there. We did (the) George Lopez (Show) two days ago, and Melo made it clear: He’s still a Denver Nugget. So no matter what you might hear or speculate, he is a Denver Nugget. He’s been committed to that team and that city for seven years now. You’ve got to cut him a little bit of slack. He hasn’t made a move yet.

"As of now, the plans are to report back to Denver for training camp. So let’s just see how this plays out."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: La La Vasquez is right. Her husband’s situation with the Denver Nuggets has become comical.

For months, the press, fans, players, and GMs have speculated on where Carmelo Anthony will get traded. It’s a hot topic because the star forward can opt-out of his contract next July and become an unrestricted free agent.

The speculation is endless. One day, Anthony is getting dealt to the New York Knicks. The next day, the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, and/or New Jersey Nets are the frontrunners.

The Knicks and Nets do have two distinct advantages over the competition. 

Vasquez, a former MTV host, hails from Brooklyn. Although unlikely to admit it, she’d prefer her husband ends up in the greater New York area, so she can continue her entertainment career and be near family.

This may be what pushes Anthony aways from Denver.

--O. Sandor.

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Thursday , Sep , 09 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Anthony prefers Knicks and Bulls?

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Carmelo Anthony would still like to depart Denver before the season begins.A source with knowledge of Anthony's plans told Yahoo! Sports that his preferred destinations are Chicago and New York. The Bulls' offer would need to include Luol Deng who could be packaged along with James Johnson and Taj Gibson. Chicago also has draft picks to offer the Nuggets.The Knicks' offer would center around Danilo Gallinari and Eddy Curry.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: No trade will happen before the season if the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks continue lowballing the Denver Nuggets.

After all, Carmelo Anthony is The Man in The Mile High City. He’s a star who commands the national spotlight. So the Nuggets can’t accept the Bulls or Knicks’ paltry offer.

Neither is sufficient; both are laughable.

The Nuggets want a combination of expiring contracts, draft picks, and blue-chip talent for Anthony. The Knicks would have to up the ante by including Anthony Randolph, while the Bulls’ offer falls well short.

Of course, there’s no motivation to offer fair value.

The Nuggets will likely have to deal Anthony. He can opt-out of his contract at season’s end, become an unrestricted free agent, and sign with the team of his choosing.

The Nuggets would get nothing in return, which means they may eventually have to cut a deal.

The key word is eventually. Right now, they have time. With what the Bulls and Knicks are offering, Anthony will wait for his trade.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Sep , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Isiah believes LeBron should have signed with Knicks

"I think -- and I honestly believe this -- it would've been interesting to see if he could have [won a title with the Knicks]," Thomas said. "The curiosity factor, the whole world would've been drawn to watch and see if he could do it. The whole LeBron Knick thing would've piqued everyone's curiosity.
 
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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Signing with the New York Knicks would have been a good business decision.

New York is the media capital of the world, so calling Madison Square Garden home would have allowed LeBron James to maximize his brand.

Each day, he could’ve spent a few hours on basketball. After practice or games, he could’ve jumped in his limo, rubbed shoulders with Fortune 500 CEOS, and furthered his business empire.

However, signing with the Miami Heat was a good basketball decision.

The Heat could, and did, attract three superstars because they had the cap space to offer three max contracts. The Knicks could only attract two superstars because they only had the cap space to offer two max contracts.

And that’s why James picked Miami over the New York. He wanted to play with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami. Not Bosh or Wade in New York.

More specifically: he wanted to win multiple championships with Bosh and Wade in Miami. Not contend for multiple championships with Bosh or Wade in New York.

Whatever your thoughts on how James left the Cleveland Cavaliers, you can’t fault him for signing with Miami and ignoring New York.

--Oly Sandor.

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Is Carmelo Anthony worth the trouble?
Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 J.N.

Is Carmelo Anthony worth the trouble?

Denver, what are you doing? Why is he still on the team? Trade him already. He’s still there? Look. I understand that people are trying to team up with others to win. That is fine. Whatever. The people of Denver should not have to put up with a whiny person putting bounties on porn stars via Twitter on someone like Kat Stacks. That is not a class act. Then he goes around and says that his Twitter was hacked. Come on, man! Stop playing!

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Saturday , Sep , 04 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks passing on Fernandez to get Anthony or Paul?

Knicks president Donnie Walsh recently rejected a three-team deal that would have sent Anthony Randolph to Indiana, a first-round pick to Portland and Rudy Fernandez to New York, according to a team source.
 
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: For the New York Knicks, acquiring Rudy Fernandez is, well, complicated.

Clearly, the rebuilding Knicks have interest in acquiring the Spanish swing from the Portland Trail Blazers. And, clearly, the Blazers have interest in cutting ties with the disgruntled Fernandez.

Why the hold-up? This seems a fit for both organizations.

Turns out the Knicks lack the right assets to satisfy the Blazers, so they need a third team to complete a trade. Recent reports had the Indiana Pacers getting involved.  

This mysterious third team holds considerable leverage over the Knicks. For instance, they'll probably demand blue-chip talent Anthony Randolph as compensation for their role in the Fernandez ordeal.

Randolph is an elite prospect. The Knicks want to keep him. They would include the pogo-stick post as part of a trade package for an elite talent –like Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul. The Knicks, however, won’t trade Randolph for just a good player –like, say, Fernandez.

For now, Fernandez stays with Portland.  And Anthony stays with New York.   

--Oly Sandor.

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Friday , Aug , 27 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Mission Impossible: Can Denver get equal value for Carmelo Anthony?

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Nuggets look ready to part ways with Carmelo Anthony who has made it clear he wants out of Denver. Anthony's camp has advised the Nuggets to deal the superstar forward since he plans to leave as a free agent next summer.

The relationship has become contentious, with Anthony's representatives making heavy-handed demands and Stan Kroenke responding in kind. "It’s almost a given they’re going to move him," said a team executive who has talked with both the Nuggets and Anthony’s agents.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Carmelo Anthony saga has hit the Denver Nuggets at an inopportune time.

George Karl, the coach, is battling cancer, so his future is uncertain. Masai Ujiri, the GM, is brand spanking new. The Kroenke family, the owners, are shuffling who oversees the various holdings in their empire, which includes the basketball team.

The Nuggets are in flux. Anthony - or any superstar - wouldn't sign a multi-year extension under such dire circumstances

The only thing harder than re-signing Anthony: getting equal value in a trade.

Consider Ujiri's predicament. He’s new. He has no leverage since Anthony can bolt as a free agent in July. Opposing GMs will likely lowball the former Raptors’ executive. And it’s never easy to get fair compensation when moving a superstar.  

Help will also be limited. Karl is trying to get healthy, while the Kroenke clan are preoccupied with buying the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.

At least, the Nuggets have decided to trade Anthony. However, the hard part, the actual deal, is just starting.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Aug , 24 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Carmelo Anthony prefers Houston over New York

Anthony has hesitated to sign a three-year, $65 million extension and expressed intrigue with opting out of his contract next summer to become a free agent. Despite significant speculation the New York Knicks are the team that Anthony would most likely want to join, two sources close to him insisted the Knicks have been overstated as an object of his desire. Privately, Anthony has expressed more enthusiasm over joining the Houston Rockets than the Knicks, sources said.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: For Carmelo Anthony, it's not all about New York.

Recent reports indicate Anthony is lobbying for a trade to the Houston Rockets, which would leave the Knicks in the cold. 

This is a surprise, but not a shock.

The Knicks lack the parts to trade for Anthony, so team and player would have to link up in July when the superstar hits free agency.

This may be too great a risk for Anthony, especially with a three-year, $65 million offer on the table from the Denver Nuggets. The Collective Bargaining Agreement expires next summer, and a new CBA would likely reduce the salary Anthony could earn as a free agent.

The star is trying to protect his earning power by engineering a sign-and-trade. And it explains why Anthony is considering taking the Nuggets' money and heading south to the Rockets.

The Rockets possess the assets to trade for Anthony and can still provide a solid supporting cast. He'd also remain in the Western Conference, away from the Boston Celtics' veterans, the Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, and the Miami Heat's Three Kings.

Bottom line: Anthony isn't sleeping on Houston. Neither should we.    

--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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Friday , Aug , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Stoudemire on Isiah’s role during free agency: ‘I never talked to him once’

Although the Knicks credited Isiah Thomas with helping the team land Amar'e Stoudemire this summer, Stoudemire himself told the media that he never even spoke to Thomas before making his decision to sign in New York.

"No. I didn't talk to him once," said Stoudemire. "I never talked with him once." Asked if he's ever met Thomas, Stoudemire said, "A while ago, I think.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is exhibit 4,489 that the New York Knicks are dysfunctional.

For weeks, owner James Dolan has publicly credited Isiah Thomas - his disgraced former coach and executive - with helping the Knicks to sign free agent Amar'e Stoudemire.

Dolan then rehired Thomas as an outside consultant because of his supposed success with Stoudemire.

It didn't matter that Thomas once ran the organization into the ground. It didn't matter that Thomas was sued for sexual harassment. And it didn't matter that Thomas' consulting gig would pose a conflict of interest with his day job as coach of Florida International University.

According to Dolan, Thomas could relate to stars like Stoudemire. So he was back.

Now we discover Thomas had no role in the Stoudemire signing. Zero. Zilch. None. In fact, the All-Star four-man can't even confirm if or when he talked to Thomas.

Either Stoudemire has a sudden case of amnesia or Dolan is a liar. My money is on the latter.

Why would the Knicks' madman go to such lengths to bring Thomas back? And why would he credit Thomas for a signing he had no part in?

The answer: Dolan wants Thomas to replace Donnie Walsh as head suit.

Eventually, Walsh's health will force him to retire. Dolan and Thomas are still close, and this relationship could result in Isiah returning to the city and franchise he once terrorized.

Dolan wanted Thomas in the loop, so he could quickly transition from consultant to executive whenever Walsh calls it quits.

And if that hiring ever happens, it will be even more evidence that the Knicks are dysfunctional.

--Oly Sandor.

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