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Monday , Dec , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks and Grizzlies talking Mayo trade?

In a separate matter, Memphis Grizzles guard O.J. Mayo could be on the move soon, and a source close to his family thinks he could end up with the Knicks. “They’re gonna move him next week and I think he’s gonna end up in New York,” the source said.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He’s too great a risk for these New York Knicks.

Sure, Coach Mike D’Antoni’s squad could use an additional piece; however, O.J. Mayo needs touches, shots, and minutes to be effective.

Mayo’s score-first approach would impact chemistry. For instance, Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton, the Knicks’ newfound pick-and-roll duo, would have to adjust. And Mayo would take minutes from promising rookie Landry Fields and youngster Wilson Chandler.

So the Knicks should proceed with caution. After all, the club has won eight straight and Madison Square Gardens is in the midst of a basketball renaissance.

Instead of considering tinkering, the Knicks may be better of just enjoying their success.

-Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Dec , 13 , 2010 Elijah Abramson

Rumor: Michael Jordan wants to bring Carmelo Anthony to Charlotte?

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is pushing to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, according to a league source. The Knicks and Nets have spent a lot of time on the phone with the Nuggets and popular belief is that Anthony wants to play in New York. Link HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Michael Jordan could do anything on-the-court. Years later, Jordan the owner and executive does not possess the same skill off-the-court. So the Tsar of the Charlotte Bobcats can dream of Carmelo Anthony. He can talk to the Denver Nuggets. Heck, he can even acquire the superstar in a trade. Suppose Jordan traded for Anthony before the February deadline. Even ‘The Greatest of all Time’ wouldn’t be able to get Melo’ to sign a multi-year extension with the Bobcats. Jordan’s legacy doesn’t matter. Neither does his business relationship with Anthony through Brand Jordan. Charlotte is like Denver. It’s small. And Anthony is thinking big –real big. In fact, sources indicate the small forward is determined to end up with the New York Knicks. After all, Anthony and his wife both have ties to New York, the media capital of the world. The Knicks will also spend to win. And forty-one nights a year he’d playing in historic Madison Square Gardens with budding superstar Amar’e Stoudemire. Unfortunately, Jordan can’t compete with that -unless he can turn back the clock to 1997 and decides to suit up. --Oly Sandor. Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.
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Sunday , Dec , 12 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks to sacrifice Randolph for Anthony?

The most likely Knick to be moved -- maybe even for a first-round pick coveted by Denver -- is Anthony Randolph, whose removal from the rotation after the a loss to the Nuggets' last month directly coincided with this 11-1 run that has the Knicks at 14-9, fifth-best in the Eastern Conference.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If the New York Knicks are serious about acquiring Carmelo Anthony, they’ll trade Anthony Randolph.

Despite being out of Coach Mike D`Antoni`s rotation, there’d still be interest in Randolph, a young, athletic swing in need of a change of scenery.
An opposing GM would give the Knicks a first round pick for Randolph, which they could then include in a package for Anthony.

The Knicks –even though, they’re well over .500 and gelling after years of dysfunction- are still looking to make headlines and acquire another name like Anthony.

If sacrificing Randolph furthers that goal, so be it. Expect the Knicks to move –and soon.

--Oly Sandor.

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Saturday , Dec , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Nets or Knicks? The Carmelo Anthony trade drama continues

Despite reports that Carmelo Anthony doesn't want to play in Newark, the Nets haven't been told that and they continue to pursue the forward, according to multiple sources.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Ladies and gentlemen, we have an impasse.

Carmelo Anthony wants to be traded to the New York Knicks, while the Denver Nuggets would prefer trading him to the New Jersey Nets.

Of course, Anthony has leverage. The small forward can become a free agent next July and sign with any team he likes.

This gives him some control. For instance, the Nets won’t trade Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, draft picks, and an expiring contract without Anthony first signing a long-term extension.

However, the key word is some.

Right now, Anthony can sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Denver Nuggets. This will change come summer.

The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement expires July 1st. The owners seem determined to reduce player salaries in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

So three years, $65 million won’t be available to Anthony from the Nuggets. Neither will a max’ contract with all the bells and whistles.

The best option seems to be a three team sign-and-trade. Anthony would ink an extension with Denver, get dealt to New York, and the Nuggets, Knicks, and a third team would have to work out compensation.

Until then, the rumors surrounding Carmelo Anthony will continue.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton saving New York Knicks

After a difficult start to the 10-11 season, Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton took control of the Knicks' locker room and the team responded with a five-game winning streak.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Talent matters. So does chemistry.

For instance, the New York Knicks once spent a fortune amassing a roster of fantasy players. These players were individually talented, but never made those around them better.

Stephon Marbury was worried about his brand. Zach Randolph was worried about his statistics, while Eddy Curry was worried about, well, something other than basketball.

Other Knicks were also guilty of me-disease. They played basketball like it was an individual sport. The four other guys wearing the same uniform were a nuisance to achieving their goal.

Much of this goes back to the Isiah Thomas era. Zeke’s get-mine approach in the executive suite trickled directly down to the players.

It has taken years to rid Madison Square Gardens of this dysfunction. Now the Knicks are flying high, though. They’re playing team-first basketball. They’ve won 8 of 9.

Their recent success is due to the leadership of two players: Ray Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire.

Not long ago, the Knicks were struggling. They weren’t together. They were disjointed. And they were 3-9.

The media was circling. Executive Donnie Walsh and Coach Mike D’Antoni were on shaky ground. And Stoudemire, who signed a $100 million free agent contract this summer, seemed like a mistake.

Felton and Stoudemire stepped up on-and off court. They took control of the locker room by challenging others to improve their play. They started using the pick-and-roll to terrorize opponents.

It’s ironic that the change started with these two.

Before signing with New York this July, Felton had a mostly mixed run in Charlotte. He wasn’t a bust; however, he was behind other point guards from the 2005 draft like Deron Williams and Chris Paul.

Fair or not, Stoudemire also had a mixed reputation. He gave himself the nickname Standing Tall and Talented, and has been known to call himself Black Jesus.

Individually great, Stoudemire never made those around him better. His gaudy numbers were seen as a result of Phoenix teammate Steve Nash.

Well, Felton has taken a giant step. As has Stoudemire. Together, they're creating a new era of Knick basketball.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Nov , 29 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Orlando Magic still interested in Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul?

The Magic are still open to making trades, reports Brian Schmitz of The Orlando Sentinel.

Schmitz writes that the Magic still like both Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony -- they are partial to Paul -- and they'll trade anyone but Dwight Howard for either All-Star.


HoopsVibe News: One step back. Two steps forward.

Translation: the Orlando Magic is prepared for short-term struggles if it leads to long-term success, especially if that long-term success includes Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul.

Magic GM Otis Smith realizes his current squad lacks the horses to beat the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, or even the revamped San Antonio Spurs in a seven-game series.

He needs another superstar. Dwight Howard aside, Smith will move anybody on his roster for Anthony or Paul. 

Trades mean transition. Players need to adjust. Coaches must alter game plans. Roles must be redefined. And chemistry must develop.

Smith would accept these temporary stumbles because Howard with Anthony or Paul would supposedly give the Magic a better chance at a championship than the status quo.

Of course, there are complications. Anthony seems destined to suit up for the New York Knicks, while Paul appears to have reconciled with the New Orleans Hornets.

However, give the Magic credit. It’s championship or broke for Smith and Howard.

Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Jamal Crawford on signing with Knicks:“I would definitely listen”

A Knicks-Crawford reunion is possible. Crawford is due to become a free agent next summer, and the Hawks have been hesitant about offering an extension.

The Knicks will have cap room again when Eddy Curry, Crawford’s close friend, comes off the books, and. Their primary target will be Carmelo Anthony. But they have a clear need at shooting guard.

“I would definitely listen,” Crawford said.

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It was not the time to discuss a reconciliation.

There is a special connection between Jamal Crawford and New York City. Knick fans remember him as the bright light during the dark Isiah Thomas era, while Crawford loved playing at Madison Square Gardens.

However, after a soaring start, Crawford’s Atlanta Hawks are 4-6 in their past ten games. Worst of all, the Hawks are below .500 (4-5) at home.

So the combo guard shouldn’t be thinking about his contract expiring on July 1st. And the combo guard shouldn’t be thinking about signing with MSG because the Hawks haven’t offered an extension.

Crawford should be thinking about one thing: right now. Right now, Atlanta is struggling. And right now, they need their top reserve to produce.

If Crawford does that, Atlanta and New York won’t be the only teams interested in his services next summer. 

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Nov , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Blake Griffin: Los Angeles’ Newest Aerial Assaulter

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There’s a new aerial assaulter in The City of Angeles.

He isn’t Shannon Brown. And he doesn’t sport the purple-and-gold of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Instead, he suits up for the city’s other team: the Clippers. He was the first overall pick of the 2009 draft. On November 20th, he committed acts against the New York Knicks which are illegal in 32 states, 18 republics, and 11 semi-autonomous territories.

Of course, we’re talking about Blake Griffin. Watch the highlight package below and get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts in the comment box below.

--Oly Sandor. 

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Saturday , Nov , 20 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

New York Knick Fight Club: Billy Walker vs. Shawne Williams

Toughness has not been a Knicks trait in years. Yesterday, the Knicks, after breaking their six-game losing streak in Sacramento, were feeling feisty at practice as a skirmish broke out between Bill Walker and Shawne Williams.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They still care. They’re still engaged. And they still have pride.

This is the only way to interpret reports New York Knicks Billy Walker and Shawne Williams got into a practice donnybrook.

After all, the Knicks are struggling. They should be better than 5-8, especially after signing star post Amar’e Stoudemire and steady point guard Ray Felton this summer.

However, things have not gone according to plan. And two supporting pieces, Walker and Williams, had to be separated during a scrimmage. Emotions were surely running high. Tempers were short.

Hopefully, this is a turning point. Remember, the Portland Trail Blazers went on a tear in December 2007 after a practice turned into Fight Club, with mild mannered Steve Blake smashing chairs.

In fact, the Knicks have won two straight. If they eventually get this mess sorted, Walker and Williams’ tussle may be the moment things started improving.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 14 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Timberwolves to make ‘serious run’ at Carmelo Anthony?

If disenchanted Carmelo Anthony is still with the Denver Nuggets at trade time in February, look for the Timberwolves to make a serious run at him.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Delusional, crazy, and silly.

This is the only way to describe a reporter’s assertion that the Minnesota Timberwolves will, or should, chase Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony won’t ink an extension with Denver because they lack a co-superstar, play in a small market, and are thousands of miles from his home out east.

Consider the state of the Timberwolves: despite having young pieces, they lack a bonafide co-superstar; ‘The Frozen Tundra of Sota’ is the league’s version of Siberia; and Minnesota is far, far away from Anthony’s base of New York.

Of course, the Timberwolves can make a ‘run’ for the forward. They can even acquire him. However, they have zero chance at getting Anthony’s signature on a long-term extension.

So why bother? Think of the optics.

Suppose the Wolves pull off the impossible and land Anthony. They’d have to give the Nuggets young players, expiring contracts, and draft picks.

Come July 1st, Anthony walks as a free agent. In fact, he sprints away from Executive David Kahn and the Timberwolves.  

The forward will take less money to sign with the New York Knicks. Perhaps he’ll do the same for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, especially if it means ditching Minnesota.

The Timberwolves would then have nothing to show for this sad saga –nothing except the shame of losing a superstar. Their have-not status would again be clear for all to see.

Like I said, it’s delusional, crazy, and silly. Here’s hoping the Timberwolves invest their time in more worthwhile pursuits.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Nov , 14 , 2010 Elijah Abramson

The rumor that won’t die: Nash to New York

Still, the Knicks are going to do their due diligence, just in case the Suns are actually interested in moving the face of their franchise. The Knicks "will make an inquiry," one team source said regarding Nash's possible availability. Link HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It doesn’t matter how much those involved deny it. This rumor isn’t going anywhere. Not now. Not until there's closure. The struggling New York Knicks allegedly contacted the Phoenix Suns about the availability of point guard Steve Nash. The Knicks interest in Nash is nothing new. Neither is Nash’s interest in the Knicks. Former teammate Amar’e Stoudemire and Coach Mike D’Antoni are there; the Knicks spend money, the Suns don’t; Nash already spends his summers in the trendy SoHo district; and living fulltime in The Big Apple would allow him to pursue his post hoops career of film production. This isn’t exactly breaking news. However, there’s a recent development:  Nash and his wife are getting divorced. Perhaps he’ll now seek a change of scenery –like a trade to The Big Apple. Of course, he may want to stay in Phoenix to be near his twin daughters and newborn baby. There's only one thing we know: the speculation surrounding Nash and New York will continue. --Oly Sandor. Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.
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Saturday , Nov , 13 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Wolves won’t trade Rubio to Knicks?

But multiple sources within the Timberwolves organization guaranteed Rubio will start his career with the club, not as a Knick. Minnesota brass is convinced that Rubio will play for the club next season, when his Barcelona buyout falls to $1 million. 

HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: When it rains, it pours.

For the past decade, a torrential storm has plagued the New York Knicks and Madison Square Gardens. The showers don’t seem to be easing.

Instead of signing a game-changing free agent last summer, the classic franchise overpaid the very good but hardly great Amar’e Stoudemire. The results have been mixed.

So far, it seems the Knicks lack the assets to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, while Chris Paul has apparently reconciled with the New Orleans Hornets.

Scratch Anthony and Paul off The Big Apple saviour list.

Now this: Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio will reportedly start his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not the Knicks.

Knick-nation had prophesized that Rubio would find his way east and run the point in Mike D’Antoni’s ‘Seven Seconds Or Less’ system.

No dice. Word is the Wolves won’t trade the shaggy-haired table-setter and want him managing their offensive sets for October 2011.

Executive Donnie Walsh and Coach D’Antoni have no choice but to move to the next option. All the while, the rain keeps falling over MSG and the Knicks.

--Oly Sandor.

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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.


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 Andrew Flint

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. Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.
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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."


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.


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."


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."


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.


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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