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Carmeo Anthony has 30 million reasons to remain with the New York Knicks after he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. But if the Knicks don't have his word that he'll re-sign with them for five years at a max salary, can they afford to take the risk that he might leave? That is the question owner Jim Dolan and his tight-lipped lieutenants are asking themselves as New York struggles through the first half of the season, entering tonight's game against the Miami Heat
Phil Jackson can run the New York Knicks if he wants to. That is the word on the street this morning, although he will NOT become their next head coach. For insight into the reasons why, check out this column from Charley Rosen.
But if he accepts the job, he is going to have his work cutout for him. Although the Knicks have won three straight games and are still in contention for a playoff spot in the East, they still qualify as the most disappointing team in the entire NBA for the 2013-14 season.
And moving forward, the cupboard is bare. The Knicks have traded away their first-round draft picks in 2014 and 2016, along with all of their second-round picks from 2014-17. If Jackson is going to come aboard and make changes, his fist order of business will be to keep one thing the same -- convincing Carmelo Anthony to remain in New York after he opts out of the final year of his contract.
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If New York is going to make a splash in free agency, it won't happen for more than a year. That's when the contracts of Tyson Chandler and Andrea Bargnani come off the cap.
But a hiring of Jackson could tip the balance in New York's favor this summer when Anthony will be courted by the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, among others. More on the Jackson possibility in this podcast with Jody MacDonald of CBSSportsRadio.
Dial in 929-477-4171 to talk with the #BleedBlueShow. We are talking Carmelo Anthony: opting in or out of his contract. Will he stay a Knick? Is he going somewhere else? What are your thoughts? What are the plans of Phil Jackson with the 2014 NBA Free Agency class? Will the Knicks somehow make moves to get a draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft this Thursday regardless of what Carmelo Anthony does with his contract situation? Knicks Nation unites on the #BleedBlueShow
New York’s worst nightmare became a reality when the Knicks were officially eliminated from the playoffs.
“The beginning of the season, nobody ever thought we would be in this situation, this position that we’re in right now,” Carmelo Anthony said Sunday.
After missing the playoffs for the first time in his career, Anthony appears further from competing for a championship than ever before.
As a result, the Chicago Bulls have become New York’s top competition for Anthony’s services this summer.
Anthony spoke glowingly of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as Frank Isola wrote for the New York Daily News.
Will Anthony leave New York for Chicago?
Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops.com joined Chicago’s 670 The Score and host Joe Ostrowski to discuss the chances of Anthony leaving, what will factor into his decision, and how Phil Jackson believes he’s a fit for his Triangle offense.
Dial in Number 929-477-4171 to the #BleedBlueShow. We are doing an extended part II of the Opt Out show. We are talking Carmelo Anthony. We are talking Phil Jackson. We are talking Derek Fisher. We are talking with fans the most passionate fan base the New York #knicks
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On tonight's special Wednesday edition on T2Q, the Show Legends and I get into a little sports talk. It's Zone Coverage time! We'll cover sports sideline-to-sideline, endzone-to-endzone. With discussions mainly from the NFL. However, there will be a mix of sports on the show as we discuss the following:
WR Josh Gordon and his problems in Cleveland
Richard Sherman is still going in on Michael Crabtree
Civil suit from a fan beaten and an L.A. Dodgers game
Rumors swirling about Melo returning to play in New York
These things and more on the Talk 2 Q Radio Show! Doing it Zone Coverage style!
"No experts. Just opinions."
Show No. 364
Scheduled for 75-90 mins.
Today on the 3rd edition of The Best Damn Podcast Period we have a jam packed show. There will be no guests on the show today so just a dose of BT today. As always the show has been brought to you by Tru School Sports. Here's what we have on tap for today.
NBA Finals Talk
Yoenis Cespedes Throw
Bob Welch Dies at 57
Brandon Lafell-Roman Harper
Bills want earlier beer sales
Carmelo Anthony Needs to sign with the Charlotte Hornets
Its going to be a great show!!
We are in the midst of one of the most historic NBA free agency summers ever.
- On tonight's show, we will discuss Lebron James' upcoming decision on whether he will return to Miami or head back home to Clevleland.
- Lebron James and his agent Rich Paul met with Pat Riley today in Las Vegas
- Cavaliers are doing all they can to lure Lebron to town. Today they cleared $24 million in cap room by completing a three-team trade with the Celtics and Nets.
- The Cavs are also reportedly pursuing Ray Allen and Mike Miller
- Could the Cavs trade away Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love? Should they?
- We will discuss which team is the better fit for Lebron, Miami or Cleveland?
- Carmelo Anthony has reportedly decided to resign with the Knicks, barring a "last minute change of heart."
- Phil Jackson can turn things around in New York if Melo returns? Could they soon be championship contenders?
- We will interview former NFL player Jovan Haye
- We will close the show discussing the Argentina victory over Netherlands today, as they will meet Germany in the World Cup Final.
- PJ Hariston was charged with assault and battery after punching a high school kid in the face. Getting off on the wrong foot?
The New York Knicks are making it easier for Carmelo Anthony to walk away in free agency with every lackluster effort and loss down the stretch, as Michael Scotto outlined in his most recent column.
After a 23-point loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, Scotto joined Chicago's 670 The Score and host Joe Ostrowski to discuss Anthony's free agency decision, potential destinations, the sorry state of the Knicks and the landscape of the Eastern Conference.
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