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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 as the 11th-seeded team in the Eastern Conference, tied in the win column with the overachieving Philadelphia 76ers and the underachieving Cleveland Cavaliers.
Across the East River, the Brooklyn Nets just won their fourth straight game, preventing the Golden State Warriors from becoming the first team in NBA history to go undefeated on a road trip of seven games or more.
So while the Nets are making positive headlines, the Knicks are suffering. They go into tonight's nationally televised game against the Miami Heat as the league laughingstock, and they don't gave the fallback of having a chance to win the draft lottery because they traded away their 2014 pick in the deal to acquire Anthony.
Is it time to declare the Anthony era a failure?
And if so, is it time to get what they can for 'Melo rather than risk losing him for nothing to a team such as the Lakers would will be able to offer him a max contract?
I discussed that scenario -- along with several other topics from around the NBA -- in this interview with Bob Kemp on SportsZone 1060 in Phoenix. Enjoy.
1A- Are the NY Mets turning things around??
1B- NY Yankees- Masahiro Tanaka is injured. How will this affect the rest of the Bronx Bombers season and will he pitch again this season??
2A- Chris Wiedman vs. Vitor Belfort?? Will this happen?? Is this a viable match??
2B- Canelo Alvarez beats Erislandy Lara. What's next for Alavarez??
3A- Paul Pierce signs with the Washington Wizards.
3B- The Los Angeles Lakers trade for Jeremy Lin's expiring contract.
3C- Pau Gasol signs with the Chicago Bulls.
3D- The Houston Roclets let Chanlder Parson's a restricted free agent go to the Dallas Mavericks who also lose Vince Carter as he signs with the Memphis Grizzlies.
3E- Miami Heat resign Chris Bosh to a max deal and also sign Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger with Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem also set to return. Does this offset losing Lebron?
3F- Lebron James returns to the Cleveland Cavs. How does this affect the NBA, Eastern Conference and the Cleveland??
3G- Carmelo Anthony returns to the NY Knicks?? Does his resinging and the moves Phil Jackson's made make the Blue and Orange a contender??
Frank and Tom are back on our latest episode of the Knicks @ Nite Show presented by Knicks Nation and #Knicksfollowtrain. We come at you live every tuesday night the Knicks dont play and we are back after a long couple weeks off the air.
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Me and my partner Damian talk about All Star weekend so far and All Star Saturday night predictions...Carmelo Anthony and why I completely disagree with him playing in the All Star game then shutting it down. Why that shows his clear lack of interest in winning and what his true motives are. Is it about winning big in New York or his brand? Talking Charles Barkley and Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey fued...whose side are you on?
Tonight, Pete @knickswag, Greg @gstrong011 and Sean @saquino34 drink some beers and discuss the Knicks 4-10 start with the one and only Anthony Donahue @anthonymsg!
Tonight the Knicks @ Nite show is back after a few weeks off to discuss this Knicks team, their struggles, recent 3-1 week and draft prospects. Joining the show tonight will be Knicks Beat writer Marc Berman of the New York Post and other great guests.
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Talking Carmelo Anthony, and why it's becoming more apparent that he doesn't care about winnning. Charles Barkley and why he is right to a point about analytics and why talent matters ...but needs to get more informed on the whole picture and accept the fact that it is here to stay. Also talking upcoming NFL free agency, and why Dallas Cowboy fans sadly may have to come to the realization that Demarco Murray probably will be wearing another team's uniform next season.
Join us for our interview with ESPN NY's and long-time Knicks fan and blogger Anthony Donahue. We talk NBA trade deadline, Knicks, Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony. Come along for the ride.
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.
RELATED: New York Knicks salary cap analysis
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.
TKB Radio is back tonight at 9PM with Syracuse legend, Gerry McNamara, joining the show to talk Knicks, Syracuse basketball, Carmelo Anthony and much more.
As always Anthony will be taking your phone calls at 646-478-5554 on the New York Knicks.
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