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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??
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.
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.
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade entered the league as four of the top five selections in the 2003 NBA Draft.
Now, 11 years later, they all could join forces in South Beach.
With rumors swirling about a possible alliance in Miami, Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher will reportedly meet with Anthony this weekend to discuss the player option on his contract and how he can be a fit in the triangle offense with the Knicks going forward.
Can Jackson and Fisher sell Anthony on remaining in a New York state of mind?
Can James convince Anthony to take his talents to South Beach?
Mick Scotto of SheridanHoops.com joined Chicago’s 670 The Score and host Joe Ostrowski to discuss the chances of Anthony joining the Heat, his upcoming meeting with Jackson and Fisher, and more.
Tonight at 9PM Hip Hop artistst, Cormega, who just dropped an amazing album last week "Mega philosophy" will join Anthony to talk about that and the team he loves, the New York Knicks!
Anthony will also be taking your phone calls at 646-478-5554!
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
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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.
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