1. Melo Talks
Carmelo Anthony discussed the process of his recent free agency with ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Aside from his short essay announcing his return to the Knicks, it was the first time that fans have heard from him since his decision, or even before. Some highlights included:
On exploring free agency…
“I was flip-flopping,[...] It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That’s a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years.”
On why he decided to return..
“I want to win. I don’t care about the money, I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that.
“I don’t think we’re that far away,”[...]“People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.”
On LeBron James’s decision to return to Cleveland:
“It balances everything out. There’s balance from one to eight right now. The East is balanced.”
Perhaps part of the reason Melo’s decision came down to New York or Chicago was Derrick Rose, who told Pro Basketball Talk that he wanted Anthony to come to Chicago, and the “game would be easy”.
2. Jose Calderon
Perhaps people are tired of Carmelo subject matter, because a few opinions surfaced this week on the Knicks’ new point guard.
Buckets Over Broadway called him an X factor of the upcoming Knicks season.
Posting and Toasting wondered how much of an upgrade he’ll be over Raymond Felton, breaking him down on both ends of the floor.
The prevailing sentiment is that Calderon is an upgrade on offense, especially so in the shooting department. Whereas Raymond Felton’s strength came in the pick and roll, Calderon’s game projects to fit nicely into the new triangle system. He also figures to be a better leader and “chemistry guy” than Felton was. Calderon’s defense historically has been his weakness. He actually had a worse defensive rating than Felton this past season. And yet, given how bad Felton was on defense, it’s probably more accurate to say that the Knicks stayed bad on the defensive end at point guard, rather than saying it was any sort of “downgrade” .
3. A Shot at Love
Earlier this week, a report came through from the Wall Street Journal’s Chris Herring that the Knicks made an offer to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love, and were willing to trade Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, and Tim Hardaway Jr. Love has long been thought to be on the Knicks’ wish list for 2015 free agency, but there is serious doubt that he will even be available when that time comes.
According to Herring, the Knicks knew it would be a longshot but Love has in the past expressed some interest/desire to play in New York, and he is too good of a player to not at least put some sort of offer out for.
4. Busy Summer for THJ
Tim Hardaway Jr. played in the Vegas Summer League on the surprisingly successful Knicks outfit, and has remained in Sin City to play on the U.S. Select Team. The Select Team basically functions as a practice team for the U.S. National Team, which is preparing for the FIBA World Championship coming up in Spain. On top of that, he’s been chronicling his experience to the NY Post.
He’s said that he’s soaking in defensive concepts and information from defensive whiz Tom Thibodeau, and is watching the way national team superstars Kevin Durant and James Harden carry themselves and how they practice, looking to take a page out of their book.
Read his entire thoughts here.
5. Money, Power, Respect
Multiple Knicks personalities made it onto the Daily News’ list of 50 most powerful sports figures in New York:
- Melo met Real Madrid players:
- And sedated Lions:
Meanwhile, in J.R. Smith’s universe, he’s schooling 4th graders: