Tag:Carmelo Anthony
Posted on: December 20, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Report: Paul Pierce to miss Christmas opener?

Posted by Ben Golliverpaul-pierce-bos

Paul Pierce may not make it home in time for Christmas.

ESPNBoston.com reports that the Boston Celtics All-Star forward might be forced out of the team's Dec. 25 season opener against the New York Knicks because of a bruised heel.
Asked if he was concerned about Pierce's health, Rivers said not in the long-term, but very much so for the start of the season when the Celtics play three games in four days.

"We have [three] games right off the bat and he's really gone only one practice and that's basically it," said Rivers. "So, yeah, I'm concerned about it. It's just a heel bruise and he went real hard [Monday] and it got real sore. We just want him to rest. The problem with that is, it'll be a lot of rest, and then he may be ready, but with no play, there's that."

Rivers said he'd like to get Pierce on the floor on Friday and hopes he'll be able to go in time for Sunday's season-opener in New York. They simply don't want to rush him after the setback on Monday.

Pierce, 34, has been fairly durable in recent years, missing a combined 16 regular season games over the last four seasons. 

His absence will be felt mightly by the Celtics, who are still reeling after forward Jeff Green was advised to undergo season-ending heart surgery and free agent target David West opted to sign with the Indiana Pacers instead. If Pierce can't go, Rivers will turn to wing Marquis Daniels, who suffered a scary season-ending spinal injury last year, to match-up against Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. Good luck with that.
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:46 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Carmelo injures knee in practice, is day to day

Posted by Royce Young

Carmelo Anthony suffered a hyperextended knee during practice Monday, via multiple outlets. Anthony said of the injury, "I'm good."

Hyperextended knees sound bad, but Anthony is just listed as day to day and should be ready to go for New York's opener on Christmas against the Celtics.

But it is a knee and knees are not to be trifled with. Melo will likely take it easy the next couple of days and play limited minutes in the Knicks upcoming preseason games against the Nets.

Remember though: This is an abbreviated schedule with a large number of games compressed into a smaller amount of time. More stress and strain gets put on players in those cases and if that knee is aching or there's anything lingering, you can be sure the Knicks will take it easy.
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Tyson Chandler says he will sign with Knicks

By Matt Moore  

The Knicks have their man, and it's not CP3. Even after talks broke down in a deal that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers, leaving open the possibility of the point guard joining the team he toasted in 2010, the Knicks have agreed to a deal with center Tyson Chandler. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported Thursday that the Knicks had moved to the front of the line for the 29-year-old veteran who was a key component in the Dallas Mavericks' championship run. 

Chandler joined a Dallas radio station Friday to announce he would sign with New York and thank fans and the Mavericks organization. Dallas is clearly pushing to clear cap space in advance of 2012's free agency class, which seems to be narrowing every second, with both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard heavily involved in trade rumors that would put them on teams they would then re-sign with in July. 

The New York Times reports his asking price was a four-year, $58 million deal, which puts him at an average of $14.5 million per year. Compared to the ridiculous amount the New Jersey Nets are reportedly offering Nene, that makes Chandler a steal. It's a big win for the Knicks, who need a better interior defender and legitimate center. There are injury concerns with Chandler along with his age, but in a league that's short on big men, and for a team so despereately in need of defense and rebounding, this was a spectacular fit. 

Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony now make up arguably the best three-man frontcourt in the league. With Melo's perimeter range, Stoudemire's post and elbow offense, and Chandler's ability to clean up the offensive glass, the Knicks will be in a prime position to contend for the Eastern Conference Finals at the very least. To get this deal done, however, Chauncey Billups will be amnestied, something Billups is dead set against, and the Knicks will have to find some way to bring in a competent starting point guard. Toney Douglas hasn shown flashes but not enough overall, and rookie Iman Shumpert is an unknown at this point, playing under Mike D'Antoni who's not the rookie-friendliest coach in the league.

But Chandler does address immediate concerns, and helps out Stoudemire immensely. Stoudemire is a poor help defender, and Chander is excellent at that. Stoudemire lacks the length and size to play center, Chandler is a pure five. Stoudemire struggles with double-teams in traffic, Chandler can finish off dum-offs. And Stoudemire is an attrocious rebounder and Chandler is of high caliber. 

The Knicks have a big man, a true 5. They may not get Chris Paul, but they're going to be a better team in 2011-2012. 

Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Knicks in the lead for Tyson Chandler

By Matt Moore  and Ben Gollivertyson-chandler

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports a stunner. Berger reports that the New York Knicks have emerged as the leader for Tyson Chandler, ahead of the Warriors, who reportedly offered Chandler a four-year, $60 million deal Thursday. Berger reports that the Golden State offer isn't as "robust" as the report from California indicated.

In order to make room for Chandler, Berger says the Knicks would use the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups, or trade him, then move Ronny Turiaff. 

In the wake of Berger's report, ESPN.com reports that there is a "98 percent" chance Chandler winds up with the Knicks and that the Warriors will turn their attention to Los Angeles Lakers restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan. Yahoo Sports reports the Knicks are close to a 4-year deal with Chandler worth $58 million.

How this move would affect the Knicks' pursuit of Chris Paul is not known at this time. It would give the Knicks their best interior defender and a game-changer at the rim. The Knicks would be in a dire position for point guard to run D'Antoni's offense. Along with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks would feature an even better frontcourt, one of the best in the league. With the Knicks' biggest issue being defense, Chandler would revamp their team. 

Should the Knicks not wind up with Paul (if, say, he goes to the Lakers as a Houston-New Orleans-Los Angeles deal is being volleyed), they'd still have an excellent core. Stoudemire's primary weaknesses are at-rim defense and rebounding, and yet he's been forced to play center for the past six seasons of his career. Chandler provides everything the Knicks need to quell questions about their defense and toughness. The point guard duties would then fall to Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert, a rookie who has captured the hearts and minds of Knicks fans like... every player the Knicks have drafted for forty years.

Stoudemire is nearly untradeable should the Knicks still be pursuing Paul, as the insurability of his knees following surgery six years ago leaves questions about his long-term health. Ironically, Stoudemire would benefit most from the addition of Paul and Chandler, with Chandler covering his deficiencies down low and Paul working with Stoudemire in the pick and roll which made him an MVP candidate in Phoenix next to Nash. But the Knicks would almost certainly not trade Carmelo Anthony due to both his name brand value and the work that was put in to acquire him initially.

The Knicks' plan isn't clear at this point, it may never be clear. But even with limited cap space, they remain a major player in this short NBA "offseason," even before signings can happen.

The question is now whether this is the end game for the Knicks, or whether it is a secondary move in pursuit of Paul, should they manage to land Chandler.

Posted on: December 6, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Carmelo is not returning to Denver this year

Posted by Royce Young

There are going to be a number of scheduling casualties because of the shortened 66-game schedule. Not every team will visit every city, so some places will miss out on big nights where Kobe or LeBron or Durant come to town.

Just the breaks when you cut 20 percent off.

One major schedule bummer: Carmelo Anthony won't be making a return to Denver this season.

The Knicks won't be traveling to the Rockies this season to take on whatever incarnation of a team the Nuggets have.

Obviously Melo's return to the Pepsi Center wasn't going to have near the vitriol or anger that LeBron's return to Cleveland had, but still, it was going to be a marquee night in the NBA. Any time a star that carried a franchise leaves and returns, it makes for good storylines.

Melo's departure wasn't all that ugly, but he did essentially force a trade out of Denver, leaving that team slightly a mess. To the credit of the Nuggets though, they recovered very well and made a playoff run, falling to Oklahoma City in the opening round of the postseason. But the effects of the deal are being felt this season as the Nuggets only have a handful of players under contract currently and are likely losing their best player in Nene.

So if it's to be a frustrating season in Denver, the shame is that the man that sort of has caused it isn't even coming back to be yelled at.
Posted on: December 3, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Dwyane Wade's new Jordan Brand 'flight' ad video

Posted by Ben Golliver



With the 2011-2012 NBA season finally back on "play", Nike and Jordan Brand can put away the "Basketball Never Stops" and "Love The Game" ad campaigns and get back to selling their athletes. 

Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade is one of Jordans' three signature athletes -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and New Orleans Hornets (for now) guard Chris Paul are the others -- and the sneaker brand unveiled its latest commercial for him earlier this week.

Jordan's theme this year is "Flight", whether that's flying by someone off the dribble, flying through someone on the way to the basket or flying over someone to finish at the rim. Wade's commercial is a straightforward and unspectacular take on the "flight" theme. The spot opens with Wade's defender stepping in to intercept a pass on the perimeter and looking to take it to the house for a dunk on the other end. Wade's instincts kick in and he prepares to leap through the air as the basketball court transforms visually into what looks like a massive skateboarding halfpipe. Wade uses some Matrix-like moves to scale a lift-off platform before the scene returns to the court, where he has now timed his leap perfectly to execute a chasedown block. The crowd reacts, Wade smiles at the baseline cameras and the tagline "This is flight" flashes across the scene. End scene.

Compared to Jordan's lockout efforts, this new ad is far less profound or evocative. Rather than making you rethink what you thought you knew about professional athletes and their dedication to the sport, this is all visceral: "Holy cow, he's way up there, doing extraordinarily athletic things." This isn't necessarily a bad approach. Many fans -- and consumers -- might feel strongly that the time for overthinking is over now that the NBA season is finally back.

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Posted on: November 18, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 9:10 pm
 

NBA stars to play Barack Obama fundraiser game

Posted by Ben Golliverbarack-obama

Do you support United States President Barack Obama, like professional basketball and have $5,000 sitting around? If so, I know just the event for you.

President Obama is hosting a Washington, D.C. exhibition game featuring some of the NBA's biggest stars on Dec. 12. The only catch? Tickets start in the triple digits, with proceeds from the game going to the Obama Victory Fund to support the President's 2012 re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The Obama Classic Basketball Game, announced on BarackObama.com, is expected to feature NBA and WNBA stars past and present.
Please join us in Washington, DC for a game featuring basketball's greatest super stars in support of the Obama Victory Fund.

Confirmed to play: Ray Allen - Carmelo Anthony - Chris Bosh - Vince Carter - Tyson Chandler - Jamal Crawford - Kevin Durant - Baron Davis - Patrick Ewing - Derek Fisher - Rudy Gay - Blake Griffin - Tyler Hansbrough - Dwight Howard - Juwan Howard - Antawn Jamison - Dahntay Jones - Brandon Knight - Kevin Love - Jamal Mashburn - Cheryl Miller - Reggie Miller - Alonzo Mourning - Dikembe Mutombo - Chris Paul - Quentin Richardson - Doc Rivers - Steve Smith - Jerry Stackhouse - Amare Stoudemire - Tina Thompson - John Wall - Russell Westbrook. More players to be added soon! 
Tickets for the game start at $100 and escalate to $5,000 for courtside seats. The venue is currently listed as "to be announced."

Obama, a huge basketball fan, has said in recent months that the ongoing NBA lockout has left him "heartbroken" and "concerned." Asked recently if he planned to intervene in the NBA's ongoing labor dispute, Obama said that he "wouldn't intercede" because he has "some bigger fish to fry."

I guess putting the still-unemployed players to work fundraising for a president re-election campaign technically counts as frying a bigger fish. The message here: ask not what the President can do for your job, NBA players, ask only what you can do for the President's job. 

But, seriously, if this is anything like the Carrier Classic -- a college basketball game played on an aircraft carrier that Obama and his wife attended on Veteran's Day -- then it will be all sorts of awesome.
Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:33 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 12:03 am
 

Bosh: Lockout is NBA's revenge for Big 3, Melo

Posted by Ben Golliverchris-bosh-250

During the ongoing NBA lockout there is plenty of blame to go around, but very few people who are willing to accept it.

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is used to being criticized, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that he is one of a very few major figures in professional basketball to admit that his actions played a key role in the current labor impasse.

Bosh, who left the Toronto Raptors to join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Miami during the summer of 2010, told the Sun-Sentinel that he believes the hard-line stances taken by owners during the current collective bargaining agreement negotiations are motivated in part by the Big 3 teaming up.
He said it would not be a stretch to believe the Heat's signing of himself, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the 2010 offseason contributed to the league's belief that the work rules had to change.

"I think so," he said.

But he said efforts to block such an approach are misguided.

"I mean, if you look at the free agents coming up in the same situations, with Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, they can control their own fate," he said. "They have the power to control that and I think that's a great thing. In any job you want freedom to negotiate.

"With us doing what we did, and Carmelo going to the Knicks, I think that has a lot to do with it. Hopefully we can keep that and guys can come and go and make the deal that's best for them and their family."
Is Bosh correct? Definitely.

If there's one mantra that has been preached by the NBA throughout the negotiations, it's competitive balance. What could be more of a competitive imbalance than three All-Stars agreeing to join together to form a superteam core and then actively recruiting role players to produce a perennial title contender in the NBA's most desireable market? Pretty much nothing.

Same thing goes for the New York Knicks. What could be worse for competitive balance than Amar'e Stoudemire heading to the Big Apple, followed in short order by Carmelo Anthony forcing his way there during a midseason trade, with buddy Chris Paul just biding his time, waiting for his opportunity to hop on?

What's more, such talent consolidation only exacerbates the inherent monetary benefits that go with being in large or desireable markets. If an entire generation of superstars wielded its power to determine where they played as successfully as James, Bosh and Anthony, there is little doubt the gap between the NBA's haves and the have-nots would increase.

Examining the NBA's most recent proposal, it's clear that the owners have taken a number of steps to help incumbent teams keep their stars and to create an environment in which those teams, stars in hand, will be able to build around them. Severe luxury tax penalties, a severe restriction on the mid-level exception for tax payers, shorter contract lengths and continued Bird Rights all combine to limit a player's options in free agency and tip the balance towards the home team. Players could still leave once they hit unrestricted free agency, of course, but they would take a bigger hit, relatively, than they did in the old agreement.

The upside, the league would argue, is that their incumbent teams would be better able to compete for talent to build around the stars because they wouldn't be tied up by as many burdensome, useless contracts and there wouldn't be high-end competition from luxury tax payers for free agents. Most everyone concedes that there aren't enough stars to go around to ensure total parity in the NBA, but the league's proposal would appear to take meaningful steps in that direction.

Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Obviously that depends on your point of view. For Bosh, or fans of his star-laden team, the NBA's proposal would represent a major step back. Disgruntled fans of the Raptors and Cavaliers, though, might have a different opinion. One thing is for sure: If everyone involved in the labor negotiations was as honest and willing to implicate themselves as Bosh was here, the negotiations would be in a far better place.
 
 
 
 
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