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Kareem on Melo and the Knicks

Former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the 86th

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar grew up in New York always wanting to play for the Knicks.

The NBA Hall of Famer and six-time MVP thinks the same could be said about current Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who has a player option for $23.5 million next season.

That’s a reason why Abdul-Jabbar believes Anthony will ultimately remain with the team.

“I think he might stay and certainly he’s worth...

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The Big O: Melo should go

Oscar Robertson, former Cincinnati player, talks to the

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The Big O thinks Carmelo Anthony should go ASAP.

Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson said during an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that if he were Anthony he would not re-sign with the Knicks. Robertson said Anthony is unfairly criticized for shooting too much and that he doesn’t get enough help from his teammates.

“I would leave today,” Robertson said on “Spike Lee’s Best Seat...

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Phil Jackson zings San Antonio

Phil Jackson arrives to talk to media at

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Phil Jackson is the Knicks’ president now, but he couldn’t help himself from taking a little shot at the San Antonio Spurs, one of his chief rivals when he coached the Lakers.

Jackson was talking about wanting Carmelo Anthony to take less money in free agency in order for the Knicks to have more flexibility. He cited Tim Duncan, who has done it in San Antonio to help keep the Spurs together...

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Carmelo Anthony will continue playing through shoulder issue - for now

Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks reacts to a

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Carmelo Anthony plans to continue playing through the discomfort in his right shoulder as long as the Knicks have a chance to make the playoffs.

That, of course, could end Friday night.

A loss to the Raptors and a Hawks’ win over the Nets, who are supposed to rest some main guys, would eliminate the Knicks from the playoffs.

“I’ll deal with that when that time comes,” Anthony said...

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All-Star break means more talk of Carmelo Anthony's future

Carmelo Anthony battles against Los Angeles Clippers guard

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The first part of the Knicks’ season featured more trade rumors and reports that Mike Woodson was close to being fired than actual wins.

Both should continue through the All-Star break and into next week.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 20 and the Knicks are 20-32 heading into the break. So expect rumors of Woodson being on his way out to persist and trade talks to heat up.

It’s...

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Carmelo Anthony voted All-Star starter

Carmelo Anthony after hitting a three point shot.

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Carmelo Anthony was voted to start in the NBA All-Star Game for the third straight time as a Knick.

Could it be his last?

Anthony has said he will opt out of his contract in July and become a free agent. The Knicks hope to re-sign Anthony and can offer him $34 million more than any other team. But the Knicks’ struggles this season could make Anthony look to join a team with a better...

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Mike Woodson gets defensive - again

Mike Woodson of the Knicks reacts during a

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Mike Woodson continues to play defense better than his players.

Woodson defended Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony, who have been openly critical about the team. Woodson defended his defensive scheme. And during his weekly spot with 98.7 FM ESPN Woodson said he’s not going to let the media tear the Knicks apart.

Actually the Knicks are doing a good job of that by themselves.

They...

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Mike Woodson indicates J.R. Smith will play tonight

J.R. Smith (8) reacts after scoring during the

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Mike Woodson said if J.R. Smith isn’t with the program he should get used to sitting at the end of the Knicks bench.

“Put it this way, he’s going to have to be with it if he’s going to want to be a part of it,” Woodson said after Thursday morning’s shootaround. “As a coach, it’s my job to make sure that that happens.

"He’ll be back in uniform tonight. We expect him to come in and...

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Carmelo Anthony on recent trade rumor with the Clippers: 'It's silly and stupid'

Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony sit on the

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DALLAS – Carmelo Anthony never said he didn’t want to play with Chris Paul. But he called the recent report that the Knicks and Clippers might consider an Anthony for Blake Griffin trade “silly and stupid.”

Clippers coach Doc Rivers also used the word “stupid” a few times in reaction the report, which said the two sides haven’t had any discussions.

Still, Anthony and Paul are good friends...

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Knicks starting big lineup again Monday

Knicks' Andrea Bargnani shoots a free throw against

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ORLANDO – The Knicks have come up small when they’ve gone big this year, but that isn’t stopping Mike Woodson from starting the frontcourt of Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler.

They are 0-4 this season with that starting frontline. Yet Woodson said this morning that he would start that lineup Monday against the Magic.

The Knicks used it Saturday against the Grizzlies,...

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