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Carmelo: Chicago "a top three city". Wonder who is No. 1?

 Carmelo Anthony is in Chicago to play the Bulls tonight and after the morning shoot-around he took questions from the area media. My man KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune put up a Q and A version here.

Melo, who reportedly would accept a trade to the Bulls if the Knicks aren't an option, called Chicago "a top three city" but of thinking about playing elsehwere, he said "it wouldn't be right if I let my mind wander."

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Mike D'Antoni was annoyed with a report by the New York Post that attempted to stretch a comment (because that paper never does such things) he made before Sunday's game into criticism of David Lee. I refuse to link it here because they don't need the cheap web hit (isn't that all it's about these days in this business?), but the story basically said D'Antoni "appeared to take a dig" at Lee.

Here's what D'Antoni said, when asked about if the improved defensive effort this season -- the Knicks lead the NBA in blocked shots (8 per game) and are sixth in steals (9.1 per game) --  was a matter of having players play harder in that area:

"I don't think it's a matter of playing harder. I thought we played hard [last season]. It's just that, athletically, we've got seven-footers [now] that are very athletic. We used to have a 6-8 guy who wasn't athletic. It wasn't his fault, but that was the makeup of the team."

If you missed the so-called "dig", you're not alone. And you also have no chance of ever being a tabloid sports writer.

If you ask me, I figured D'Antoni was referring to Al Harrington, who is 6-8 and would immediately admit to you that he's not very athletic. David Lee is 6-9 and quite athletic. Was he a shot-blocker? No. And he'd also be the first to admit that.

How quickly we forget how much D'Antoni absolutely adored David Lee and wanted him back, if only it could have worked out financially.

But don't let that get in the way of a good story. 


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