Carmelo Anthony now a New York Knick in his former...

Carmelo Anthony now a New York Knick in his former job with the Denver Nuggets. (Nov. 16, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

LOS ANGELES - Despite speculation that she prefers a move back to her hometown of New York, La La Vazquez - the TV personality and celebrity wife of Carmelo Anthony - told The Associated Press on Thursday that she is not the influence behind her husband's indecision about staying in Denver.

Anthony has left a three-year, $65-million contract extension on the table and has suggested he plans to test free agency in July. The Knicks, believed to be his top choice, have the ability to clear enough salary-cap space to make an offer.

"Wherever he's going to feel comfortable is where I want him to be,'' Vazquez said. "If that's here in Denver, then we are happy to stay here in Denver.''

Vazquez and Anthony, both of whom were born in Brooklyn, were married in Manhattan in July. A reality show based on her wedding preparation, "La La's Full Court Wedding,'' currently is on VH-1. Anthony makes occasional cameos throughout the show.

When the Knicks played the Nuggets in Denver Tuesday night, Anthony said family will play a big part in his decision.


Fields back home

Knicks rookie Landry Fields grew up with Staples Center, starting as a fan.

"I've been here for a ton of games here,'' the native of Long Beach, Calif., said before he made his NBA hometown debut. "Not just Lakers, but Clippers, too.''

Wait. Clippers?

"I really came to Clipper games,'' he said.

It wasn't his first time on the Staples Center court, though. During his career at Stanford, Fields played here in the Pac-10 Tournament. And it might mean a little more come Jan. 9, when the Knicks return to play the Lakers, but last night against the Clippers was special.


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