They don’t only vacation together, they vote for each other in the NBA All-Star balloting.
Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul cast twitter votes for their teammates but also for each other Monday for next month’s All-Star Game in Toronto.
“Friends, man,” Anthony said. “That’s what friends are for.”
Anthony said they didn’t talk about it or text each other to do it. He said they saw one do it and it just “trickled down” among the four who vacationed together during the summer.
James was the first, voting for Cleveland teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and then his close circle of friends. Then Wade and Paul followed and then Anthony. He also voted for Kristaps Porzingis, and added the hashtag “#Knickstothe6.”
“Of course,” Anthony said. “He should be up there. He should be getting some votes. I would love to be with him in Toronto. Just for him to have that experience – why not?”
Anthony believes Porzingis is a future All-Star.
“For sure,” Anthony said. “He’s going to be here for a long time. He’ll be there.”
Anthony was fourth among frontcourt players in the first returns. But this could help him jump over Detroit’s Andre Drummond into third. The top three start. Porzingis was eighth, but he’s a lock for the Rookie-Sophomore Game during All-Star Weekend.
Lou Amundson no longer has a ponytail. The veteran big man said he needed a “change” and buzzed his hair. He hasn’t had that hairstyle since his freshman year of college.
“I feel way more athletic, way faster, I can definitely jump higher,” Amundson joked. “It’ll be fun to see if people recognize me or not.”
Derek Fisher said, “I barely did recognize him.”
The Knicks played in Memphis one-year ago Tuesday and just before the game, they sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland in a three-team trade. They both were in the arena preparing for the game.
“That was a tough night,” Anthony said. “It just happened like that. It was a long couple of hours once we got to the arena. I’ll never forget that.”