Mike D'Antoni was careful not to say much about Carmelo Anthony, but he did say he was surprised that Anthony couldn't thrive in D'Antoni's system with the Knicks.
"Yeah, it's shocking,'' he said.
The Lakers' coach then stopped himself when he was asked what he sees of Anthony now. "I think he's also maybe . . . we're good,'' D'Antoni said. "I'm going to keep my mouth shut. You gave me an opportunity to keep my mouth shut, I'm going to take it.''
The two had philosophical differences about the Knicks' offense. It ultimately led to D'Antoni losing his job in 2012.
Speculation is the Lakers are a team Anthony could sign with this summer because of his relationship with Kobe Bryant. (On the other hand, Anthony's relationship with D'Antoni could be a deterrent.) But when Anthony's future came up, D'Antoni once again chose to say little. "I'm good,'' he said. "I just want to go in and drink my water and watch some basketball. So I'm good.''
D'Antoni said he saw clips of Anthony's 62-point night against Charlotte, which set club and Garden records. "If he was playing the whole game, he might have had about 80,'' he said. "Obviously, scoring talent is not lacking.''
Anthony's 97 points in the last two games tied him with Bernard King for the third-highest two-game point total in club history. King owns the two highest totals: 103 in 1984-85 and 100 in 1983-84.
Metta World Peace was unavailable against his former team because of an illness, the Knicks said. He missed the previous 14 games after platelet-rich-plasma therapy on his left knee.
The Knicks also were without Amar'e Stoudemire (ankle), Kenyon Martin (ankle) and Andrea Bargnani (elbow).
Tactic was the greatestMike Woodson said he played the Muhammad Ali tape before Anthony's historic night against Charlotte in an attempt to motivate his team.
"The thinking was we're on a skid, a five-game losing streak,'' Woodson said. "We're trying to lift the players' morale a little bit. It worked.''