Kobe wouldn’t mind playing with Melo; Melo says he ‘loves the snow’

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

NBA players aren’t allowed to tamper, but Kobe Bryant walked a fine line Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden when asked about Carmelo Anthony’s future.

“Well, I mean everybody wants to play in Los Angeles,” said Bryant, whose 61-point Garden outing was eclipsed by Anthony’s 62-point performance Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats. “New York’s a beautiful place, don’t get me wrong but it’s colder than s*** out here.

“It’s palm trees and beaches [in L.A.] obviously are a bit little more appealing,” Bryant said. “If he wants to come for advice later as a friend I’ll be more than happy to give it to him.”

Bryant and Anthony are friends and former Olympic teammates, and there has been widespread speculation that Anthony could opt to join Bryant with the Lakers after he opts out with the Knicks this summer.

Still, a recent Yahoo! Sports column suggested that Chicago could be a more likely landing spot for Anthony this summer than L.A.

Bryant and Anthony chatted it up at halftime, but Anthony wouldn’t give up exactly what they discussed.

“I can’t give y’all everything we talk about, man,” Anthony said. “A lot of times it’s just us quote-unquote shooting the s*** and having fun and just laughing and joking. It’s not always business that we’re talking about, or seriousness, it’s just having fun, laughing and just catching up.”

Asked about the palm trees comment, Anthony said, “I love the snow. I played in Syracuse with it. You get 25 inches, so…”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.





71 comments
Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

Classy move by Coach Trotz not only giving props to the Islanders, but, also to us, the fans, for making a great playoff atmosphere. Wish he were our coach

TheDuke189
TheDuke189

The way I see it.....The Islanders were up for game 6 there was no way they were going to be eliminated at the Barn. So now comes game 7, the Islanders are facing their second elimination game and the Caps their first. Barry Trotz who has been here before had his team prepared and they showed they were ready from the drop of the first puck. Jack Capuano on the other hand did not have his team ready to play. His coaching staff had no answers for the onslaught of the Capital offense and his offense could only muster 11 shots the entire game. Five of those shots were taken by Boychuk. This was a miserable performance by both the players and the coaching staff. I know that there were injuries on the Islanders side but the coaches job is to use your depth players to fill those voids. It was a good series but the Islanders doomed themselves when they lost home ice advantage in the final game of the season. That prefaced this series.......and the Isles never adjusted.

mets72
mets72

Why would they fire snow, he built what is now a playoff team that needs a few tweakes. Sure up the defense (Keep mayfield and Donovan who played very well), add some toughness and some help up front and they will be fine. I do think it is time to move on from Capuano. I think he has taken them as far as he can. Personally I would like to see Dan Bylsma hired as HC

bobb
bobb

Wang should have a press conference today to announce the firing of the entire coaching staff and the GM. He should also announce that the new owners will be in charge of the direction the team will head. As long as the current staff, GM and owner still make decisions, Brooklyn will be more of the same. Twenty-two years and counting since the last playoff series win! Ten years into a rebuild with essentially a 7th place finish and another 1st round exit. Changing buildings by itself won't change the results. This is just totally an unacceptable ! Start today with the firing of Cappy, Weight and Cronin.

dgputney
dgputney

being an original season ticket holder --- the end is at hand

Wang`s legacy is over as it should be

Fat Jack though he has a great smile is not an NHL coach

and that was the Islander downfall

how can i team come out flat in a game 7

no more excuses Fat Jack

I wish the New FANS of Brooklyn the best of luck with our team

Prediction --  that so many Long Island faithfuls will not follow this team any longer

including Howie Rose (who wants to commute to Brooklyn)

this is now a start up franchise, the history is deleted

At the end of last nights MSG telecast Dennis Potvin said goodbye to the Isles

and so it is 

Time to change the teams name  - maybe to the MUDHENS


isle5
isle5

I agree completely. 2 to 1 this person roots for a Jersey football team

Adam Guttman
Adam Guttman

Really. This comment is so wrong on every level. Real fans stay. This is still a NY team. Are you saying that now you a rags fan since penn easier. What a joke and a heat of the moment comment. Actually quite disgusting and your fan-ness is no longer needed. Support the move or LATER to u. good riddance !!! See u all in Brooklyn. And yes I live on Long Island and support this team even if in Antarctica.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

In a way I'm sad becs it's the last at Nassau coliseum, but the future is bright...really looking up.

We are young, talented, and only need 2 more peices to round out the team.

Scott mayfield is a main stay. He's played 2 seasons in Bridgeport. Ryan Pudlock should make the team next year.

Griffin R and Calvin Dehaan should be used as trade bait.

2 things are for sure. We need to acquire another veteran defenseman in offseason not older then 32, and

A forward to play on John Tavares top line, stop from the rotating lines.

Remember Michael Dell Colle is still 2 yrs away.

Future is bright just not in Nassau.

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

Cappy's game plan is no plan at all. He never makes any in game adjustments. He's flying by the seat of his pants. The only positive is the players love him. But, coming off of a 101 point season, he's unlikely to be going anywhere

Mark Terrin
Mark Terrin

On December 7,The Islanders had what an 12 point lead on the Rangers and what they ended up 12 points behind the Rangers at seasons end.The Rangers played how many games without Lundqvist,Down the Stretch how many Tight Homes against the Rangers,The Wild,The Canadiens.The Kings,The Ottawa Senators were lost..How about blowing a 2 goal lead against the Blue Jackets in the last home game which would have given them home ice advantage.They have not won a playoff series since !993.If Halak does not stand on his head,they lose 5-1.New Coaching namely Dan Bylsma or John Stevens is sorely needed .Frans Nielsen's play went down a notch.Brian Strait has zero offensive ability.But after having spoken to so many security guards and ushers ,i really beleive that they will return in 2 years after the renovation is done.

jrjr
jrjr

@Mark Terrin thats experience for you, the rangers know what it takes to get it done and when to pour it on. love the year the islanders had, the went down fighting and thats all i can ask for. such a young team, great experience for them.

jdt5707
jdt5707

Fix the Knicks comments this is honestly pathetic. Lighthouse hockey is a much better run blog

Mike T.
Mike T.

Although the final score was 2-1, this game was not that close, and we never had the lead.  Putting aside all the injuries, crazy lineups, and questionable Capuano decisions, what this series really came down two was two things, the Isles powerplay failures, and home ice.  The powerplay will take a lot to fix, and probably a coaching change.  However, home ice was there for the taking, and the Isles flushed it with the losses to Philly and ultimately Columbus during the final week of the season.  Game 4 was clearly the series turner.  With that loss, the Isles gave home ice back, and both teams held serve the rest of the way.  Unfortunately, in spite of all this team achieved this season, in the end, overall, it feels very disappointing given the way in which it concluded, and how it could have been different if only the team had played better down the stretch.

elephant
elephant

@Mike T. They played way too cautious.  They needed to come out like they did in game 6, like they had nothing to lose and wanted to crush some skulls.  Unfortunately, the pressure got to them.  IMO...

justin m
justin m

only good thing to come our of the loss tonight, I get to shave my playoff beard.

Matt
Matt

Stfu with all this garbage knick talk...fix your blog this is islander hockey talk...with that being said this team although played hard failed ....not making it past first round again the season was a failure....fire everyone need new blood in here...new coach staff that can teach this team how to play with leads and how to score on a power play...the ultimate demise of this series in my opinion. Tired of the apologists he had no talent screw that...a really coach finds that tallest and positions it correctly ....mad at this loss which by the way looks like they didn't even show up ...shots on goal was a joke

willymayshays
willymayshays

 Proud of the way this team played during this series.  Losing Hamonic really hurt.  Too bad we didn't have home ice advantage, not proud of the way the islanders finished the regular season.


A lot of good young players, with some new valuable experience under their belts.  Improved a lot this yr, with some small improvements this offseason we should be even better.

Kenneth Combs
Kenneth Combs

How about Chandler to Toronto for Lowry and derozen and then smith and shump for asik(sp) houstons backup center. It gives houston two players that fit their system and would actually play and gives Toronto a defensive minded vet to help bring along the young players or someone they could trade for youth/ picks before next season. And knicks get much better at pg and sg while not losing much if anything at center.

Kenneth Combs
Kenneth Combs

It would be an upgrade on defense at pg to help make up for the defensive loss of shump, but Id agree with needing a good defensive wing to pair with Melo.

Kenneth Combs
Kenneth Combs

I thought it would be pretty fair trade but Id throw in the 2018 1st rounder if necessary because I think that knicks team would be contenders now.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Kenneth Combs 


I proposed a three team trade a few days ago that involved Memphis, Knicks, and Pelicans. Sorry for those that already read it:


Memphis gets either Tyreke Evans or Eric Gordon (NO would like to get rid of one of them and get a legit Center to pair with Anthony Davis).


Pelicans get Tyson and maybe Beno (or Memphis can get Beno or MWP).


Knicks get Conley and take on Prince's contract (which expires in 2015).


Memphis gets a point guard in Evans or a scoring guard in Eric Gordon.


NO gets the center they want.


Knicks get a PG and helps Memphis save some money. 

Somebody
Somebody

@Biggie @Heartcore If he responds to this then I will be surprised... It's all good as far as I am concered. I just wanted him to admit it and we can move on but he kept denying it. Hey sandro sorry to hear about your account. THat is bush league. We can disagree all we waNT BUT THAT IS TOO FAR.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Kenneth Combs 


I like Lowry but I'm kind of hesitant to go after a guy who is having a good year in a contract year. I think a lot of people want Lowry because he's supposedly available and the Knicks were rumored to be interested. While he's better than Felton, how much better does he make this team? I'm not sure. I think if the Knicks are going to give a lot to get someone like Lowry, they need to make sure they can't get anyone better. 


I like Conley better...I would look into him before Lowry. 

Kenneth Combs
Kenneth Combs

I like Conley also but not sure what we have that memphis would give him up for, but it is pretty obvious when feltin plays good knicks usually win so all we need is someone who can be felton on his good days everyday and that is any average or better point guard.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

I just don't see Melo leaving unless a trade is made with The Clippers so he can team up with CP3. I know Melo and Kobe are tight but Melo is not stupid.  Kobe is not the player he used to be and if both of them are making max money there is no way to build a contender around those 2.  If it was Kobe from 5 or 6 years ago no brainer.  But in 2014 when he's all ready 36 years old and recovering from major injuries?  NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.


Chicago is intriguing.  Thibs is a fantastic coach and if you surround Melo with defensive players that could be similar to AI in Philly.  But you still need some shooters so when Melo is double teamed he has someone who can hit the open jumper.  But even if they amnesty Boozer they would not have enough to give him max or near max and Derrick Rose missed all of last season and only played like 5 or 6 games this year.  Plus, Derrick Rose is not a pass first PG who sets up other people.  He's a ball dominant PG who may have all ready seen his best days because of the injuries.


So to me going to the Clippers in a Melo for Blake swap seems like the only likely scenario.  Otherwise Melo would have to opt into going to either a smaller market team or do something like ring chase in Miami.  Which I guess would be possible but I feel like Melo's rep would take a huge hit.


I think Melo will stay with us.  I think he realizes that we can build a contender starting next year with our cap space.  Woodson will be gone and we'll get a better coach.  As bad as it is right now, if we can keep Melo and our young guys (Shump, Murry, Hardaway and Tyler) and then make some smart FA signings when Chandler, Amare and Bargs come off the books…find a way to trade Felton…trade JR or get his head straight…we could be a dominant team after next season.  I'd love to see Tyler get developed as a legit big man…either really backing up Chandler so Chandler only plays 25 minutes a game tops or eventually take over the starting spot.  He has shown promise.  Get me Jeff Van Gundy, resign Melo (hopefully for a bit of a hometown discount) develop the young players and make some smart FA signings (preferably a good PG) and we're in business.  I'd almost rather we develop a deep team than try to hit a home run with Kevin Love.  You can win with one super star and a deep squad.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@PimpDaddy @Blaze NYK I agree about Kevin Love.  I meant more of a home run from a PR/Marketing perspective which is what I'm most worried about.  

edb7777
edb7777

@Blaze NYK @PimpDaddy I think Kevin Love would be a great complement to Melo.  He spaces the floor and rebounds.  He has the same problem as Melo with never playing with anyone else great.  Rubio misses too much time and it gets him really out of sync when he is in.  I wouldn't get too worked up about the win totals as they are in a pretty stacked division.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Heartcore @SuperDuper @Blaze NYK Boozer would have to be amnestied and they'd have to trade Taj Gibson for an expiring. It can be done but as of now, they are in no position to sign Melo outright.

edb7777
edb7777

@Heartcore @edb7777 @Blaze NYK That's what the kmarts, Aldrich's and Tylers of the world are for.  I think it could work.  If you take some of the rebounding pressure of melo it might also help his defense.  I mean if Bargnani rebounded this team would not have looked anywhere near as bad.  

Somebody
Somebody

D’Antoni pegged Hardaway’s “freaking 3-pointers” as the difference in the Lakers game. Hardaway went 4-of-5 from behind the arc and finished with 18 points. The Michigan product wasn’t touted as a terrific 3-point shooter coming out of school — more a scorer, the scouts said — but he has become one. He’s clicking at 40.5 percent from downtown, and has been a lot more dangerous than Iman Shumpert from long range.

Simone Camouche
Simone Camouche

@ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK Frankly I still can't see how Shumpert gets as much playing time as he does. He simply does not produce enough to justify him starting, much less getting the minutes he does. 

edb7777
edb7777

@SuperDuper @ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK I think Woodson worries about when he has to go to the bench and rely on just JR.  Having THJ on the bench gives him a better scoring option than shump off the bench.  

Simone Camouche
Simone Camouche

I heard a viscous rumor that Dolan is trying to figure out a way to bring back Isiah Thomas.... If that's true, then there's no doubt in my mind that Melo will leave. 

StraightShot
StraightShot

@Simone Camouche 

The situation seems very fluid indeed...we can only wait and see how things will flow...

Kevin_Canrant
Kevin_Canrant

***TALK ABOUT THE DEATH OF A BLOG! 

YEA...lets discuss (2) me first superstars trying to win a ring...sharing (1) basketball...for a coach that knows (0) about defense!

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Toronto never considered that! It was 2 of 3 Shump,THJR, and 2018 pick!

edb7777
edb7777

@Seth NadlerI think its a bit late to be trading a 1st round pick for a shot at home court advantage.  It seems like a big gamble to me.  I also think keeping Metta might give them a better chance at stealing a playoff series. 

lindro88
lindro88

Forget the 3 seed. We just need to avoid the 7 or 8 seed. Lowry is having an all star season. If the Knicks really plan on keeping Melo, trading a 2018 1st rd pick for a guy playing as well as any pg in the a East, is a no brainer.

lindro88
lindro88

Are you really that attached to a 2018 draft pick? You know this team is not going to go for a total rebuild.

donche
donche

@Heartcore @Seth Nadler I agree,Toronto is running the risk of having their player leaving for nothing..why would we abide and hurt ourselves in the process.


You do it for Melo..(not really) but not for Kyle Lowry(his numbers this year is Felton's average career numbers)

saintknick
saintknick

@lindro88 Contract year. Are the knicks winning it this season even with lowry? Even if everything goes right, it takes at least a season to jell with a new PG. And you would be taking a major gamble paying Lowry the money he can get on the open market. If he does extend, then this is the team - its built for a while (unless Melo leaves). 


Its probably just a rental, in which case you are trading away future value for current hype - like I said, not enough time left to get a team to gel enough to beat the top 4 teams in the NBA in a 7 game series. 

saintknick
saintknick

@Heartcore @Seth Nadler They'd rather he just leave as a free agent. It's all about whether you want to build a future team around Melo & Lowry. You'll be paying him a lot to lock him in long-term. And I really like Lowry, but he's in a contract year and probably at the peak of his game. I'm tired of being the team that brings in guys like Lowry instead of putting together a plan and getting guys who fit that plan.




Kenneth Combs
Kenneth Combs

I think smith and shumpert or smith beno and 2018I pick and have felton as backup point and gives hadaway more playing time.

saintknick
saintknick

@Heartcore @saintknick @Seth Nadler 


Who knows what could happen. Last season you had guys like Lowry (but younger) sign for 9 mil or around there (teague, collison, jennings).


This free agency, as far as unrestricted, you have bledsoe, lowry, Isaiah Thomas, and then guys like chalmers etc. Lowry is probably looking at around 9 mil.


Could the knicks promise him 9 mil? Felton stays a backup, beno goes to toronto. IF you could find a home for JR Smith, that would give the knicks a chance at having....


PG: Lowry / felton

SG: Shump / ThJR / Murray

SF: Melo /

PF: no one / Tyler

C: no one 


And only $40 of cap spent. That should leave about 20 mil to pay for whoever you want in 2015 - PLUS you'll have your first rounder in 2015 to, hopefully, fill out a bit. Ignore the PG (rondo, dragic) FA from that year. Focusing on C/PF...


Aldrich

K. Love

M. Gasol

Asik

Hibbert

Jefferson

Jordan


So you could legitimately walk into 2015 with a team of Lowry, Shump, Melo, Jeremy Tyler/Rookie, Marc Gasol. 


If you don't trade for Lowry, then the difference is the team has almost 30 mil to spend in 2015...


In that scenario, you would have to land two WELL PRICED big deal FA's instead of just one, and one of them needs to be a PG unless you drafted a stud in 2015. 


The PG options are Bledsoe, Dragic, Rondo, then maybe a few lesser value guys. If you are paying Gasol 18 mil, and Melo 25, will one of those 3 guys take 8-9 mil like Lowry would?


CONCLUSION - if the goal is to sign a FA in 2015, trading for lowry, giving up anything but whatever core you want to end next season, puts you in a better position. But if Lowry is going to go back to being good but not one of the best, you could make the team so much less attractive in 2015.


This is the first season where Lowry is an obvious upgrade to felton - and its in lowry's contract year, and based on a big uptick in 3pt shooting. That would worry me, as far as committing my future. 






Kenneth Combs
Kenneth Combs

I think you send Smith and Shumpert or Smith and 2018 first rounder throw in beno if needed to make money match for Lowry. Then have Felton as backup point and give Hardaway more minutes.