LeBron James, Dwight Howard discuss Carmelo Anthony’s impending free agency

Sam Spiegelman

What happens this summer remains up in the air, but Carmelo Anthony stated during the NBA All-Star Break he’s willing to take a pay cut in order for the Knicks to make the necessary moves to compete for a title.

That selflessness and Anthony’s impending free agency is a hot topic among other NBA stars, including Dwight Howard, who was last year’s prized free agent, and LeBron James, with whom Anthony will face off against Thursday night in Miami.

James, who took a pay cut to be a part of the “Big Three” with the Heat four years ago, said he believes Anthony is set on winning.

“What I got out of it is he wants to win,’’ James told The Post at Wednesday’s practice. “Everyone says they want to win, but that’s what it’s about.’’

Howard fled Los Angeles to join up with James Harden and Co. with the Houston Rockets last summer after repeatedly asking out of Orlando.

Though Howard may not be the best role model on how to handle free agency, he did offer up some advice to Anthony: use your head.

“I can’t say (what he’ll do). That’s on him. He’s got to decide. (But) he can’t be what everybody else wants. In this situation, you’ve got to take your heart out of it…So I’d just say for him, take his heart out of it and think with his head and think about business….

“If you don’t win, you’re not going to get all the (off-court endorsement) stuff you want anyway,” Howard told USA Today. “I saw that last year (in Los Angeles). I was in the biggest market for the NBA, and we lost, so those (companies) aren’t going to be coming to you for losing.

“When I was in Orlando, a small market, and we were winning. I was very popular with a lot of different deals on the table. So it’s moreso about winning, and you’ve got to put yourself in a position to where you’re winning basketball games and you’re having fun doing it. Losing is not fun, and Melo wants to win.”

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knickgirl35
knickgirl35

woody was lookin like tyrone biggums in his interview--ashy lips and all. LMAO!!

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

Maybe Walker or Herb will take over tonight. fingers crossed.

rgm891
rgm891

I can see where Shannon Brown can get some minutes, but Earl Clark I am not so sure.  I hope Woodson cuts Stats minutes and gives some to Clark.  He may just play either Tyler or Clark.  I hope this is not the case.  I hope Tyler and Clark are both seeing minutes with this addition.  

jax13
jax13

Would love a big name coach too but if a van Grundy or Thibs fall thru....put jax on list. A born leader who helped the GSW franchise turnaround.....

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

Grunwald did a great job with signing Lin, Prigioni, Copeland, Tyler, Murry from the D-league or oversees.  He did well with drafting THjr. I would say Grunwald had a very good eye for talent.  Yeah, he mess up with trading for Bargs by giving up the draft pick.  However, Bargs is way better to have on the roster than Camby and Novak!!  Novak is very very limited.


Grunwald is the only GM to lead the Knicks to a winning season, under Jim Dolan.  Something Walsh or Isiah never did...TRUTH!!  Grunwald bringing in Kidd, Wallace, etc had a lot to do with us being the 2nd best team in the east last year!!

Grunwald is a better Knicks GM than Walsh!!

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

In order to keep Melo it ain't going to be about words and promises this offseason. It is going to be about actions. Do whatever you can to obtain a quality point guard this summer. Do whatever you can to shed the contracts of Tyson/Amare/Felton. The chances of any of this happening are at about 20%. If no significant changes happen this offseason tot he roster then Melo is bouncing. Its not about the money anymore to him. Hes got a wife that is making money herself. I say over and over he has sponsorships (Nike and a Luxury Wristwatch line just to name a few) to cover any type of paycut it would take to stay. He is concerned about his legacy and reputation. Melo wants a ring badly. He hears ESPN say every year that he cant win and that he has one of the worst playoff records out of any star. He wants to just win at this point and he needs to actually see a plan going forward. Right now he sees no future gameplan from the "brain trust."

To sum it up: If we somehow pull off a significant move for a good player (Rondo, Lance, etc.) then Melo will stay with a paycut. If not (more likely scenario) then I can see him bouncing. He aint going to stay and be a part of a laughing stock roster for another whole year unless the only other teams that makes him an offer are lottery bound as well. The guy just wants an actual roster and help. I don't care what the stats say, he is the only one that has earned his paycheck this year, management included.

jax13
jax13

Also it appears golden state is not interested in extending mark Jackson.....put him on list of knick coaches for next season.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@rgm891 Earl Clark is a decent defender with great height that can do a decent job on LBJ, plus he can make the 3 ball.  He is a good pick up for the little money we will pay him at this time of the year!!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rgm891  Brown likely was brought in because Murry will be sent down to the DL. Right now he's there for cheerleading purposes.

ds2488
ds2488

@zdiddy4nyk  What?  The Knicks had winning seasons under Walsh too.  They've had a winning record ever since 2010 (not counting this year).

Sandro
Sandro

@jax13

Another coach in love with 3 point shooting and not very fond of defense. I'll pass.

I want a defense first type of coach.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic @rgm891  We can say the same for Amare. Personally, I think Tyler can thrive off of good PG play while bringing decent interior D, which we don't have much of.

Amare's a black hole who just embarasses himself on D.

At this point, I'd rather have a stretch 4 who can rebound alongside Tyler to see how those 2 complement each other. We now by now how the rest of the team plays together.

It's not like this team is headed anywhere this season. 

Might as well give it a shot.

Of course, knowing Woodson, this will never happen.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@ds2488 @zdiddy4nyk

You are right, we went 42-40 in 2010-2011 season under Walsh.  Plus, 36-30 in 2011-2012.  My point is Grunwald had the best season as the Knicks GM under Jim Dolan.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro @jax13  Actually, GS's defense improved significantly under Jackson if you've followed his tenure in GS.

The issue is that when you have Thompson and Lee together, it really isn't easy to establish a top 5 defense.

I think he's done wonders given the young team he was given and I think the player develpoment under him has been nothing short of spectacular. Curry made the jump to superstar. Barnes had a tremendos rookie season and is on his way to developing into a very solid 2 way player with great scoring capabilities. He turned Thompson into a solid SG (albeit one with no defensive capabilities)

Given what he was given to work with when he first arrived to GS, he's done a stellar job.

GS' management wants to go deep into the playoffs, but the West is too tough, and that's why there's issues with Jackson. 

He's defense first coach, he just had to adapt to the players he was given. Why do you think he asked for Bogut and Iggy? 

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@Sandro @jax13 I am sure he loves defense but Iguodala and Bogut (when healthy) are the only two players who can play defense.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@knickkee LOL  Too bad Failton didn't bring his guns out on the floor. Maybe the opposing PGs would have stopped running past him so much. 

rgm891
rgm891

@xmenreturn @Knicks_Fanatic  I am not expecting anything outta of Shannon Brown.  I just see he can get some mins with the injury to Shump.  Haha unfortunately.

jax13
jax13

Walsh got us out of cap hell. He seems to be making good decisions for pacers right about now......

The main bad decision Walsh made was bringing in dantoni.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Sandro

Checketts was better even Grunsfield!   

The game has passed Walsh by.  He didn't even know D-Will was available.  Utah probably called him and he forgot. Senility kicking in. 

Sandro
Sandro

@Knicks_Fanatic @xmenreturn

I'm on your side here.

Although I can recognize Walsh's mistakes, I think he is clearly a better GM that any other GM signed by Dolan.

I would rather have Walsh right now, than Glen\Mills.
I guarantee that Walsh wouldn't stay pat on the trade deadline.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic How does that make him good for us?  Yeah they never won anything in Indy as well.  The Davis boys would ruin away all the paint on the rim shooting foul shots. 

The current Indy team is by Bird!  

Walsh has been in the game for decades and he has no rings to show for it. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro @xmenreturn@ds2488@zdiddy4nyk 

You have to look at what Donnie Walsh did in Indiana. He took over a team that had lost pretty much every year since the ABA-NBA merger. He turned them into a powerhouse, where they made the playoffs almost every season.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@ds2488 There's plenty of blame to go around.  My pt was that Walsh and GG was every bit as bad and Walsh had a chance to finally get under salary cap in a year or so and he opted to take a major risk on STATues when he couldn't get LBJ. 

Isiah never had an option of getting under salary cap unless he sat pat for 3 more years at best thanks to Layden.  

So contract wise, Isiah left Walsh better off then Layden left him. 

ds2488
ds2488

@zdiddy4nyk @ds2488  I'm not necessarily disagreeing with that (although blaming Walsh alone is crazy, Grunwald has played just as big of a role).


All I've been saying is that last year's 50+ win team doesn't happen without Walsh either, and that Walsh did a decent enough job when he was here to allow Grunwald to build on it.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@ds2488 Dude, you're arguing with yourself.  If Walsh had done such a good job, we would be better off period.

Isiah tenure wasn't for life nor was the players he brought in.  We were not very good in 2010 so why couldn't Walsh just wait to get further under  salary cap and bring in good players.

So if he decided to up that (sorta just like Isiah did by trading for risky players because he had no way of getting under the salary cap then) and go after Amare.  What a bad choice! 

ds2488
ds2488

@xmenreturn @ds2488  What kind of case is that LOL?  No GM, even the best GM in history could have won us a ring within 3-4 years after Isiah left us in that mess.


The only chance was to sign two key free agents in 2010, and the team that won out on that (Miami) has 2 rings.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@ds2488 So what rings did we win in 2010? What rings did we win since 2010?  

I rest my case!   LOL

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@zdiddy4nyk Yep, many of the bad Isiah contracts were coming on the books in a year or 2 max.  People act like Isiah signed ARoid and we had players with bad contracts on the books for decades. Total nonsense. 

ds2488
ds2488

@xmenreturn @ds2488  X, read what I'm saying though man.  He could have sat on his a** and we'd be under the cap in 2011 or 2012, but not 2010.  And like I said, I don't think Melo comes here without Stat.  As much as I hate Stat's contract.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@ds2488 @xmenreturn

Walsh traded away "so called" bad contract. Then he turn around and sign Amare, who is by far worse than the contract Walsh traded away!!


One step forward and 10 steps back!!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@ds2488 Walsh could have sat on his a#s and we would have been under the salary cap soon.  Total nonsense.  

Walsh brought us Pringles and Amare which is the one of the worse contracts in sports.  

 Just to be clear, Isiah didn't sign players to 10 year contracts in his last few years here. 

ds2488
ds2488

@xmenreturn  Walsh had to make serious trades to get us under the cap in 2010.  And you have to remember at the time, that Randolph was considered one of the worst contracts in the NBA and untradeable, and Jamal Crawford not much better (both expired 2011 or 2012 if I recall correctly).  His trades cut off close to $30 million for 2010.


Of course that ended up with us signing the worst contract in the NBA today with Stat, but I'll still maintain that no Stat= No Melo here and more years of losing.

zdiddy4nyk
zdiddy4nyk

@ds2488 @zdiddy4nyk

Thanks to the number 1 GM in the world and the Knicks savior Mr. Walsh...we are screwed until the 2015-2016 season!!!

Walsh wasting $100 mill on Amare, therefore leading to the Knicks signing Chandler (to protect Amare's defensive inability similar to what he did for Dirk).  Chandler was a good gamble Grunwald had to make, especially the proof was that it lead Dallas to an NBA championship against the best team in the east.

With Amare. Chandler and Melo contract on the books, we are left without salary cap space to really sign any good free agents (especial a good PG).  We are then force to sign JR, because we could not use his available cap money to sign another free agent.  Who were we going to get on a min. contract to replace JR's production (our 2nd best player from a 54 win team)??? 

Felton is also here, because of his willingness to take only $3 - $4 mill as a starting PG.  There were no other available PG at that time better than Felton, that would have signed for that contract.  

Therefore, I will maintain that every bad move we have made lately, is a direct result of us wasting so much cap space on Amare...TRUTH!! 

Walsh got rid of bad contracts.  But, then he went out and sign Amare to a contract that is worse than all the players he got rid of...SMFH!!

Talk about taking one step forwards and 10 steps back...

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Sandro @xmenreturn

YEP, How can people say Wash cleanup up after Isiah and GG was good too?

Are they actually watching or seeing where we are now? 

Crazy stuff!

Sandro
Sandro

@xmenreturn @ds2488@zdiddy4nyk

I don't think anyone here thinks Walsh is a great GM. Maybe Knicks_Fanatic, but that's about it.

I just think that Walsh sucks less than Glen.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@ds2488 @zdiddy4nyk 

Clean up?  Walsh just basically let contracts expire. Some clean up! 

The bad contracts Isiah got us in during his tenure wasn't forever and he basically had to coach thru those when he was put on the sidelines by Dolan. 

Walsh and GG sucked period.  


ds2488
ds2488

@zdiddy4nyk  I don't think that's fair though.  Walsh had to clean up one of the worst messes in NBA history following Isiah.  Grunwald on the other hand was able to build on what Walsh did.  There's a big difference imo.  I'm sure if Walsh stuck around the Knicks would have had a similar record last year.

Sandro
Sandro

@zdiddy4nyk

Because of Kidd.

Lin, Prigioni and Tyler aren't NBA starters. Murry and Copeland aren't even role players. So I don't know about that "evaluation skill" you're talking about.

Hardaway Jr was the consensual pick at 24. Only Jordan or Grant would pick any other player there.

The Bargnani trade cost us Rondo.

The Chandler signing cost us Chris Paul.
The Billups amnesty cost us Amare.

So much for a great GM.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@Sandro @VerySilentJay @jax13 lol theres a difference of he is a good defender and he is better than Steph Curry at defense. They are both below average defenders which puts them above Ray Felton by a mile.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro @VerySilentJay @jax13  I didn't even bring up Curry's defense. But his play is at a top tier level, no denying that. And that development came under Jackson.


Given what he was given to start the new GS' project, what he did last year was tremendous if you ask me.

Sandro
Sandro

@VerySilentJay @Sandro@jax13

I disagree about Thompson. I think Curry is a worse defender than him.

As I said, I'm on the fence with him. Not really in favor, but not against it either, just rather try someone "bigger".

Wouldn't be mad if we tried him though.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@onewhoknix @Sandro @jax13  No. Thompson isn't a defender at all, but under Jackson the kid actually hustled. He went from a spot up shooter to a slasher, finsih around the basket type of player with the ability to run the point as well.

Given the expectations of him coming into the league, not too many thought he'd make such a leap.

A lot of it is on Jackson.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@Sandro @onewhoknix @jax13 Can Klay really play defense? I don't follow GS all that much and I know he can shoot but thought his defense was bad. Maybe because he is so slim and not too athletic.

jax13
jax13

I like him....I like Thibs n van Grundy better but I am just saying put him on list. He preaches defense, they are a middle of the road defensive team. He plays to his players strengths. If we had curry n Thompson, I would have the ball in their hands a lot too. Last year they moved the ball and were a better defensive team. I like him for knicks.

Sandro
Sandro

@onewhoknix @Sandro@jax13

Klay Thompson is a good defender as well.

I don't know, I'm just not really sold on Jackson. He has a really nice roster set up and they're clearly under performing. Maybe it's not his fault entirely, but I expected more than that.

Anyway, he's clearly a upgrade from Woodson, so I wouldn't complain. Much.