Woody to Bulls: Hands Off Melo

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Keep your hands off Melo.

That was Mike Woodson’s message to Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls in the wake of Chris Broussard’s report that Noah tampered with Anthony at the All-Star Game in New Orleans.

“I’m not going to get into all of that,” Woodson said Thursday on ESPN Radio, according to the New York Post. “You know legally nobody can at this point. Melo is still wearing a Knicks uniform, and I hope he stays with the Knicks for the rest of his career. I’ve always said that. So whatever was said between Noah and the Chicago Bulls, that’s on them.”

As reported Thursday on TKB, Broussard cited sources saying that Noah told Anthony he should come to Chicago after he opts out this summer because he would have a better chance to win there than in Los Angeles or New York.

“Look, you could go to Los Angeles,” Broussard quoted Noah as saying. “But if you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago.”

Anthony reportedly told Noah that Derrick Rose was his son’s favorite player.

The Post also reported that Anthony and Noah exchanged greetings in a family room last Sunday in Chicago after the Bulls spanked the Knicks, 109-90.

Anthony stands to make $129 million over five years in New York, and $96 million over four years elsewhere. He has said he would take “a pay cut” to stay with the Knicks if they can build a championship contender.


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.





88 comments
Michael
Michael

So the whole nation can see what a joke Barclays is. Excellent.

tpjm
tpjm

@Michael Beggers can't be choosers. LI failed NYI. Be grateful they're still in NY thanks to BROOKLYN you dumbass clown.  Must kill you to see NYI on national TV 5 times because of BROOKLYN while LI kicked them out. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Dumbass.  I laugh at you.

tpjm
tpjm

First season in BROOKLYN = 5 games on national TV 


Last season in LI dumpiseum = no games on national TV


Just as I've said all along, NYI will get more exposure and attention in BROOKLYN!  NYI IN BROOKLYN BABY!  LOVE IT, LIVE IT! BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO THIS FRANCHISE!! They're only on national TV because of BROOKLYN!!  


HELLO BROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKLYN!!


Richard Gauthier
Richard Gauthier

@tpjm Yeah that sucks. It's 5 games that the stupid NHL Center Ice package wont cover thus forcing me to find a stream of NBC. Also, the team doesn't get any additional revenue for those games, so who cares?

csh205
csh205

If you really believe that then there is a bridge at the end of Atlantic Avenue for sale.

jt91
jt91

@tpjm It would be great if NBC turned the camera to your seat as you were getting pummeled! 

bserviss9
bserviss9

This time I actually won't disagree with. I'm sure half of it has to do with the new stadium, for instance the first Islander Rag game at the Barclays. And I'm sure half of it has to do with the Islanders becoming a more respectable team (i.e. being on National TV on the road)

tpjm
tpjm

@bserviss9 A more respectable team because of BROOKLYN money!!

tpjm
tpjm

@jt91 @tpjm By who? You wimp? Real NYI fans love me.  You don't qualify.

Richard Gauthier
Richard Gauthier

@Jon James Savia Then you have to play both Pulock and Mayfield in the AHL. I'd rather save cash for next year when there's a way better free agent crop like Kopitar, Stamkos, Giordano, Byfuglien, Seabrook etc.

rmbbanned2
rmbbanned2

Remember the good old days last year- when the Isles got no national games.

Oh my, how the same 10 people came here and complained endlessly about how it was insulting, the Franchise wasn't respected, and it was the owners fault( well if a dog dies- it is the owners fault)..


Lets see if their level of commitment is the same, now that a year later the team has 5 national games..


I don't think so either. Bad news is to be celebrated, good news is to be ignored or blamed on "luck"..

tpjm
tpjm

@rmbbanned2 That's how they roll here. That's why I laugh at them. Always whining, never giving credit. The same whiny clueless fools would never credit BROOKLYN for NYI being on national TV.  Dumbasses.

vtbound
vtbound

@tpjm @rmbbanned2 I don't see how a building determines whether or not they're on national TV.... I'd say it was that 100+ point season last year that gave them the NBC bump. 

tpjm
tpjm

LOL@jethrono9 YOU UPTIGHT RIGHT WING A-HOLE SACK OF CRAP LAME ASS NYI "FAN" WHO DOESN'T SUPPORT NYI. OBAMA RULES!!!!!  I LAUGH AT YOU IGNORANT FOOL!!!

tpjm
tpjm

@vtbound You mean the money spent for BROOKLYN via Boychuk, Leddy, Halak which made them get 101+ points. You dumbass the building in BROOKLYN caused the extra spending and wins.  Get a clue.

Matt Peros
Matt Peros

Not that I care but nice to see them jump on the bandwagon. Prefer the games on MSG

mrniftee
mrniftee

Hockey Buzz is reporting that Isles are "poking around" on Cody Franson.  The only problem I see is he is a right shooting defenseman.  With Boychuk, Hammer, and hopefully Pulock, a right handed shot defenseman might not fit.

Jordan Romano
Jordan Romano

I do. I can't stand seeing my team on a channel named after Madison Square Garden.

Chris DeMeo
Chris DeMeo

Could care less about media coverage only wins.

chudogz1
chudogz1

The front office puts these reports out yearly, to try n act like they are attempting to better the franchise.... Who wants to work with a muzzle on???? FOH

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

@zdiddy4nyk Please don't get your hopes up, that's the best thing the Knicks franchise are able to do is get your hopes up, just to be let down..this is all a publicity stunt. Rumors Melo is leaving to Chicago, then let's respond by throwing out Phil

chudogz1
chudogz1

@zdiddy4nyk. He needs to apply for the GM position... SMH

rgm891
rgm891

Jim Dolan offer Phil Jackson a blank check and call it a day man.  It's that simple. 

Mets0987
Mets0987

I'm in Florida, would you drive from Florida to L.A to get Phil Jackson to coach the Knicks?

rgm891
rgm891

@Mets0987  In a heartbeat man.  No questions asked.  Best road trip ever.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

Next headline:

Sources say Dolan has pulled back all communication with Phil Jackson. Dolan was quoted "Who does this guy think he is requesting to speak to me face to face?" Knicks are looking to extend Mike Woodson for 2 years because he is the right man for the job.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Dolan does everything to FVck things up

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Stephen A. Smith reports S. Mills flew to L.A. to meet with Jackson. He adds, his sources advised Phil is not that interested and was not happy that Dolan wasn't present. Says, Woodson's days are numbered and will be over at seasons end.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Seth.. Take days off and drive here lol

lobcity1
lobcity1

Seth.

Even more of a reason to be out there on the 19th and protest MSG. IM READY!!!

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Give Phil, everything, coach, gm, ownership..like Parcells says let him do the shopping for the groceries..But I'm never going to get my hopes up

lobcity1
lobcity1

Biggie

Phil always wanted to coach here. He was willing to coach last season but the Big dummy didn't want to hire him.

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Makes sense, rumors swirl Melo leaving Chicago, let's leak rumors Knicks are going after Pjax, which I already thought he said he wouldn't coach again

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Via espn

The latest rumble in coaching circles holds that Madison Square Garden chairman Jim Dolan is keeping Woodson around purely because he knows that making major changes to the roster before next season -- given New York's lack of draft picks and cap space and limited trade assets -- will be extremely difficult.

Which leaves Dolan, in terms of pitching Carmelo Anthony to stay this summer, with little else to say besides: Woody was the problem!

In other words: Keep the alleged problem around to the very last drop of this nightmare season -- and then hustle him out the door, painting a coaching change as a cure-all.

But making an in-season change, from Dolan's perspective, creates the possibility that everyone starts to see that Woody is clearly not the Knicks' biggest problem.

Which would theoretically give Melo even more reason to look around if he goes through with his long-planned intent to become a free agent July 1.

More than one plugged-in observer has insisted to me that this is indeed Dolan's strategy. He's going to remind the 29-year-old that he can't get $130 million anywhere else, pledge to import a worthy co-superstar no later than the summer of 2015 ... and tell him that an A-list coach will be hired right away to replace the guy who's been holding the Knicks back and elevate this team immediately.

Luckily for the Knicks, that approach might even work ... albeit mostly because Melo is said to be looking for every reason to stay in New York.

Cynics will say it's the $130 million he really can't bear to leave, but those who know Melo best insist that slinking away from the ballyhooed MSG stage -- and thus admitting to the world that he had to go elsewhere and attach himself to better help to win -- would wound him.

Sources say that, for all the Knicks' well-chronicled ties to Creative Artists Agency, there has been some sentiment within the organization to dump the CAA-repped Woodson as far back as Christmas.

And then the search for the coach who can help convince Melo to stay can begin in earnest.

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

don't give me a heart attack. is this legit?

melo7
melo7

He's not interested