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Anthony denies he wants to be traded from Knicks; Jerry Sloan as coach?

Mar 14, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

Brandon Bass, Carmelo Anthony AP

As you knew was coming, Carmelo Anthony and his camp are denying the report that he want to be traded from the Knicks.

And while he’s at it ‘Melo wants you to know he is all good with Mike D’Antoni. Here is the quote, via the Associated Press.

But Anthony calls the report (he wanted out of the Knicks) “nonsense,” adding that he’s faced adversity throughout his career and “I’ve never ran from it and I’m not about to pick today to start running from it.”

Anthony’s agent Leon Rose told Frank Isola of the Daily News the reports were “nonsense.”

Anthony can deny anything and everything to his heart’s content, there are clearly issues within the Knicks team and front office. A strong leader needs to emerge to lead this franchise out of the wilderness.

How about Jerry Sloan? The hard-nosed, hard-a** longtime coach of the Jazz is interested, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.

While retired Lakers and Bulls coach Phil Jackson has frequently been named as a possible successor to D’Antoni, sources close to retired Utah coach Jerry Sloan say he would be interested in the position. Sloan retired abruptly in February 2011, and was pursued by a number of teams during the summer before resisting the recruiting efforts. In an interview with in early January, he said he was considering a return.

As an NBA blogger who needs material, dear God please let the Knicks hire Sloan. I want to cover his reaction to ‘Melo’s “effort” on defense, Jeremy Lin’s turnovers and whatever it is Amare Stoudemire is doing on offense lately. I want to be there when Sloan challenges Anthony to a fight.

And for the record, I’d take Sloan.

  1. drunkenjunk - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    I’d like it if sloan comes over. I’m not a fan of the knicks but its good for the league when they’re good.

    • gmen4life33 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      I am a Knicks fan, and this would be GREAT. Pleeeeeeeeeease Dolan do this,

    • skids003 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      His “camp?” You mean his posse? His peeps? His hanger ons that follow the dollars? Fire him.

  2. charlutes - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    It’s so funny when divas like Melo say things like, “I’ve faced adversity before, never ran from it”. Because you know, he ran from Denver at the first chance…and I’m not sure “haven’t won an NBA championship” qualifies as going through adversity.

    Try losing your job, not having millions in your bank, earned being a lazy, selfish basketball player…schmuck.

    • youngyankee - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      that’s ridiculous, so Melo should have signed another contract with Denver? otherwise he’s running away from adversity?

      he was born in NY, favorite player was Bernard King. you can’t blame a guy for wanting to go play for his hometown team.

      and it wasn’t money motivated considering he was fully prepared to go into FA.

      Denver made that choice to get something in return and trade him.
      Melo didn’t run from anything

      • youngyankee - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        except defense. he runs away from that on a nightly basis

  3. pudgalvin - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    After Utah, I’m sure Sloan would love to get in on another perfectly sane roster. He loves dealing with today’s athletes.

  4. teedraper - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Try losing your job, not having millions in your bank, earned being a lazy, selfish basketball player…schmuck.

    Typical Internet cracker response. You’re talking about a game & he’s talking about LIFE you moron. Carmelo comes from a place where your kind kill themselves bc of the circumstances they came up in. Idiot!

  5. teedraper - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Anthony can deny anything and everything to his heart’s content, there are clearly issues within the Knicks team and front office

    This has nothing to do with him wanting be traded dummy. Learn to comprehend

  6. chiadam - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Jerry Sloan could never coach the Knicks. He’d murder half the team within two days.

  7. mr9teen - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    These reports are stupid. Personally I am tired of the “anonymous” sources and “people close to the situation”. Put your name on it. Everybody has a bit of bullshit info that amounts to nothing. Why in the world would we trade Melo? For what? Because we are losing? Give me a break! This team was thrown together AFTER a lockout without a chance to mesh together. Look at all the other teams in the league. Almost all of them have returned with their same principle personnel. The Knicks have not 1 but 2 new pieces in the starting lineup and only 3 players (Jeffries, Douglas and Walker) returning from last year. As a Knicks fan who watches EVERY game it is frustrating. However we live in a city where rebuild can’t be uttered. Sooooo we are in a perpetual cycle of free agent acquisition in addition to having a overzealous (to be kind) owner. This team is has two principal players who defense is not and has never been their strongest suit. WE KNEW THIS WHEN WE GOT THEM! So let’s move on from there. The Knicks are struggling but a lot of teams struggle to get to the promised land.

  8. limonadamas - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Lin’s “turnover problem” gets an inordinate amount of press (I guess like all things NY). I think he’s taking steps in the right direction, but once a guy gets a reputation, people do the intellectually lazy thing and run with it. I believe we can do better than this.

    Since the All-Star Break, Lin’s AST:TO is 2.38. For comparison’s sake (using season averages):

    Westbrook: 1.41 (with only 5.5 assists/game)
    Kyrie Irving: 1.86 (with only 5.4 assists/game)
    DWill: 1.98
    John Wall: 2.00
    Jrue Holiday: 2.00
    Kyle Lowry: 2.25
    Rubio: 2.56
    Jennings: 2.59 (with only 5.7 assists/game)

    And just for the heck of it:

    Kobe Bryant: 1.26
    Paul Pierce: 1.73
    Tyreke Evans: 1.75
    Dwyane Wade: 1.81
    Lebron James: 1.89

    Obviously, my point is not necessarily that Lin is better than all (or any) of these players, or even that he’s not turnover-prone. But I rarely, if ever, hear about how Westbrook’s a TO magnet or how Kyrie Irving isn’t a good point guard on this level. If anything, I hear great things about the two of them. I hear great things about most of the guys on the above list.

    It seems that, just as there are some people who indiscriminately want to put Lin on a pedestal for everything (which he himself doesn’t want), there are also people who want to indiscriminately find fault with him, for whatever reason.

    Lin’s young. He’s smart and athletic. Let’s let him figure it out without all the nonsense. If people keep talking about how “the book is out” on Lin and his tendencies, I suppose they’re assuming that he can’t improve on his weaknesses either. Bias can be an insidious thing. Best to recognize it.

  9. cdins - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Hes 27. Im 28 and was too young or benard king. I hate how all these guys say their favorite players were guys who theyre too young to even have watched.

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