While the Nuggets continue to ponder possibilities, Carmelo Anthony hasn’t yet been traded. Asked Saturday if he thinks he’ll be a Nugget come opening night, Melo said: “I don’t know, man. I don’t know. I’m taking it day by day. It’s possible that I will be here opening night.” Then he was asked, “So does that mean it’s possible that you won’t be?”
“Possible means 50-50,” Anthony said. “As long as I’m here, I’m going to lead this team.”
Overall, he has tried not to stir the pot with revealing quotes, but Anthony has at least been accommodating to the media this camp, unlike the summer, when he repeatedly turned down interview requests. He has been practicing hard and seemingly enjoying camp thus far.
Two historic clubs met for the first time to open 2010 NBA Europe Live by putting on a show for fans in Milan, Italy on Sunday night as the New York Knicks outlasted Armani Jeans Milano 125-113 before as sellout crowd of 10,672 at Mediolanum Forum. What was a close game late in the third quarter turned New York’s way early in the fourth, and though Milano came within 101-109 late, that was as close as the hosts would get to taste victory. Amare Stoudamire, the biggest addition for the Knicks over the summer, was unstoppable for the guests, with 32 points on 10-for-13 two-point shooting and 11-for-13 at the foul line. Hometown favorite Danilo Gallinari followed with 24 points, including 5 three-pointers. For Milano, its own newcomer, Oleksiy Pecharov, gave the home fans plenty to like with 23 points off the bench. Jonas Maciulis added 18 points for Milano, while Ibby Jaaber had 16, Stefano Mancinelli and David Hawkins 11 each. The next NBA Europe Live game involving a Turkish Airlines Euroleague team will feature Regal FC Barcelona hosting the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday in a meeting of the champions of each competition.
Jamal Crawford isn’t happy about his contract situation. It’s been obvious to those around him at Hawks camp that his demeanor isn’t the same. He’s being a professional but the enthusiasm is lacking.
So far, Crawford has stopped short of publicly expressing his displeasure with the Hawks for not offering a contract extension. In that way he’s taking a different tact than Kenyon Martin in Denver and Aaron Brooks in Houston.
But Crawford’s stance might be shifting a bit. At media day Monday he was careful to avoid talking about the possibility of leaving the Hawks. Now, with GM Rick Sund still not offering an extension and also resisting trade inquiries, Crawford sounds more urgent about the issue.
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