Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony out 1-2 weeks with groin strain


The good news is that Carmelo Anthony’s groin strain is not serious. The bad news is this is a slow injury to heal and it has to be fully healed or it is easy to re-aggravate.

The Knicks announced that Anthony will be out one-to-two weeks to heal the injury, reports Howard Beck of the New York Times. There will be no other tests run on him.

The injury happened halfway through the first quarter Monday night. The Jazz turned the ball over, the Knicks moved out in transition (they really push the ball again with Jeremy Lin in) and Anthony started running up court — then he pulled up hobbled. A pass was thrown to him at the arc but he threw a lob to Tyson Chandler for a dunk. Soon he was out of the game and did not return.

Amare Stoudemire is out for at least a game or two as well (if not more) following the unexpected death of his brother in Florida. The Knicks face the Wizards on Wednesday then Kobe Bryant and the Lakers make their annual appearance at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

This mean’s it’s Jeremy Lin’s team for a few games.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.