New York Knicks forward Anthony reacts after being fouled by the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

Carmelo Anthony says he’s back, will play Monday night


Not exactly the news the struggling Golden State Warriors wanted to hear.

Carmelo Anthony will return to the Knicks lineup Monday night against Golden State, Howard Beck reports at the New York Times.

The Knicks are listing Anthony as probable, but Anthony was more definitive, saying, “I will play tonight.”

Anthony participated fully in the Knicks’ morning shoot-around and said he still felt some stiffness behind the knee, “but no pain.” Team doctors have not cited any specific injury or condition, and Anthony insisted he would not need off-season surgery.

Anthony’s knee had bothered him for a couple weeks until he tripped and fell against the Cavaliers, which kind of aggravated it. He sat out getting the knee some rest.

Mike Woodson said he wants to limit Anthony to 35 minutes a game, plus he might want to find a way to get Anthony a few games off down the stretch and heading into the playoffs. That’s when the Knicks are going to lean on him. Heavily. The problem is with Amare Stoudemire out due to knee surgery Woodson may not have a lot of other good options.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.