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Carmelo Anthony told Phil Jackson will join the Knicks, says it couldn’t hurt

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Phil Jackson has agreed to join the New York Knicks, and Carmelo Anthony had nothing to do with it.

That’s what the latest reports said, and now Melo backs that up on the record.

Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal

With three and a half months until Melo hits free agency, there’s still a chance for Jackson to develop a relationship with the Knicks star. But – although he respects Jackson, as anyone around the NBA would – Melo doesn’t seem terribly enthused by this move.

It seems James Dolan is the only one starstruck by Jackson.

If Jackson is going to keep Melo – or fix the Knicks some other way – it will take hard work and savvy decision-making. Maybe Jackson is up to the task, but with no front-office experience, it’s difficult to predict he is. Coaching skills don’t necessarily translate to management skills.

There is no magic wand that can solve all New York’s problems, including how to handle Melo this summer. Melo isn’t expecting there to be one.

Are the Knicks?

Russell Westbrook gets so hot, he has to cool himself down (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook hit 4-of-6 3-pointers in the third quarter.

This one apparently put him on fire to the point he had to cool himself off.

Stephen Curry literally lays down on defense to avoid ending up in Greek Freak poster (VIDEO)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 19:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on in the first half of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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It’s hard to find a new low for defense in an NBA All-Star Game.

But Stephen Curry was laying down on defense. Literally.

The result was a Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk and Curry ending up in the highlight anyway.

Russell Westbrook off the backboard to DeAndre Jordan for the dunk (VIDEO)

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Hey, DeAndre Jordan, where was this Saturday night during the Dunk Contest?

The Clippers’ big man threw down an off-the-backboard alley-oop from Russell Westbrook during the All-Star Game Sunday that was better than anything he did on Saturday night. Enjoy

LeBron James passes off backboard to himself for dunk (video)

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NEW ORLEANS — Even in a game conducive to highlights, LeBron James went above and beyond.