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Carmelo Anthony gets ejected for arguing calls (VIDEO)

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This feels like the scene in “Bull Durham” where Crash Davis uses the magic phrase that he knows will get him ejected from the game.

The New York Knicks, playing without AWOL Derrick Rose, were down 19 to the New Orleans Pelicans — in Madison Square Garden — when Anthony decided to argue a non-call with the referee. He was not demonstrative, nor in the officials’ face, so he must have used some magical words — and I don’t mean from Harry Potter books — to get tossed.

The Knicks ended up losing by 14. This team has some issues.

Derrick Rose not at Knicks/Pelicans game, some with team reportedly don’t know why, where he is

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This is both potentially concerning, and very New York Knicks.

Derrick Rose is not with the New York Knicks as they take on the Pelicans at Madison Square Garden, and it doesn’t seem clear where he is. He had been at shootaround earlier that morning. The first sense of something odd was this:

Then Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports dropped this bomb:

We hope this is not something actually serious or wrong with Rose or his family.

But pouting over a benching seems plausible.  Rose has been better this season than he has been the last couple, but that should not be confused with him being good again. Jared Dubin put it very well, he’s useful but not helpful at this point in his career. Which is to say, his benching against the Bucks because the undrafted Ron Baker was playing better was justified (the Knicks came from behind in the fourth to win with him sitting).

The Knicks seemed out of sorts on the court Monday night and were getting blown out in the third quarter by New Orleans, and then to make matters worse Carmelo Anthony was ejected.

The New York Knicks should steal the old TNT slogan: “We Know Drama.” Doesn’t matter the year or the players, it’s always something with this team. A team that was 1.5 games out of the playoffs in the East going into tonight — Phil Jackson didn’t bring in Rose and Joakim Noah to go with Carmelo Anthony this summer to build for the future around Kristaps Porzingis, he wanted to win now. But alas….

Tony Allen casts crazy All-Star ballot for teammates, random East players

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The NBA changed the NBA All-Star voting, essentially taking it partially away from fans because they didn’t want a situation where Zaza Pachulia was voted an NBA starter. The fans still get 50 percent of the vote, but the media gets 25 percent and the players get 25 percent because they were going to take this seriously.

Enter Tony Allen.

The Grizzlies wing defender went on Periscope and had fun at the expense of the process.

In case you missed it, Alle cast this ballot for the All-Star starters next month in New Orleans.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets
Mo Williams, Atlanta Hawks (just traded from Cleveland)
Luke Babbit, Miami Heat
Michael Beasley, Milwaukee Bucks
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies
Tony Allen, Memphis Grizzlies
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
James Ennis, Memphis Grizzlies
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies

Somewhere, Adam Silver is just shaking his head.

I do not have a vote, but the media members take this responsibility seriously, with few strange candidates in the mix (particularly since end-of-year award votes were made public). That said, guys vote based on who they see, and things can become skewed (for example, can you blame someone who sees Damian Lillard every day for appreciating him more?).

Most players will take it seriously as well, but you can bet there will be a lot of guys bumping up teammates/friends/guys with the same agent. I know Russell Westbrook and other players have said media members don’t know enough to have the vote in their hands, but the idea that somehow the player vote will be some pristine truth is laughable.

At least he didn’t vote for Pachulia.

Stephen Curry appears on “Family Guy,” and Peter sits on his lap during press conference

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Seth MacFarlane’s style of humor spares no one. Which is part of the reason people love it or hate it (I’m in the love camp, for the record).

Stephen Curry made an appearance this week on his mainstay show Family Guy on Fox, and it got irreverent. They poked fun at the NBA trend of children sitting on the laps of their parents during postgame press conferences.

I love that Curry was willing to do that.

Report: Hawks telling teams Paul Millsap is off trade market

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Of course, the real question becomes “is he really?”

The Atlanta Hawks have won seven in a row and moved into the four seed in the Eastern Conference, which is one reason some questioned why the Hawks would want to move their best player in Paul Millsap, but he was put on the trade market. After looking at that market, the Hawks have decided to pull him off it, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution added these details.

Which brings us back to the first paragraph above: Is Millsap really off the trade market, or is this an effort to extract more out of the teams calling in? It’s a fair question to ask, however, there are several reasons the Hawks may have reached a decision to keep Millsap.

• They really do want to compete in the East — they have an elite defense this season (fifth best overall this season, second best in the NBA the last 10 games) and with Millsap this is a solid playoff team with a chance to make the second round. There is a “get into the playoffs and maybe the breaks go our way” idea that could help sell the Hawks on this path. Management in Atlanta was torn on this issue from the start, not everyone wanted to move on from Millsap, and that may have combined with other factors to kill the trade idea. (The flip side of this argument is they are also not nearly on the level of Cleveland, and likely couldn’t beat Boston or Toronto in a series, so this gambit very likely does not mean a trip to even the conference Finals.)

The Hawks wanted a “substantial” first round pick for Millsap, and teams were not biting for a guy who is a free agent this summer and could be a rental, or they would have to re-sign with a max contract.

• Atlanta ownership is good with offering Millsap (age 32) the max next summer — as a 10-year veteran, that will start around $36 million a year — and believe they can keep him and be successful with him in the future. (They have been concerned Millap would leave and they would get nothing, as happened with Al Horford.)

• In the past couple of years, under new ownership, the team has become more financially successful, drawing in millennials and people living downtown and in the more urban areas of Atlanta to the games (they changed the focus from trying to get people in the suburbs to drive into town). Trade Millsap and this team is Dennis Schroeder, Kent Bazemore, Dwight Howard and not much else — it’s a rebuild/retooling. That could hurt the gate.

It likely is not be one of these things, but a few of these combined. Bottom line is for now, Millsap is officially off the table. Just don’t bet on that being permanent.