Carmelo Anthony on Knicks: “It’s just kind of a cloud over our heads right now”


The Knicks have lost four in a row, all at Madison Square Garden, including to the lowly Lakers, the short-handed Clippers, and Friday night Denver owned them thanks to the play of Nikola Jokic.

And that wasn’t even the worst part of their week. Phil Jackson’s efforts to frustrate Carmelo Anthony via Twitter backfired and made the president of the Knicks look foolish, but Jackson says he was just misunderstood. The owner had beloved Knicks legend Charles Oakley thrown out of MSG and arrested, then doubled-down on saying their feud was all Oakley’s fault because the former player has anger — and maybe drinking — problems. So they have banned Oakley from the Garden.

All of that has made the Knicks a place free agents will avoid if they can this summer (money always plays a role).

Anthony commented on all of this Friday night after the loss to Denver, as reported by Ian Begley at ESPN.

“What happened is just an accumulation of incident on top of incident on top of everything that’s going on that’s surrounding the New York Knicks organization right now. It’s just kind of this cloud over us right now that we have to figure out a way to get out of it,” Anthony said Friday. “I think you have to be in it, you have to be going through it, in order to understand it. From the outside looking in, it looks bad. And it’s even worse when you’re getting through it.”

It’s worse from the inside? Because he’s right, it looks bad from out here.

There appears to be no changes coming. Jackson isn’t going to be able to find a trade partner acceptable to Carmelo Anthony by the Feb. 23 trade deadline (unless he’s willing to take a historically bad deal). This summer Jackson will not be asked to leave by the organization, nor is he expected to opt out and walk away from the $24 million or more that he is owed by the Knicks. The regime stays in place.

Just the Knicks being the Knicks.

Kings’ Darren Collison hits game-winning layup to knock off Hawks in wild finish (VIDEO)

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Paul Millsap had just driven then hit a pull-up elbow jumper to give Atlanta a one-point lead with 7.9 seconds remaining, which he hoped would cap off a wild final minute of lead changes.

Darren Collison had other plans. After a time out (so the Kings took the ball out on their end), Collison popped out high to get the ball, and Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder was late coming out on him. Collison used Schroder’s momentum going the wrong way to get by him and create a little space, get inside and hit a lefty lay-up off the glass.

That shot would prove to be the game winner, capping a 22-point come-from-behind win for Sacramento at home. Matt Barnes sealed the win with a block on a Tim Hardaway Jr. shot (Hardaway finished with a game-high 28 points).

Draymond Green gets NBA’s first ever triple-double without points: 10 assists, 10 steals, and 12 rebounds


Draymond Green does all the little things. He defends. He’s physical and crashes the boards. And he’s an underrated playmaker.

Which is why he recorded the NBA’s first-ever triple-double without points Friday night — 10 assists, 10 steals, 12 rebounds.

Klay Thompson picked up the scoring slack as the Warriors beat the Grizzlies 122-107. The question is how much energy the Warriors have left for the Kevin Durant homecoming game in Oklahoma City Friday night.

Defense? Who needs it? Giannis Antetokounmpo scores career high 41, Lakers score 47 in quarter and win


Defense may well win championships, but it’s not entertaining. And on a cold February night, we want to be entertained.

Like by Giannis Antetokounmpo scoring a career-high 41 points on 11-of-20 shooting against the Lakers (video above). With Jabari Parker out for the season with a torn ACL, more scoring load is going to fall on the Greek Freak, and it was up to it Friday night.

But it wasn’t enough, the Lakers still got the 122-114 win. The difference was the Lakers’ 47-point first quarter.

Are you not entertained?

Watch Nikola Jokic score career-high 40, lifting Nuggets past Knicks (VIDEO)


NEW YORK (AP) — Nikola Jokic scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 131-123 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.

On the day Charles Oakley was banned from Madison Square Garden, the current Knicks proved again they can’t play defense anywhere near the way his Knicks teams did, and lost their fourth straight.

Former Knicks forward Wilson Chandler added 19 points and Jameer Nelson had 16 points and 12 assists for the Nuggets, who shot 56.8 percent from the field.

Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points against his former team and Kristaps Porzingis added 17, but Jokic dominated the matchup of second-year big men from Europe.

The Serbian center was 17 of 23 from the field and added nine rebounds and five assists as the Nuggets reached 120 points for the eighth time in their last 16 games.

The Knicks shot 56 percent themselves, but never got particularly close in the fourth quarter because Denver couldn’t be stopped.

Oakley was arrested after an altercation with security guards on Wednesday, and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan announced Oakley had been banned from the arena during an ESPN Radio interview, though said he was open to reconciling with the forward.

Fans chanted “We want Oakley!” and “Free Charles Oakley!” in the first quarter, but the chants soon turned to boos as the Nuggets repeatedly scored easily.


Nuggets: Denver played without Danilo Gallinari (strained left groin), Kenneth Faried (sprained right ankle) and Emmanuel Mudiay (lower back). … Will Barton came off the bench for 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Knicks: Brandon Jennings had 13 assists but shot just 2 for 10 from the field. … The Knicks haven’t won the season series since 2002-03, the season before Anthony entered the NBA.


Dolan said during the ESPN Radio interview that he won’t fire Phil Jackson or stand in the way if Jackson tried to trade Carmelo Anthony. Dolan wouldn’t say if he hoped the Knicks would keep Anthony.

“I’m not going to go there because that’s meddling with Phil,” he said. “That’s telling him how to do his job and I’m not going to do it.”