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Carmelo Anthony texted Kristaps Porzingis after draft, introduced himself as “Me7o”


Now that Kristaps Porzingis has played and impressed Summer League, everyone can have a little laugh about the draft-night boos that rained down when it was announced the Knicks had taken the Latvian big man. He’s in need of good player development, but Porzingis looks like guy who will fit in with the other elite bigs in this draft.

Porzingis himself never seemed worried.

He was relaxed and more than happy to joke about things that happened on draft night in an interview with the fantastic Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report.

Carmelo Anthony reached out to me after I got drafted. He said, “Congrats, welcome to the team.” I didn’t have his number, so I texted back, “Who’s this?” And then a few minutes later, he said, “This is Melo” with his No. 7 as the “l.” I met him actually when I came for my Knicks tryout for the first time. We’ve talked a couple of times since then.

How do you not love that that Anthony uses the text signature “Me7o”? This shouldn’t be a huge shock, he does use the hashtag #StayMe7o on Twitter and Instagram all the time. I’m sure it came from some marketing firm, but he has stuck with it.

As for Porzingis, speaking with him at Summer League you came across a player who was comfortable with the media and in his own skin, someone who got the game and seemed thoughtful. He could be fantastic for the Knicks in the community (if they don’t screw it up).

He had great stories, including about dealing with fans Kevin Garnett reaching out to him.

I would say 99 percent of the fans in Vegas have been positive. Fans are really nice when I see them, but then on social media it’s a little worse. I don’t read everything, but there are still fans who are like, “You’re going to be a bust.” Actually Kevin Garnett gave me advice about that this week. He came up to me after one of our practices when the Timberwolves were walking in.

He knew me a little bit from my interviews. He said, “Take that negative and turn it into energy.” He was telling me, “Just don’t listen to the outside and work as hard as you can.” I really love KG, and it was great having him tell me that advice.

Knicks fans are going to love Porzingis. We just need New Yorkers to be a little bit patient.

Report: Steve Mills, not Phil Jackson, keeping Carmelo Anthony up to date on Knicks’ summer efforts

Steve Mills,Phil Jackson

Carmelo Anthony agreed to the Knicks’ rebuilding efforts a year ago when he decided to take their massive checks for five years. He’s committed.

Phil Jackson has spent the summer drafting Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant, then signing Robin Lopez, Kyle O’Quinn, and Arron Afflalo. The Knicks will be better next season, maybe they can make the playoffs, and there is some hope building for the future.

But Jackson hasn’t been keeping Carmelo Anthony in the loop on any of that — Jackson said earlier in the week he hasn’t spoken to Anthony at all this summer. Rather GM Steve Mills has that duty, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post.

According to an NBA source, general manager Steve Mills has been in communication with Anthony across the free-agent process to explain the recent additions.

As president, Jackson delegates a lot, and Mills is in charge of directly speaking with agents and other teams regarding potential trades or free-agent acquisitions. According to the source, Mills also handles reaching out to players on matters such as recent transactions. In fact, Mills has said publicly Anthony spent a lot of time in his office going over “the boards’’ regarding potential free agents they were after.

This is the role Jackson wanted — he didn’t wish to handle the grinding details of dealing with agents phone calls or scouting some prospect in Europe. Jackson wanted to come in as the CEO — and he’s getting ridiculous CEO money — to set a direction and approve potential moves.

And stroking the ego of the team’s star player, that’s someone else’s job, too.

But if the Knicks struggle again this season, the blame for all of that is going straight to the CEO. His first season didn’t go smoothly but rebuilds rarely do. However, a second tough year and New Yorkers — including maybe James Dolan — will show a lot less patience.

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul are vacationing together

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Just like you, NBA players like to vacation with their friends.

It just draws a little more attention when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul are hanging out together.

LeBron and Wade were together at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and apparently a couple other buddies dropped by. You just have to wonder how many of them did the Leap of Faith waterslide. What we do know is some of them went on a banana boat ride.