Tag: Carmelo Anthony

New Jersey Nets practice 05/07/2014

Add Brook Lopez to the list of players who dropped weight this summer


LeBron James.

Carmelo Anthony.

Now you can add Brook Lopez to the list of NBA stars who dropped weight this summer.

It makes a lot of sense for Lopez, coming off foot surgery that cost him most of last season, to want to drop some lbs and he did, the center told the New York Post.

Lopez, who arrived at training camp last fall weighing around 290 pounds before playing at a weight several pounds lighter, looked noticeably thinner while participating in a youth healthy lifestyle clinic at Barclays Center on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m at my playing weight,” Lopez said with a laugh. “I can attribute that to laying in bed for months, but I’m back to the weight that’s normal for me. Last I checked, I was just under 275 [pounds].”

Despite the success the Nets had going small last season new (and improved) coach Lionel Hollins is going to go big this season, with Brook Lopez at the heart of what the Nets do.

Brooklyn has the pieces to do some real damage in the East, but they are going to need monster years out of Lopez and Deron Williams. Both need to stay healthy and bounce back to form. That may be asking a lot.

But for Lopez, the weight loss is a good start.

Carmelo Anthony says Knicks will ‘absolutely’ make the playoffs next season

Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

The Knicks finished eight games below .500 last season, but in the Eastern Conference, that only meant missing the playoffs by a single game in the standings.

A combination of injuries, coaching and personnel issues contributed to the dismal campaign, just one year removed from a successful season where New York made the playoffs, and advanced to the second round for the first time in 13 years.

The team has undergone a relative overhaul this offseason, adding Phil Jackson to the front office and installing Derek Fisher as the new head coach. There have also been some changes to the roster, and the combination of all of that has Carmelo Anthony feeling confident about the Knicks making an immediate return to the postseason.

From Fred Kerber of the New York Post:

In fact, Anthony on Monday asserted his belief the Knicks “absolutely” will be back in the playoffs after missing out last season.

“Yeah, I think so for sure. Absolutely,” an impressively slimmed-down Anthony said of the Knicks’ playoff chances before entering a Midtown gym for a late morning-to-early afternoon workout with a group of NBA players. …

“I can’t wait to get started,” said Anthony, who missed the playoffs for the first time in his career when the Knicks stumbled to a 37-45 record last season. “No goals. Not setting any goals, but I just can’t wait to get it back on.”

That “Midtown gym” is more than likely Jordan Brand’s Terminal 23 space, where Anthony and other NBA players have been seen working out on a regular basis this summer.

The Knicks didn’t add any key free agents to where the expected level of improvement would be obvious, although Jose Calderon (who came over in the trade that sent Tyson Chandler to the Mavericks) is a significant upgrade at the point guard position, which was brutal for the majority of last season.

Anthony has been doing everything he can personally to prepare for the upcoming campaign, and once you get past Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, Toronto, Washington and maybe Brooklyn, nothing is guaranteed in terms of the playoffs.

He may not expect to win a championship in the upcoming season, but the playoffs certainly seem to be within reach.

Jim Boeheim says of Carmelo Anthony, “it would have been better to go to Chicago”

Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

On the court, right now, Jim Boeheim is right.

There are major other factors at play here — $47 million dollars, Phil Jackson, what his family wanted, stacks of dollar bills, Carmelo Anthony’s love of New York, and of course we’re talking about a whole lot of money — but in pure basketball terms, Boeheim is right.

Carmelo Anthony’s college coach and Team USA Assistant thinks Anthony the basketball player would have been better off in Chicago than re-signing in New York like he did because of the supporting cast,Boeheim told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.

“Just from a basketball point of view it would have been better to go to Chicago because they’ve got better players,” Boeheim, who coached Anthony on Syracuse’s national championship team in 2003, said on Monday. “But he wanted to be in New York and he wants to see if they can turn it around there. I think that’s a great thing.”

Would Anthony had left if Jackson was not hired to right the Knicks ship?

“I would think so. He stayed because he believes Phil,” Boeheim said. “Derek Fisher, he knows the game. If you’re going to pick a coach who hasn’t coached, he would be the guy I would pick. I think he’s a great choice. I talked to Derek a little bit. I think he’s really smart. I think he’ll be a really good coach. I think they’ll show significant improvement this year. If they get a couple of guys down the road, I think they’ll be good.”

It’s just hard to argue with any of what Boeheim said.

The Bulls are the better team. They wouldn’t have had Derrick Rose (who has looked great for Team USA), Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson (if Anthony took enough of a pay cut), Jimmy Butler and others. The Bulls are committed to a defensive system that would have helped mitigate Anthony on defense. The Bulls with Anthony (and frankly without but with Pau Gasol) are contenders in to win the East along with Cleveland. The Knicks are a rebuilding project.

Anthony had said from the start — including to PBT at one point — that he wanted to stay with the Knicks but he needed to see a plan. He needed to see the vision of the future with the organization. Phil Jackson is that future. He comes in with a philosophy and a system that has won. He brings hope and a direction to the Knicks. That was enough to keep Anthony. If Jackson wasn’t there and it was Steve Mills and owner James Dolan still meddling, Anthony would be gone.

Finally, Boeheim this is a great thing. He’s right. New York needs a big star and Anthony is that. Him staying was good for the NBA in a lot of ways.

Trainer says Carmelo Anthony slimmed down to lengthen career

Brooklyn Nets v New York Knicks

We don’t have a number, but Carmelo Anthony looks slimmer. There are reports he’s dropped weight.

Why? To extend the length of his career his trainer told ESPNNewYork.com.

“In anything, you get older, and getting leaner and lighter helps with the longevity of your career,” Anthony’s trainer, Idan Ravin, told ESPNNewYork.com in a phone conversation Thursday afternoon.

“He’s played a lot of years,” Ravin added. “He puts a lot of mileage on his legs, so the leaner and lighter you are, obviously the better.”

He said there was not an aggressive, specific weight loss program, it was more the result of increased cardio and Anthony working hard to stick with his diet. Basically what a lot of players — Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Steve Nash and others — do as they age.

There were also reports Anthony dropped weight to better fit in the triangle, and maybe that’s a part of it. But this is likely the larger reason. Much like LeBron James’ weight loss, this is about keeping knees and a body that has seen some milage healthy. Plus Anthony is again going to have to carry a huge load with the Knicks this year. He’s going to need to stay healthy and on the court.

Of course, if one were cynical, one would say Anthony is hoping to be around for the contract after this one.

Carmelo Anthony to receive half of his salary each year up front

Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

Most NBA players get paid like you and I do — on the 1st and 15th of the month money is automatically put into their account via direct deposit. Their paychecks are just a tad bigger than ours.

Carmelo Anthony is getting more of his cash up front.

Half of his salary each season will be a cash payment up front, reports the Wall Street Journal. Anthony will make just shy of $22.5 million next season, he will get $11.25 million of that up front. Not a bad haul.

(There was an earlier report that he was going to get half of his entire five-year, $124 million contract up front, a whopping $62 million — that’s not happening. Under the CBA a player can negotiate to get half of a season’s salary up front, but not the entire contract.)

Anthony isn’t the only Knick to do this, J.R. Smith gets half his salary each season up. One of them is probably spending/saving that more wisely than the other, I’ll let you take a stab at guessing that one.

The NBA players union suggested that players getting new deals arrange it so their contracts are paid out on a twice-monthly deal but for 36 months — to prepare for the potential of a 2017 lockout. That’s a bit frightening, to think abut.