Tag: Carmelo Anthony

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

Report: Knicks realize they likely strikeout with Marc Gasol this summer, will try anyway


Marc Gasol has slimmed down and is having a career year so far, an MVP-like season — 19.8 points a game on 50.4 percent shooting, plus is pulling down 8.2 rebounds a game. He has a PER of 23.2 and is the rim protector and anchor on the fourth best defense in the NBA. He has been the best center in the game and the Grizzlies are off to a 15-4 start.

He’s doing all that in a contract year — Gasol will be a free agent this summer.

Which means teams are lining up to take a shot at landing him, including the New York Knicks who rightfully think he’d be a perfect big man fit in the triangle offense.

But the Knicks realize that they are likely going to strikeout with this quest, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post (hat tip Matt Moore at Eye on Basketball).

As the Knicks plummet to the bottom of the league, a source told The Post the club doesn’t believe its chances are too good of landing the Grizzlies stud center with their 2015 cap space — not that Knicks president Phil Jackson won’t try like mad….

The Knicks’ lone edge is Gasol is best friends with point guard Jose Calderon, his teammate on Spain’s national team.

While the Knicks, who lost 90-87 to the Cavaliers Thursday night at the Garden, were confident they would land LeBron James entering 2010 free agency, they realize the odds are against them for Gasol. If he leaves Memphis, he likely will choose a title contender, not the woebegone Knicks.

The general sense around the league right now is that Marc Gasol isn’t going anywhere — Gasol is a max player, Grizzlies can and will offer the most money (an extra guaranteed year and larger raises). Money talks. In addition he’s in a city he likes and is comfortable with, plays in a system he both likes and is the focal point of, and he is playing on a team that’s a potential contender (although I think they need a little more shooting and depth).

If he does leave, the most interesting option would be the San Antonio Spurs, who reportedly covet Gasol as a replacement for Tim Duncan should The Big Fundamental decide to retire after this season (a distinct possibility). The Spurs would have the money for a max offer (four years) and the lure of playing in that system for Gregg Popovich would be strong.

Marc’s brother Pau Gasol said that Marc signing with the Knicks was “possible.” They should at least try. We know that the Lakers and just about every other team with cap space this summer are going to make calls to Marc and his agent come July 1 when free agency opens. He will have options and plenty of suitors if he wants to be courted (ala Carmelo Anthony). So far Marc himself has refused to discuss his pending free agency, which always fuels speculation because the internet abhors a vacuum.

But next year expect to see Gasol wearing the same uniform he’s wearing now. It’s all about the money.

Kemba Walker scores at the buzzer to beat Knicks (VIDEO)

Charlotte Hornets vs New York Knicks

This had all the makings of another painful loss for the Hornets.

Charlotte led by as many as 21 points, before the Knicks came all the way back to claim a one-point lead, courtesy of a three-pointer from Carmelo Anthony with 40 seconds left.

All New York had to do was get one stop to seal the victory, but Kemba Walker had other ideas.

With the clock winding down, Walker blew by his defender on the perimeter, and with no help defense anywhere in sight, he was able to get all the way to the basket to convert the game-winning shot just before time had expired.

The victory snapped the Hornets’ 10-game losing streak, and the Knicks fell to 4-17 on the season.

Kobe Bryant on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony bypassing Lakers: ‘What the hell do you want me to do?’

Carmelo Anthony (L), LeBron James (C) an

In an era stars often team up, Kobe Bryant is stuck alone with the Lakers, using possessions at a historic rate.

That’s not by design, of course.

The Lakers chased LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony this summer – reportedly even delaying their coaching search to appease the free agents. But after those failed pursuits, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak called his team’s chances of signing either play unrealistic.

Revisionist history? Probably not in reality, but perhaps to the Lakers.

Since, a compelling case has emerged Kobe’s presence dissuades players from joining the Lakers. Kobe – who flew back to Los Angeles for Melo’s visithas shrugged off those concerns, but he’s addressing them more directly now.

Kobe, via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

“Facts are, ‘Melo stayed in New York, partly because it was a great financial decision,” Bryant told Yahoo. “LeBron going home speaks for itself.

“What the hell do you want me to do?”

Bryant shrugged and smiled. “Helps the click-thrus, though.”

Melo did sign with the Knicks because of they money, and LeBron did sign with the Cavaliers because going home appealed to him.

But those weren’t insurmountably great situations for either player.

LeBron considered re-signing with the Heat. Melo considered several teams, most notably the Bulls. If the Lakers were at their most appealing, perhaps LeBron and Melo would have more strongly considered Los Angeles.

It says something the Lakers couldn’t generate more traction with either. Maybe it speaks to Kobe’s attitude or Kobe’s production or the shrinking importance of market size in personal branding or any number of other factors. Of course, the Kobe-related issues will draw the most attention.

What more could Kobe have done to attract LeBron or Melo? Be 10 years young, take a retroactive pay cut and change his style of play – and that still might not be enough.

The Lakers aren’t drawing prime free agents. Kobe’s presence plays a role, but that’s different than blaming him for his inaction. It’s just not in his power to do more at this point.