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Banana Boat plans: Carmelo Anthony wanted to team with Chris Paul, LeBron in Houston

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The Knicks plans to trade Carmelo Anthony dragged out deep into the summer offseason — much farther than Anthony or the Knicks wanted them to. The reason? Anthony had a no trade clause and was insistent on going to Houston or nowhere. The Rockets were interested, but only if they could send Ryan Anderson out (he was owed $60 million over three years coming into this season) and other players, and the Knicks didn’t want him. Third teams were engaged, but no deal was done.

Anthony, through it all, expected the pieces to come together — and thought he, Chris Paul, and James Harden would team up this season, then be joined by LeBron James next season, reports Ian Begley of ESPN.

He’d been talking to friends about teaming up with Chris Paul and, eventually, LeBron James in Houston and how the Rockets could match up with the defending champion Golden State Warriors. He went as far as to detail individual matchups between that hypothetical Rockets team and the Warriors, surmising that he and the Rockets could take out the Warriors. For most of the offseason, Anthony was confident that the Knicks and Rockets would get a deal together.

They couldn’t.

Eventually, the Knicks new front office — Steve Mills and Scott Perry — came to Anthony with a plan to go to the Thunder, and that came together. That big three got off to a rough start this season, and while the offense is still a lot of “you take a turn, now you take a turn” they are starting to find more of a groove and winning games.

Rumors of the Rockets chasing LeBron this summer refuse to die, although to pull it off would require not only moving Anderson but Eric Gordon and a lot more of the team’s depth (especially if LeBron isn’t giving any discounts, the best way to make this work is for LeBron to do what CP3 did last year, opt into the last year of his current contract for a trade). But it’s not likely — and unless Anthony wants to opt out of $28 million to play for the minimum, he’s not joining them.

I think LeBron and Wade in Cleveland are as close to Team Banana Boat as we are going to get.

After losing to his father in golf, Stephen Curry leaps into Lake Tahoe

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Golf fanatic Stephen Curry was clearly enjoying himself on the links at the American Century Championship celebrity golf event in Lake Tahoe this past weekend.

But he couldn’t beat his father, Dell.

The price? Curry (and his caddy) had to jump in the lake. Check out the video above.

For the record, Tony Romo won the event.

 

Spurs’ pick Chimezie Metu to miss time with fractured wrist

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Chimezie Metu showed some promise in the Summer League games he played for San Antonio, scoring 12.5 points a game on 55 percent shooting in Las Vegas, and 10.7 per game on 54 percent shooting in Salt Lake City. The second round pick of the Spurs (No. 49 overall) is raw and needs a lot of development, but he can get buckets. The potential is there.

That development is going to be on hold a while, as what was thought to be a sprained wrist has turned out to be a fracture.

From Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

After an examination Saturday, the Spurs medical staff downgraded second-round pick Chimezie Metu’s left wrist injury from a sprain to a fracture, a league source said Saturday.

Metu was injured late in the Spurs’ 95-90 win over Washington on July 8 at the Las Vegas Summer League, when he landed awkwardly after leaping to catch a lob pass at the rim. The 6-foot-10 big man finished the game but was sidelined for the remainder of the schedule.

After undergoing X-rays at the Thomas & Mack Center, Metu was diagnosed with a sprain. But Spurs’ team doctors suspected a possible fracture, which was confirmed after Metu returned to San Antonio on Saturday.

Metu should be good to go by training camp. Metu is hoping his summer and training camp play will earn him a roster spot, although the Spurs tend not to sign second-round picks the year they were drafted (they tend to let them spend a year or two in the G-League or in Europe). A lot of his chances on making the roster depend on any other moves the Spurs make this summer and what their roster looks like come the fall.

French NBA stars (and others) react to France World Cup win

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For the second time in it’s history, France is the World Cup champion.

Celebrations erupted all over France, and in French enclaves around the world — and the celebrations spilled over to social media. NBA players from France were posting their joy, as you’d expect.

Other NBA players, international and domestic, also were in on the party.

Even some NBA teams got in on the online congratulations party.

Watch best of Wendell Carter Jr. at Summer League

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I will own my mistake: Coming into the NBA Draft I was not high on Wendell Carter Jr., particularly how well he would defend at the NBA level.

I missed on that one — he has impressed me and everyone else in Las Vegas at Summer League. While nobody should ever read too much into Summer League perormances, he has shown potential on both ends of the court. Check out his highlights above

His offensive game is everything that was advertised — versatile and polished. He has nailed turnarounds in the post, can score with either hand, has a jump shot with real range, and he is a smart and willing passer. Defensively he has been physical, works hard and uses his athleticism to be dispruptive.

We will see how he fares against NBA-level competition (and how he pairs with Jabari Parker and the rest of the Bulls frontcourt), but the work ethic and tools are there. The Bulls may have something in Carter Jr.