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Friday, December 16, 2011
Carmelo tired of Paul talk

By Ian Begley

How would Carmelo Anthony feel if he were in his buddy Chris Paul's shoes? Would he like his future being controlled by David Stern?

"I would feel just like Chris felt. I would be disappointed, I’d be frustrated, I’d be upset," Anthony said. "But you know, Chris got what he wanted, it went through."

Paul was dealt to the Clippers late Wednesday for three players and a draft pick. Stern nixed an earlier deal that would have sent Paul to the Lakers.

The Knicks were believed to be Paul's preferred destination. They were prepared to clear enough cap space for the summer of 2012 to land the superstar point guard.

But once Glen Grunwald realized he wouldn't have the requisite cap space to pay Paul or another top free agent in 2012, he turned his attention to Tyson Chandler. The Knicks acquired Chandler in a three-team sign-and-trade deal late last week.

Because of Paul's reported desire to come to the Knicks, Anthony has been asked about Paul's situation again and again over the past 10 days.

He said on Thursday that he's tired of hearing about it.

"No more David Stern talk from nobody," he said. "Not from me, not from Chris and I hope from nobody else. I'm tired of talking about it, I’m tired of hearing about it and everybody just focus on basketball."

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