New York Knicks: La La Anthony

Woody: 'I love' what La La said on Melo

January, 29, 2014
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4:13
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Mike Woodson sounded giddy about La La Anthony's recent comments about her husband's future.

La La said in an interview with Bravo TV that she "definitely" thinks that Carmelo Anthony will stay in New York. Although Woodson knows Anthony still has to decide when he becomes a free agent, the Knicks' coach certainly liked what he heard.

"I love it," Woodson said Wednesday on "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I am saying the same thing. I think he is going to stay, I want him to stay. I think New York fans, they need him here. I think these past three years, the way he has played has been tremendous.

"And if he ends his career here, I don't think he’ll ever look back and say, well, if I should have or could have, I just don't think that will ever be an issue. I think Melo was built for New York, and I hope he stays here as well."

Anthony plans to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The Knicks can offer the All-Star a max contract worth $129 million over five years. If Anthony signs with another team, he can make $96 million over four years. Anthony said he wants to test free agency.

"Players say a lot of things," Woodson said. "At the end of the day, I am sure he will make the right decision. None of us can make that decision for him or force his hand, but when his wife comes out and says that ... and the coach says, I think he should stay here ... it just all goes hand in hand. He will make the right decision for he and his family."

SHUMP UPDATE: Woodson said Iman Shumpert's ailing shoulder is considered day-to-day.

The team will see how the swingman feels in the morning before determining his status for Thursday's game against Cleveland.

La La: Garnett didn't make cereal reference

January, 28, 2014
Jan 28
5:16
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Do you remember the Carmelo Anthony-Kevin Garnett dustup last year?

Do you remember hearing that Garnett made reference to a certain cereal in remarks he allegedly made to Carmelo?

Well, what you heard was inaccurate, according to La La Anthony.

Anthony writes in her new book, "The Playbook," that Garnett never made a reference to cereal when he was talking trash to Anthony.

Anthony was incensed at Garnett and later confronted him outside of the Celtics' locker room and the team bus.

He was suspended for his actions and sat out the Knicks' next game against Indiana.

"I wasn't ever going to bring up the Honey Nut Cheerios incident again. But since I'm writing this book, I might as well set the record straight for good," La La writes in the book, which was released Tuesday, according to the New York Post. "Kevin Garnett in fact had never said that I tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios. I tried to figure out how this big lie was turned into a media firestorm. I still can't answer that one ... Melo and Kevin are cool today. And now it's nothing but a faint memory."

Anthony adds: "At first I was embarrassed and angry but then I just had to laugh about it. I mean, that was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard and if Kevin Garnett had actually said that about me, what exactly did it mean?

"Because he and I were never more than passing acquaintances. It was just dumb.

"While people had a lot of fun with the whole Honey Nut Cheerios thing, the truth is they couldn't really take it much further than that because of how I carry myself."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Carmelo Anthony
PTS AST STL MIN
27.4 3.1 1.2 38.7
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsC. Anthony 8.1
AssistsP. Prigioni 3.5
StealsI. Shumpert 1.2
BlocksA. Bargnani 1.2