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Monday, March 12th, 2012 at 11:20 am  |  43 responses

Report: Carmelo Anthony Was Against the Knicks Signing JR Smith


According to the NY Post, ‘Melo wasn’t exactly thrilled when the Knicks inked his former Nuggets teammate JR Smith: “Contrary to popular belief, Anthony was leery of the Knicks bringing in his former Denver teammate three weeks ago and gave a thumbs down to upper management, according to a person close to the Knicks superstar. Publicly, Anthony said all the right things about Smith, who was fined $25,000 by the NBA Saturday for tweeting a photo of a partially naked woman in his Milwaukee hotel room. A couple of weeks before the signing, Anthony was asked if the Knicks should sign his former teammate who has a thuggish reputation. Anthony and Smith share the same agent, Leon Rose. ‘If it happens, it happens and I’ll be happy,’ Anthony said publicly before the signing. But, according to the source, Anthony was not gung-ho and was ‘hurt’ Knicks upper management tossed his advice out the window.”

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  • TW Carl

    Where would you like to go next, Melo?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    if the rules allowed 2 balls he probably wouldn’t mind

  • Rudy

    Thuggish reputation? How about just a bad reputation overall?

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Tahiry > LaLa

  • MookieBlaylock

    I remember seeing a clip of JR Smith on NBATV his rookie year, after a game he scored 18 points he said something to the affect of- If I could trade those 18 points for some 3s and a few highlight dunks, I would.

    I will now try to find that clip.

  • toinefan88

    lol @ Mookie. That’s how he plays too.

  • AD

    jr should have went to the clippers, smh

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Leon Rose, Len Rosen. Two in the same jew?

  • Brent

    @Mookie I remember that clip too. I want to say JR Smith said that after playing against the 76er’s. He was mad because Andre Iguidala had a couple of nice dunks that game and JR Smith didn’t do anything flashy but had solid all around game.

  • Sizzle

    Melo and Lin for Deron and Marshon Brooks. Knicks get a better PG and a prospect at SG-SF. Nets get a real wing option and a prospect at PG. Even trade…

  • bmorezbest

    somebody lyin they “alledgedly” said the same thing about baron too, and they said they were against lin as well when wholetime melo is the one that said give lin a chance

  • bballdatazz

    Wow. Tahiry over Lala? Smh. Shows how much class you got.

  • Kadavour

    fun anagram there LakeShow. JR is a knuckle-head. I too remember one of those rookie spotlight shows where Smith admitted to still getting his ass whipped by his father. He’s a pretender. This kid is exactly what’s wrong with the league. What waste of talent. and yes, Tahiry >>> Lala

  • Kadavour

    Sizzle, those are two guys the Net’s AREN’T trading. They’re both INSTANT buckets.

  • Sizzle

    @Kadavour I agree the trade won’t happen but I don’t think it would be bad for either party. I think Melo’s rep though has taken a hit, now people get to see more of him since he isn’t in Denver and I hate to use the term “ball-stopper” but that is exactly what he does. I used to think LeBron did that too much but Melo takes it to an entirely different level and plays no D on top of it..

  • Shem

    Can you blame him? For a team already having trouble moving the ball, signing a chucker isn’t the best move.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/03/report-carmelo-anthony-was-against-the-knicks-signing-jr-smith/ bike

    What, exactly, is a ‘partially naked woman’?

  • Luther

    I don’t blame Melo for not wanting J.R. he hasn’t been on the team that long and already is becoming a distraction, adding problems to the struggling team.

  • alex80

    STAT and Melo the Bad-desition-makers, Amar’e should stayed in PHX, and Melo should go the Gym or a little cardio in the morning

  • MookieBlaylock

    @ Brent, yep. His parents must be so proud.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Yea Tahiry>>>LaLa if i just want somethin to fu*k. But as a wife, LaLa>>>Tahiry all day

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    @bike google jr smith and tahiry

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    This is just going to make the team worst. Too bad Donnie Walsh didn’t know that Utah was willing to trade D-Will before trading for Melo. He would’ve given up less AND the Knicks would’ve had an actual team playing together. We have too many divas who don’t get along, man.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Orange, what say you?

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man, I told y’all the Deron trade made since months ago. Some of y’all thought I was crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sorry, “made sense.”

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Why is the NBA allowed to fine you for posting something on your twitter account? He didn’t tweet it during a game, she wasn’t posing nude in an NBA locker room. I don’t get it.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    @Dfrance, David Stern just mad that J.R. Smith prolly has more followers than @NBA now after that picture!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    As do many of us France. It makes no sense. That ass was just on a magazine cover anyway.

  • Michelle

    JR is shooting more then Melo and Amare in half of their minutes :S
    Lin needs to lower his shotattempts as well and keep everyone happy because else that will be a big mess come playoff time

  • Kadavour

    …because he represents the NBA and its brand in a very public sphere. let’s not be naive here

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Not being naive, i understand that reasoning, I just think its bogus.

  • LA Huey

    If this is true, why would the Knicks leak this?
    Also, why does JR get fined for the picture and Stephen Jackson doesn’t when he replied to a dude dogging SJax for how he’s “ruining” his fantasy team with “fuk yo team clown”

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Whether the player is stupid enough to make their personal life public is their personal business, not the teams. Let’s not act like JR Smith posting a picture of an ass you can see in the isles of Wal Mart is as bad as some of the other things players have done off the court. It was without a doubt, insensitive and stupid. But it has NOTHING to do with the Knicks.

  • ClydeSays

    Even Melo knows having 2 shooters-without-a-conscience on the same team is a bad idea..

  • trueballer

    its clear that melo does not fit on this team since he came back from injury they have lost.. he screws up the offense, trade melo and stat for howard with future draft picks..! wish i was a GM

  • Lloyd

    joe budden gets no love

  • nic

    Knicks should sign Kobe and drose and Durant

  • http://hoopshirts.com hoop shirts

    First of all I want to thanks JR Smith for that Twitpic. Secondly JR definitely has a bad reputation, but are you really gonna take advice from Carmelo on personnel issues? Does he have any front office experience? Yes he played with JR in Denver, but if anything he didn’t want him around because he knows JR will take away his touches with his selfish game. I like both dudes, but you know Carmelo wants the rock.

  • Mike

    Take it from a Nuggets fan they’ll both kill you. They stop the flow of the offense. Atleast Jr will attempt defense

  • Druyorkcity

    Say what u want about him but that man knows in role. Melo just mad cuz he know smith impacting games better than him right now

  • Treshiq

    @Mike as a fellow Nuggets fan…aren’t you just breathing a sigh of relief here..Phew
    @ Michelle..it’ll be a mess BEFORE playoffs…as the Knicks won’t be anywhere near it. I say they finish tenth.

  • @stophatin

    j.r. is himself, STOP HATIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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