Morning shootaround — July 26


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NEWS OF THE MORNING

Melo: It wasn’t about the money | Noah excited about new-look Bulls | Report: Johnson steps away from NBPA search | A longer All-Star break?

No. 1: Melo: It wasn’t about the moneyCarmelo Anthony re-signed with the New York Knicks for five years and $124 million, a year and $28 million more than he could gotten from any other team. But, in speaking with ESPN on Friday, Anthony said that his decision wasn’t about the money and that he doesn’t think the Knicks are “that far away” from contending for a championship:

Carmelo Anthony said it was not the money, but instead his confidence in team president Phil Jackson and his belief that the New York Knicks “aren’t that far away from contending for an NBA title,” that made him opt to remain in New York instead of signing with the Chicago Bulls.

“I want to win. I don’t care about the money,” Anthony told ESPN.com. “I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that.

“I don’t think we’re that far away,” he added. “People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.”

In what were believed to be Anthony’s first public comments since agreeing to a five-year deal worth $124 million earlier this month, he told ESPN.com that the decision was so agonizing in the final days that he could not watch TV or go on the Internet.

“It was overwhelming,” Anthony said. “It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”

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No. 2: Noah excited about new-look Bulls — The Chicago Bulls added Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott this summer, and hope to have a healthy Derrick Rose back. But Joakim Noah is still their most important player when you take both ends of the floor into account. Noah spoke with reporters on Friday and is ready to get to work with the Bulls’ revamped roster, as K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune writes:

“I’m happy for LeBron James,” Noah said, a sly smile forming. “He gets to go home. People are happy over there. But I really hope that we can kick his ass as many times as possible.”

This NBA offseason indeed has seen James move from the Heat to his home-state Cavaliers. It has featured Noah prominently recruiting Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol in free agency and rehabbing a left knee that needed minor arthroscopic knee surgery at season’s end.

Noah said the knee feels “great.” His outlook for next season is the same.

“I’m really, really excited about the Bulls,” Noah said. “(General manager Gar Forman) and (executive vice-president John Paxson) and everybody did a really good job. It just makes you want to work hard and be as ready as possible for the season.”

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No. 3: Report: Johnson steps away from NBPA search — Our Steve Aschburner reported Friday that the NBPA could have a new executive director next week in Las Vegas. But Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson won’t be a part of the final decision, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports:

Advisory search committee chairman Kevin Johnson lost a power struggle with the National Basketball Players Association executive committee and will be absent on Monday when a new executive director is elected in Las Vegas, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Two of the three candidates include Dallas Mavericks CEO Terdema Ussery and Washington D.C. attorney Michele Johnson, sources told Yahoo Sports.

Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento and a former Phoenix Suns guard, had wanted to play a larger controlling role in the Monday meetings to present three finalists for the job, and executive committee members balked at the idea, citing U.S. Department of Labor regulations and NBPA bylaws, sources said.

Johnson sent an abrupt email to player agents on Friday evening, telling them his committee was “no longer involved in the search process,” and “while we’d hoped to help bring this to completion, it’s clear that won’t be possible.”

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No. 4: A longer All-Star break? — Some NBA players have approaced commissioner Adam Silver about a longer All-Star break, which isn’t much of a break for All-Stars. And it appears that Silver was listening. Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that a one-week break is part of the schedule planning, which should be done in the next couple of weeks:

The NBA is poised to turn the All-Star break into All-Star week this coming season, the Sun Sentinel has learned, providing teams with a full week off at midseason.

The move, which would give players seven days off between games in mid-February, would result in an increase of one or two back-to-back sets per team for the coming season, a party familiar with the process said.

“That’s the model they’re using right now while they’re filling in the schedule,” an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. “Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That’s possible. But the week off looks like what’s going to happen.”

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: The Knicks made a LOL offer for Kevin Love … Still recovering from foot surgery, Carlos Delfino won’t be representing Argentina at the FIBA World CupShelvin Mack is returning to the Hawks on a three-year deal … And after clearing waivers, Omri Casspi will sign a minimum deal with the Kings.

ICYMI of The Night: Charles Barkley talked about LeBron James’ return to Cleveland:


VIDEO: Barkley On LeBron’s Decision Part II

23 Comments

  1. Big F says:

    Y’all keep sleeping on the Knicks!! They have a squad and if they are all healthy watch out!

  2. Kirby Record says:

    Anthony could have helped more with the rebuilding by giving up some cash and letting the Knicks use it for a good player. But it was fully his right to stay with NY and hope for the best.

    Wiggins plus James would be interesting in a few years but so is Love plus James. I really think so many non Cavs fans hate this ides because it just MIGHT put James in another finals with a chance to win it all. A bit better than this year’s Heat team anyway. Good enough to beat Spurs? Maybe not but Spurs will find it much tougher next year to get out of the West. And the East is at least interesting again with Bulls, Cavs, Heat and a few upstarts in the mix.

    • Jae Porter says:

      Between taxes & the cost of living in new york Anthony will be making roughly 67 mil of the 124 offered to him

  3. Rollie says:

    Finally, it will be the SPURS vs BULLS in the 2015 NBA Finals……For sure, it will be a back-to-back Championship for the SPURS.

  4. Garbel says:

    The way i see it Lebron doesnt want to share the limelight w Wiggins because he knows the boy is a beast of an athlete and he got game!

  5. alftribe says:

    chicago?they cnt win title,pau much better to retire he’s just like an old stuff in the court. knicks? comm’n..melo is not a versatile player,one-stop shop player,recieved only a ball and then take a shot,no court play most of the time he’s selfish in the court wanted to be mvp.

    • Jamma says:

      Pau Gasol is out of gas. What Chicago needs is someone with gas. The only place you can get gas is at a gas station. Chicago needs to go to a gas station and fill up that tank the right way.

  6. tom says:

    100% Agree

  7. T gas TT ako says:

    if rose will be healthy all year,, i see BULLS VS SPURS in the finals next season,, unless the CAVS get LOVE,, cant wait the season to start

  8. T gas TT ako says:

    Money is the root of all evil!!!!

  9. jdub455 says:

    if it wasnt bout the money, then he shld have done a nowitzki/dwade move which would have gave their team more salary cap to begin with… of course it was about the money and winning…. but with the current makeup of the team, it hasnt established its identity yet… esp on the D side

    • Sam says:

      He could have taken less than $124 million, but it wouldn’t have helped the knicks anyways because they are way above the salary cap. So why bother? Might as we’ll sign a max contract

    • TTKIN says:

      The diff is that nowitzki is older and on his last contract. And Wade’s knees are being held together by staples and paper clips.

      By comparison, Melo is much younger than dirk, and is still in his prime, unlike dirk. Compared to wade, they are similar in age, but wade is clearly on the down and out, and like I said, melo is still in his prime.

      I agree with you, just not your comparisons. Cuz it is literally impossible for a guy to sign a contract that “is not about the money” when that contract is paying him nearly 25 mill a year. If it wasn’t about the money, he woulda signed with CHI cuz while he thinks NY isn’t that far away from being a contender, CHI is for sure a contender right now.

  10. MrNBA says:

    Still can’t stop laughing at the jilted Heat fans who, just days before James went back to Cleveland, felt really confident they will get their 3 back plus Melo. Good luck building around Bosh.

  11. Al Brander says:

    Still holding my breath on the Wiggins for Love deal. Don’t want that to happen. The Cavs would be better off with the squad they have now, could still win a title within 2 season keeping Wiggins and letting him develop next to LeBron: http://straighthoops.com/whats_love_got_to_do_with_it.html

  12. harrythehawk says:

    Looking good! Let’s Go Hawks!!!!

    • RAYCA F. says:

      I think MiamI GONNA PUT OUT CAVS IN THE PLAYOFFS….LOL…..SURPRISE ,SURPRISE !!!1