Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony spent a lot of time in his career playing for the New York Knicks, so Saturday’s matchup between the two teams holds a special place of importance for him
“A lot of those guys on that team are close friends,” Anthony said about the Knicks, according to The Vertical’s Michael Lee.
“We talk, text, call. We always check up on each other. Other than that, I wish them guys the best. I hope New York can do it. They hold a special place for me.”
“At the end of the day, it’s business to me,” Anthony said.
“But I’d be lying if I said I’m not ecstatic to be going back and playing there. Like I said, I got a different feeling with New York. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. It’s a little bit special for me.”
Anthony is averaging a career-low 17.7 points per game on 40.0 percent shooting from the field and 34.4 percent shooting from three and should receive the loudest, negative or positive, reaction from the New York crowd when the two teams meet this weekend.
Pistons’ Dwane Casey Planning Flexibility with Blake Griffin, Thon Maker
Detroit Pistons’ head coach Dwane Casey has a creative approach in mind when he utilizes Blake Griffin and Thon Maker this upcoming season.
While the Pistons don’t have a true center outside of Andre Drummond, Casey sees opportunities to get creative with his lineups, depending on the situation at hand.
“I see it being very situational,” Casey said, according to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.
“The other guy we haven’t mentioned, we have played Blake at the five. Not good numbers off of that, so I don’t anticipate that but there are scenarios in the game, last two minutes of the game, where Blake could play the five. Looking for really a bump out of Thon, playing him at four/five, whatever it is, but a lot of nights if you look at the league, the rosters have gotten smaller and the traditional five has kind of gone the way of the dinosaur. The flexibility we have with Thon, with Markieff having the possibility of playing there, is really important.”
With Drummond focusing on developing his offense this offseason, the Pistons may lack some defense at the rim, and in the paint.
Heat’s Bam Adebayo Discusses Team Picking Up Option
Adebayo, the Heat’s starter at center, will make $3.5 million this season, and is now guaranteed $5.1 million in the 2020-2021 season.
“It’s definitely a confidence builder,” Adebayo said, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “It’s one of those things that a lot of guys don’t get to see, but I’m glad it happened to me. So we’re going to keep this thing going and see if we can win some more games.”
Adebayo collected 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists last season for Miami.
Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. Out to Prove Something this Season
While the New York Knicks made headlines as they whiffed on several big name free agents this summer, one of their promising young players believes that a big year is on the horizon.
Knicks’ guard Dennis Smith Jr., who was acquired from the Dallas Mavericks via trade, is looking to make a splash in his first full season with the Knicks.
“It’s just been relentless work. I feel like I’ve got something to prove,” Smith Jr. said, according to The New York Daily News’ Kristian Wingfield.
“I’ve got a chip on my shoulder still, but I’ve just been working. I try to attack each day and look at it as if I didn’t leave anything on the table. I got the most out of my day. … I’m gonna come in, bring that into training camp and be a leader, lead by example, earn my respect from these guys and then carry that into the season.”
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