Despite the Knicks efforts to trade him and his unhappiness in New York, as the Knicks ready for training camp Carmelo Anthony remains the elephant in the room at Madison Square Garden.
Behind closed doors at the Knicks practice facility the scrimmages have begun, a crowd of about 15 players working out together, acclimating to each other and readying for the start of camp next week.
But Carmelo Anthony has remained away from the court in Westchester, instead gathering an assortment of some of the best players in the NBA – and a few Knicks teammates – at a gym in midtown Manhattan. Tim Hardaway Jr., Joakim Noah and Lance Thomas have been spotted there, along with the likes of Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Chris Paul.
Maybe Anthony didn’t expect to be a part of the Knicks, as unwelcome at the practice facility as he was at Madison Square Garden much of last season when since-deposed team president Phil Jackson pushed and prodded to try to get him to waive his no-trade clause and facilitate his departure. He outlasted Jackson and even gave the team an opening, agreeing to a deal with the Houston Rockets if the team could make it work.
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The new management team with team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry have not been able to make a deal with the Rockets, perhaps wisely hanging onto Anthony rather than selling low as Jackson did in so many deals.
So barring an unexpected last ditch effort before training camp opens Monday in Greenburgh, NY, Anthony will be united with his teammates and coaches on the practice floor. The talk of moving forward in a rebuild around youth with Anthony gone seems to have been put on hold.
“I don’t think about it at all,” newcomer Michael Beasley said Tuesday. “Like, I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t watch TV. I don’t watch anybody else’s saga but my own. I’m coming into the Knicks and I’m looking forward…