Phil Jackson wants the Knicks to be the first or the last team to meet with Carmelo Anthony this week so they can leave an impression on him.
Wade informed the Miami Heat that he — like LeBron James earlier in the week — would opt out of his contract, increasing the likelihood that the team’s main cast would stick around.
History shows that teenagers have had great success in the N.B.A., and the league should welcome prodigies and celebrate their achievements.
You start here with Phil Jackson, who had a very good week that might be followed by a bad one if Carmelo Anthony leaves town: If he can figure things out well enough to get rid of Tyson Chandler, who had to go, and get a much better point guard than he had, and actually get the equivalent of a first-round draft choice in Cleanthony Early, he can figure things out with Anthony whether he has to give him a max deal or not.
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday inside Brooklyn’s 40/40 Club, a group of 15 family members and friends celebrated the Knicks’ selection of former Wichita State small forward Cleanthony Early with the No. 34 pick of the NBA draftAt the same time, more than 1,300 miles west in Wichita, Greg Heiar, the Wichita State assistant coach who recruited Early from a Division III junior college in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., processed the pick.