Carmelo Anthony praised Phil Jackson for creating a more structured, positive working environment, revealing on Monday that “from day one last year the energy was just not right.”
Some locals are hoping King James’s return will revive the city’s economy, but experts say these predictions are wildly inflated and unlikely to last.
Chris Paul stole defensive rebounds from his own big men, the Clippers got 39 points from their bench, and it was all too much for the young Utah Jazz.
James Harden scored 35 points, and Houston defeated Philadelphia to improve to 4-0.
Darren Collison scored 21 points, including three free throws in the final 16.2 seconds, and the Sacramento Kings held off the Denver Nuggets 110-105 on Monday night.
Chandler Parsons scored 29 points, and hit a key 3-pointer, to lift Dallas, which led by 30 points before halftime for the second time in two home games.
Marc Gasol scored 16 points, Zach Randolph had 15, and Memphis extended its winning streak at home to a franchise-record 16 straight.
Mikhail D. Prokhorov offered up some jokes, one about the departure of the former Nets coach Jason Kidd, and then his team, with Brook Lopez back for the home opener, routed Oklahoma City.
Brook Lopez scored 18 points in his first regular-season game in about 11 months, and the Brooklyn Nets routed the injury-depleted Oklahoma City Thunder 116-85 on Monday night in their home opener.
James Harden also had nine rebounds, and Dwight Howard added 11 points and 14 rebounds to lead Houston to the win.
At 2-1, the Knicks are over .500 for the first time in more than a year, and they have been able to keep Anthony, their top scorer, from playing too many minutes.
Nothing resembles a bouncing ball so much as the 26-year history of professional basketball in Charlotte, N.C.