Anthony keeping his options open
Carmelo Anthony, at the center of swirling trade rumors, said Monday at the Denver Nuggets’ media day that he never asked to be traded.
“I’m leaving my options open right now,” said Anthony, who will be a free agent after the upcoming season. “At the end of the season, I’ll sit down with my team, I’ll sit down with the Nuggets, and we’ll talk about it. This has been a long summer. I’m just excited to get back to the court.”
Anthony turned down a three-year, $65-million extension from the Nuggets during the off-season.
Over the weekend Denver tried to trade the three-time All-Star and was reportedly close to a megadeal that would have sent Anthony to the New Jersey Nets. Anthony, 26, has averaged 24.7 points a game in seven seasons with Denver.
LeBron James reported for work with his new team and said he didn’t expect Miami Heat teammate
Dwyane Wade to defer to him. “I wouldn’t have come here if he was going to be a different player. I don’t want that. I want the same DWade that I competed with for seven years,” James said.
James came under fire for his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, and for turning his choice into a nationally televised special.
James also insisted he is beyond the elbow injury that limited him in the Cavaliers’ second-round playoff demise against the Boston Celtics.
The Golden State Warriors made it official when they announced Keith
Smart as their new head coach, replacing Don Nelson.
Smart, 46, is best known for his game-winning shot in Indiana’s victory over Syracuse in the 1987 NCAA championship game. He has been a Warriors assistant coach for seven years.
The 70-year-old Nelson had coached the last four seasons at Golden State. But the Warriors were a disappointing 26-56 last season, finishing with the third-worst record in the Western Conference.