Monday was the start of training camp for the New York Knicks…sort of, but not really. In actuality, the Knicks simply reported to Greenburgh and answered questions from throngs of reporters at the annual Media Day. Finally on Tuesday the boys in blue and orange will start passing and dribbling and shooting basketballs – and hopefully doing all of that well.
Until then, we’re reduced to reacting to what the Knicks said to the press on Monday. Or in the case on the Knicks’ franchise player, what he didn’t say. The most “newsworthy” (give those quotation marks a lot of credence, by the way) thing to come out of Monday’s player availability was Carmelo Anthony’s refusal to talk in specifics about his contract situation. That situation, for those who may not know, is that Anthony has two years left on his deal but can opt out of the final year after this season. He’s almost certainly going to do that, but obviously wouldn’t admit it on Monday.
“I’m not going to go through the season thinking about my contract. There’s really no need to at this point. There’s no need to talk about it.”
Which is really fine, because as we mentioned, everyone knows Melo is going to opt out. It makes the most sense for him to renegotiate a contract a year earlier, since he’ll be a year younger and still closer to his peak prime. Whether or not he re-signs with the Knicks is an issue, although I would venture to say the odds are in the Knicks’ favor right now. And newly-appointed President and GM Steve Mills noted that the franchise wants to keep Anthony in town.
He’s [Anthony] one of the superstars who don’t come around very often. While it is premature in the process, we have made it very clear we have every intention of making Carmelo a Knick for a long time to come.’’
So everyone is saying what we’d expect them to say.
Oh yeah! Almost forgot, the Knicks announce they picked up the option on head coach Mike Woodson’s contract for the 2014-15 season. So there’s another thing to file in the “Actually Means Nothing” department. As for actual on-the-court news concerning Woodson, the coach said he’d use training camp to try out different lineups and wouldn’t commit to anything just yet.
Metta World Peace, naturally, used Media Day to answer questions very honestly, or literally, or just amazingly. Some sample, actual, real-life quotes:
“The only thing I shake up is my milk … what shakeup?”
“As far as me being comfortable, I am most comfortable in the bed.”
“Foreigners, not from America … I can’t give a comparison. I haven’t played with Bargnani yet. They are good guys, they like to read. Read to achieve. I love you guys.”
We love you too, Metta.
And of course the most important bit of information of the day came from, naturally, The Michael Kay Show, where Mills stated that he has no plans to hire Isiah Thomas. Which is really a shame, because the Knicks could always use some more competent ball boys, I feel.
Thankfully, mercifully, finally we have some basketball to talk about from now on.