Analysts criticize Carmelo Anthony for desire to become free agent

Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony has taken heat from analysts for expressing his desire to test free agency.

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony should focus on trying to get players to join him in New York, not creating uncertainty about whether he would leave.


That’s the opinion of TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, who are bothered by Anthony’s desire to become a free agent after this season.

Though Anthony has said he’s happy in New York, he also has said he intends to become a free agent next summer. Barkley says Monday he was “disappointed” when he heard that.

Smith, a New York native, says the Knicks need to get to a point where players would take less money because they want to come to New York to play with Anthony.

PACERS: Danny Granger tried to brush aside any new concerns about his injured left calf Monday.

Pacers fans can only hope he’s right.

Hours after the Pacers announced Granger would miss three weeks with a muscle strain, he walked out of practice with a smile and insisted this injury is nothing like the one that kept him out of action most of last season.

“It’s not terrible,” he said. “I can run up and down the court but when I start jumping, it feels like a knot in my calf where I hurt it. They (the doctors) just said to sit out until I didn’t feel it.”

FINE: The NBA docked Memphis Grizzlies forward Ed Davis $15,000 for making excessive and unnecessary contact with Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas.

TIMBERWOLVES: Joined the City of Minneapolis in annoucning a $97 million renovation plan for Target Center.

The long-negotiated plan finally was announced Monday and is scheduled to be voted on for approval by the City Council on Nov. 12



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