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Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is scheduled to meet with reticent team president Phil Jackson sometime this week, according to ESPN, after Anthony twice requested a meeting in recent days. The report presents a slightly different picture of the franchise’s latest mini-crisis than Anthony did Monday, when he made it seem as if he was available to speak to Knicks brass — if they wanted to approach him. “If they want to come talk to me, I’m around them guys every day,” Anthony said following a loss to the Hawks that dropped the Knicks to 18-24. “I don’t want this to be going back and forth with me and management because it’s really nothing.” NY Post
A day after saying he hasn't thought about waiving his no-trade clause, Carmelo Anthony said he remains loyal to the New York Knicks and doesn't feel the need to prove that loyalty to anyone. "I think I've proven that. I don't have to speak on that. I think I've proven that over the years, day in and day out," Anthony said after the Knicks' 108-107 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday. "Regardless of what's going on that's surrounding this team, any talk, anything I've still showed that me being here, coming to work, being professional, got to answer your guys' questions every day, got to deal with you all, I still remain positive about that. I don't think I have to prove that to anybody." ESPN.com
At least the Knicks still have their humor. Carmelo Anthony referred to Ron Baker as "Burgundy" during his halftime interview on MSG Monday. NY Daily News
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will become a restricted free agent at season's end, but the Detroit Pistons have been loud about their desire to retain him. And the sentiment apparently flows all the way to the top. During a brief interview with reporters Sunday, Pistons owner Tom Gores expressed a strong desire to retain the 23-year-old shooting guard. Even if means signing Caldwell-Pope to a maximum-level contract. Michigan Live
"I know Kentavious well," Gores said. "He is a hard worker, he is reliable and he is improving everyday. He should be a Piston. That's just bottom line: he has what it takes to be a Piston." Michigan Live
Spurs backup point guard Patty Mills is set to return to action Tuesday night against Minnesota after an injured left calf forced him to miss Saturday’s loss to Phoenix in Mexico City. “It was a precautionary thing, making sure stuff doesn’t get worse,” Mills said. “That’s the best thing that we do, managing everyone and everyone’s play and niggling injuries so that we can last a whole season.” San Antonio Express-News
Nerlens Noel said he had hurt his left ankle in Saturday's game at Washington, and it didn't respond in pregame workouts the way he would have liked, thus the late decision to not play. "I'm fine," he said. "I should be able to go Wednesday". . . The Bucks had won the previous nine games against the Sixers . . . The eight players in double figures for the Sixers was a season high . . . The Sixers outrebounded the Bucks by 51-38, the fourth time this season they've had 50 or more rebounds. Philadelphia Daily News
Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams will miss Monday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers with a concussion, the team said. Adams is in the league's mandated concussion protocol; the timetable for his return is unknown. ESPN.com
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