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Carmelo Anthony said on Friday that he would prefer to play fewer minutes per game.
Melo leads the league through nine contests at 40.5 minutes per game and is worried that the exertion is too much for the shoulder he rehabbed during the offseason. Interestingly, despite playing over three minutes more per game than last year, he is taking slightly fewer shots and getting to the line less. His stats won't necessarily go down with his minutes and only an injury will prevent Melo from putting up elite numbers.The NBA fined J.R. Smith $25,000 "for directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account, in violation of NBA rules."
J.R. lashed out at Brandon Jennings on Twitter in retaliation for remarks Jennings posted on Twitter regarding J.R.'s brother and fellow Knick, Chris Smith. J.R. was suspended for five games at the start of the season for a drug violation. Coach Mike Woodson is perturbed, telling J.R. if he doesn't change his behavior "eventually no team is going to want to deal with you." This is the same amount J.R. was fined two years ago for pictures he posted to Twitter. It's doubtful the most recent episode will affect his playing time, although his current 25.7 percent field goal shooting may.Iman Shumpert and Coach Mike Woodson had a heated exchange near the bench during Thursday's loss to Houston.
This is only news because of the trade rumors surrounding Shumpert, which intensified Friday when Woodson said the rumors are simply "part of the business." For his part, Shumpert said he is trying to "limit the distractions" because there is nothing he can do about it. The rumors have focused on a swap with Denver for Kenneth Faried, but at last February's deadline Phoenix inquired about Shumpert and they could still be interested.Tyson Chandler was still on crutches Friday at a charity event.
Chandler is quoted as saying he has no clue if he will be able to return from his fractured right leg injury in three weeks, the short end of his initial 4-6 week prognosis. Keep him on the bench if you are able to stash him, but in shallower leagues it makes sense to cut bait on Chandler. Rebounds are one of the easiest categories to find on the waiver wire.Amare Stoudemire has not been cleared to play full time for the Knicks, and will be held out of every other game until further notice.
He played just five minutes in the first half on Thursday and missed all three of his shots. For now, he has no fantasy value in any sized league.Bargnani is no longer the Knick's worse defensive player. That prestige goes to the former Tar heel 2 Chinz FeltonHustla23 before every game