Carmelo Anthony indicated that the apology that was issued regarding his run-in with a heckler on Tuesday night was posted by the Knicks and not himself, Marc Berman of The New York Post writes. “Yeah I talked to [team owner James Dolan],” Anthony said. “We spoke about it. We didn’t spend too much time on it. It was Mr. Dolan’s decision. I don’t think I said anything wrong. [The fan] said he wasn’t coming to any more games. I said: ‘Why are you talking to me about it? Discuss that with him [Dolan]. Don’t yell my name out.’ Wasn’t no curse words. He yelled ‘Melo you guys suck. I’m not coming to anymore games.’ I said, ‘I think you should talk to the owner and get your money back.”’
The small forward noted that his comments weren’t a sign that he was blaming Dolan or the front office for the team’s struggles, Berman adds. “I don’t mind wearing the [black] hat. I don’t have that issue,” Anthony said. “I don’t have any problem with putting the pressure on me and putting it on my shoulders. When it goes bad, it falls on me anyway. Anything that happens in New York, I get blamed for. That’s just the way it is. I accept that. I’m not frustrated right now. I actually feel pretty good right now. I had a good practice. That frustration I left behind me. Tomorrow is a new day.”
Here’s more from the Atlantic Division:
- Sean Kilpatrick, who inked a 10-day deal with the Nets on Sunday, says he’s been on new Brooklyn GM Sean Marks‘ radar for a few years now, Brian Lewis of The New York Post writes. “Sean Marks, he’s told me he’s been watching me for the past couple years when he was with the Spurs, and he pretty much knows what I can do, and he just wants me to be myself,” Kilpatrick said. “That’s something that I want to continue to keep being, and with me being able to have that type of mentality and knowing that he has my back through everything, that’s something real huge. So it’s [more] of a confidence-booster to just continue to keep coming out here and being me.”
- The Raptors have assigned Bruno Caboclo, Lucas Nogueira and Norman Powell to their D-League affiliate, the team announced. This will be Caboclo’s 12th assignment to the Raptors 905 on the season, Powell’s sixth and Nogueira’s fourth.