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Carmelo Anthony just loves classic crooners, duh

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New Rat Pack. (Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

During the New York Knicks' Thursday media session in Boston, where the team practiced and prepared for Game 3 of its opening-round series against the Boston Celtics, the talk turned, as it often does, to respected hit-making singers of the 1950s and '60s, and how best to enjoy their back catalogue.

Wait, what?

That sounds like a really nice, fun, relaxing time. Especially when you remember that this is the living room/fireplace scene to which Carmelo Anthony is referring:

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We are not lying. (Image courtesy of www.gerbenfineart.com)

If there's anything more comfy-cozy than snuggling up with a nice glass of vino and listening to "Because of You" while a giant purply painting of yourself looking Terminator-y in a tux glares down on you, then boy, I've yet to hear about it.

And, of course, if Anthony loves Mr. Bennett, he must love his microphone-caressing antecedent, Ol' Blue Eyes:

With the series shifting to Boston for Friday's Game 3, Boston in desperate need of a win and Kevin Garnett surely seething after being limited by foul trouble to just 24 minutes on Tuesday, Knicks fans had better hope 'Melo has been cranking "Come Fly With Me" over the past couple of days. The last thing the Knicks need is for Anthony — who has scored 70 points in 80 minutes over the first two games of the series and started to find a strong rhythm in the second half of Game 2 — to once again allow "negativity to come into [his] circle" and knock him "off of [his] square," as he did back in January.

If 'Melo has been on his Chairman of the Board game, though, and he can stay calm, cool and collected on the court — and if the Knicks keep carving the Celtics up in the pick-and-roll game behind the strong play of point guard Raymond Felton — then the Knicks could take Friday's Game 3, opening up the possibility of a sweep, which Anthony said would make him "super-duper-happy-excited." (Sounds pretty calm to me.)

Hat-tip to friend of the program Andrew Sharp of SB Nation.

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