Melo the leader shrugs off controversy

    Carmelo Anthony and his teammates had a team dinner Thursday night to discuss the importance of their current road trip, MSG's Mike Breen said on air prior to Friday's game against the Kings. Instead of being asked about that night's game, Anthony was confronted by reporters wanting him to react to recent comments made about him by Knicks president Phil Jackson. Thankfully, Anthony remained focused during the eight-minute question-and-answer session with reporters. And, he showed a similar focus with his teammates as they approached the start of the game. In watching the first half it was pretty clear that Anthony was making very quick decisions when he got the ball, which was counter to the

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    Cavaliers’ James Jones says he’ll retire after next season

    James Jones has made a business of playing with LeBron James, and business is good. Jones told the Beacon Journal he will retire after next season, which will be his 15th in the NBA. “I know playing 15 years is a number where I can look back and I can be like, ‘I accomplished something,’ ” Jones said.

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    Lawsuit: NBA players teamed up in couple's nightclub assault

    A lawyer for a couple who claim Sacramento Kings players Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins assaulted them at a nightclub said Thursday they'll rely on videotapes, medical reports and the testimony of witnesses to prove they were attacked. The lawyer, Michael S. Lamonsoff, spoke at a news conference as the couple, Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell, held hands nearby a day after their federal lawsuit alleged Barnes choked and knocked Besiso unconscious before both players attacked Powell with punches and kicks inside a Manhattan nightclub on Monday. Lamonsoff said Barnes attacked Besiso, a hairstylist, after trying to choke another woman earlier in the night.