Melo joins CP3, Wade in a Dance Off During Jordan Tour

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Video has arisen of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwayne Wade doing a dance off with some chinese children during their Jordan tour in China. I like seeing things like this in where professional athletes are giving back to some children. Granted these aren’t American children but still, I like to see stars giving back.

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Watch Renaldo Balkman Get Tossed From FIBA America Game

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… Oh Renaldo. During Monday’s FIBA America game between Puerto Rico and Venezuela, Renaldo Balkman of the Knicks got into it with Memphis’ Grevis Vazquez. Balkman’s Puerto Rico team was winning the game 85-62 when Vazquez gave Balkman a hard foul. Balkman then retaliated by attempting a Zinedine Zidane headbutt but was promptly tossed to the floor. Puerto Rico, battling for an Olympic spot won the game easily 94-82.

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Amar’e Stoudemire Does Cameo On Entourage

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Amar’e Stoudemire continues to take advantage of the opportunities that New York provides him. Sunday night he appeared on HBO’s Entourage along with Mark Teixeira, Michael Strahan and Alex Rodriguez. In the episode, Turtle (played by Jerry Ferrara) is trying to round up more money from New York superstar athletes to bring Don Pepe’s clams out to California.

Warning: The clip does use bad language so please do not be offended by that, I am only posting the clip.

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Stoudemire Planning Off-Season Workouts

Last week at the Melo league versus Goodman league showdown, Carmelo Anthony provided us with an interesting quotation after the game:

““I’m trying to find Amar’e, man,” Anthony said, laughing. “If anybody’s seen Amar’e, just tell him. I don’t know where he’s at . . . I heard he’s in China, I heard he’s back. Maybe I’ll see him in New York next week for Fashion Week.”

Many Knick followers, myself included, cringed when he made these comments because the two cornerstones of the franchise need to be on the same page. Newsday has reported that Anthony was in fact joking and that the two Knick superstars have been in contact all off-season and that Stoudemire has in fact began to organize Knick workouts next month. According to un-named Knick players, Stoudemire has emailed all 10 Knicks under contract, a few free agents from last years team and both rookie draft picks about working out at the IMG basketball facility in Florida. Iman Shumpert, the teams first round selection has been working out at IMG all off-season. The workouts will take place from Oct. 19 – Nov. 3. Jerome Jordan likely will not be in attendance due to his contract with Slovenia and Ronny Turiaf has a broken finger so his status is unknown.

This is very refreshing to hear because I was very worried when Melo made those comments. The Knicks right now seem healthy enough to do a camp like this at full speed. Melo looked thinner and more muscular last week at the Melo league game and seems to be 100% healthy after that elbow injury and Billups has been cleared to play basketball again. Stoudemire has had issues with his back but he has been cleared to play basketball as well and was healthy enough to win a 3 point shooting contest in China last month. Overall, it is great to hear that the two stars have been in contact and hopefully this camp will carry over into better chemistry when the regular season begins.

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