The New Jersey Nets may still be in the race for Carmelo Anthony, and if not, owner Mikhail Prokhorov thinks he at least made it harder for the New York Knicks.
In the latest wrinkle in the rivals’ pursuit of Anthony, the Knicks insisted Sunday they are on the same page in their pursuit of the Denver All-Star, and that Isiah Thomas isn’t involved.
Prokhorov told at TV reporter he had a “fantastic” meeting with Anthony on Saturday night. The Russian billionaire had pulled the Nets out of talks last month.
Asked at Staples Center before the All-Star Game if he had news on a deal, Prokhorov said: “I don’t care.”
The Nets think Anthony would agree to a contract extension with them as a requirement for the trade.
Even if they can’t get a deal with Anthony, Prokhorov sees value in the Nets’ return to the trade talks.
“I think we made a very good tactical decision to force (the) Knicks to pay as much as they can,” Prokhorov said.
Anthony said Friday he hoped for a quick resolution.
All-Star Saturday, featuring Clippers rookie Blake Griffin leaping over a car to win the dunk contest, was watched by 8.1 million viewers, making it the most watched in the event’s 26-year history.
TNT said 23 percent more viewers watch than its previous record of 6.5 million in 2009.