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The Melodrama reached perhaps its most bizarre point Sunday. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov essentially said at least the Nets drove up New York’s price. And the Knicks hierarchy insisted they were unified in their pursuit of the All-Star forward amid reports someone who no longer works for the team _ Isiah Thomas _ was pulling the strings.

Anthony finally acknowledged meeting with Prokhorov and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, saying they were “generic meetings that (the Nuggets) allowed me to take, but nothing specific.”

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AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney in Los Angeles, AP Sports Writers Arnie Stapleton and Pat Graham in Denver and freelance writer Adriano Torres in Greenburgh, N.Y., contributed to this report.