Melo-drama overshadows All-Star weekend

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - East vs. West was overshadowed by New York vs. New Jersey during All-Star weekend.

And even though Kobe Bryant won the MVP, Carmelo Anthony made the most headlines.

Anthony took the meetings, gave no answers and ultimately got none, either. The only team that seems to have any is his Denver Nuggets.

“The Nuggets have known everything since day one (about his intentions), so just because we don’t tell you guys everything, they know everything,” Anthony said Sunday after the All-Star game.

But a resolution to the season-long trade speculation could come at any moment, landing him with the Knicks or the Nets. Or it could go right until Thursday’s deadline _ if it happens at all _ which is what his wife, La La Vazquez, thinks.

“I do, I do, I really do, because I’ve been hearing about this for so many months and I was thinking, ‘OK, something’s going to happen,” she said before the All-Star game. “So at this point, I do believe that it probably is going to go down to the wire. If anything, who is to say, it’s just not, stay where you are? You know?”

The Melodrama reached perhaps its most bizarre point Sunday. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov essentially said at least the Nets drove up the Knicks 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 was pulling the strings.

Anthony had said he hoped to resolve his future by the end of the weekend while the entire basketball world gathered in Los Angeles, but ‘Melo seemed mellow about missing that soft deadline.

He 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.”

Prokhorov told CNBC on Sunday he had a “fantastic” meeting with Anthony on Saturday night. The Russian billionaire had pulled the Nets out of talks last month, and even after they were recently renewed he said he originally had no plans to meet with Anthony during the All-Star weekend.

“As you know, my instinct was to stay away and I still think that is (the) right decision,” Prokhorov said. “But when the meeting was fixed, (Nets general manager) Billy King called me and said, ‘We need you.’ I was convinced and I still think I’m right to stay away, but we have teamwork so sometimes we need to be all together.”

Asked at Staples Center before the All-Star game if he had any news on a deal, Prokhorov said: “I don’t care.”

The Nets still believe Anthony would agree to sign a contract extension with them that would be a prerequisite to making the deal, despite previous reports that he would only do so if traded to the Knicks.

“I was just listening,” Anthony said of his meeting with the Nets. “I didn’t give anybody a definitive answer. It was a good meeting to have. I’m not going to talk about the selling points and all that stuff. It was interesting. It’s hard for me to sit here and talk about what the Nets can do, because I’m not in a Nets uniform.”

Even if they can’t get an agreement from Anthony, Prokhorov sees value in the Nets’ return to the trade talks.

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