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J.R. Smith calls Anthony's return

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07:33 AM ET 04.16 | If the topic is Carmelo Anthony, people will listen to what he has to say. J.R. Smith is one of [Anthony's] closest friends in the NBA. The two have played together for seven seasons. ... Here's what the New York Knicks shooting guard had to say about Anthony's pending free agency: "In my heart, I believe he'll still be here. It's just a matter of him coming up with that decision. Whatever it is, we're still going to be friends 'til our dying days, so I mean, whether he's on my team or he isn't, I still love him like a brother." Asked if he was "worried" that he'd played his last game with Anthony, Smith replied, "No, not really." Wonder if Phil Jackson is as confident as J.R.? Anthony will sit out the season finale against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday due to a small tear in his left labrum.

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Adelman's final game?

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07:32 AM ET 04.16 | The Timberwolves can finish an even 41-41 this season, which may be Rick Adelman's NBA finale. Twenty-five years and 1,042 victories since he coached his first NBA game, [Adelman] is expected to walk away from the sidelines after Wednesday's regular-season finale into retirement and toward a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame. When he does, he will do so with almost no fanfare. ... Adelman is 67 and he is completing the third of three playoff-less seasons with the Wolves during which his wife, Mary Kay, has been treated for seizures. One season remains on the four-year contract Adelman signed in September 2011, but either he or the Wolves can choose to end it within a two-week window after Wednesday's game. "It's a tossup right now," Wolves star Kevin Love said when asked about Adelman's future.

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The best of Rondo (coming in 2014-15)

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07:31 AM ET 04.16 | Earlier this week, Celtics exec Danny Ainge said he has been impressed with Rajon Rondo's progress since his return from surgery, and he looks forward to the point guard's return. "I think Rondo's going to have a great year next year," Ainge said. "I think he's going to have the best year of his career. Watching Rondo right now and watching him develop as a player I feel like he's headed towards the best year of his career." Rondo has been mentioned several times in trade rumors this season. When asked if there was a good possibility Rondo would be with the Celtics next year, Ainge said, "Of course." ... With the Celtics missing the playoffs, Rondo will get some extra time to rest before working himself into premium condition for next season. He also has said he will reduce his off-the-court obligations.

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D'Antoni's newest 'blunder'

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07:31 AM ET 04.16 | At the end of the day, Mike D'Antoni's job is to win basketball games, which makes his Monday win that much more complicated. Intentional or not, there was more to D'Antoni's accomplishment of snapping a seven-game Lakers losing streak with a 119-104 win against the lowly Utah Jazz. He also put himself firmly in the crosshairs with a faction of the purple and gold faithful who care only about the Lakers' draft position at this point. ... He continued his answer to reveal that he didn't know exactly what was at stake for the Lakers, who went into the night with a 25-55 record, playing against a Jazz team that was 24-56. "They played hard, and I think, if I'm not mistaken, it's the same number of pingpong balls, right?" D'Antoni said. "They flip a coin, or something." Turns out, he was mistaken.

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D-Will insists Nets are taking over New York

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07:30 AM ET 04.16 | Even before the Knicks and Nets closed out their season series, the rivalry had taken another turn. [Brooklyn] guard Deron Williams believes the Nets have gained ground by being the only New York team in the playoffs. "Good for us, good for our brand, good for Brooklyn basketball," Williams said [Tuesday] morning before the Tuesday night's Knicks-Nets season finale in Brooklyn. "It's part of the takeover." Whether or not the Nets are winning over Knicks fans is debatable. Nets CEO Brett Yormark told the Daily News recently that the Knicks' struggles present "a window of opportunity to convert fans and become the team in New York." The Nets (44-36) could clinch the fifth seed in the East with a victory over the Knicks (35-45), who are eliminated from the postseason.

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