Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire join James Dolan onstage to play kazoos. For charity. (Ball Don’t Lie)

On Thursday night, toward the end of his band’s opening set for the critically acclaimed and widely beloved classic rock outfit The Eagles, New York Knicks owner James Dolan asked Knick forwards Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony up on the Madison Square Garden stage to play kazoos. Melo and Amar’e joined Henrik Lundkvist and Garden regular John McEnroe in an attempt to break a Guinness World’s Record for the most kazoos played in one building at the same time. The charge was inspired by Dolan’s idea for a more annoying, but far less environmentally harmful version of the spectacularly successful but water-wastin’ Ice Bucket Challenge , which admirably has helped raise millions for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease. If over 6,000 people joined in with the kazoos on stage, Dolan pledged that he would donate $100,000 toward the cause. We’re not sure why the billionaire that signed Jerome James to a $29 million contract needed the whole kazoo thing to go down before busting out his checkbook for that amount, but every penny counts, and we applaud Dolan’s efforts. If you would like to donate to help research needed to make ALS a thing of the past, please follow this link . Stoudemire documented the evening on his Twitter page: At @TheGarden w @carmeloanthony @HLundqvist30 & James Dolan breaking the kazoo world record & raising money for #ALS pic.twitter.com/BWlBxGAqwE — Amar'e Stoudemire (@Amareisreal) September 19, 2014 The New York Post revealed Dolan’s plan over the weekend, in an aside we must have missed : We’re told audience members will each be given a kazoo upon entering the arena and that the stunt, a world record attempt, will take place at around 7:15 p.m. during the song “Governor’s Blues,” which includes a kazoo solo. Just everything about that paragraph should have you tossing out exasperated sighs. “Governor’s Blues” was written in response to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s alleged participation in the needless closing of lanes on the George Washington Bridge, purportedly in response to Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, NJ refusing to advocate for Christie’s re-election in 2013. Dolan explained his lyrical response in these hilarious tones, to the New York Times : “I’m an artist, and an artist doesn’t worry about being politically correct when I write.” Dolan is also a billionaire, and not unlike Adam Sandler’s character in ‘Funny People,’ his band is obviously bought and paid for, as opposed to some sort of “let’s go over and jam on Jim’s helipad, the acoustics are amazing!”-ethos. He is using his business partnership with longtime Eagles manager and entertainment power broker Irving Azoff to secure an opening slot that his band clearly does not deserve in either commercial nor musical terms. In the building he owns. Or, more specifically, the building that James Dolan inherited. Singing hacky blues is easy, and this hack should know. Modern technology allows anyone with a credible guitar, amplifier, and Ibanez Tube Screamer combination to parlay some pentatonic licks in some garbled, inauthentic facsimile of a facsimile of what the devotees of Stevie Ray Vaughn (who was not inauthentic, but his legacy is a litany of these lunkheads) forced on a clearly uninterested North American public. Luckily these dad bands are usually relegated to working pool halls or chain restaurant rib joints on the weekends. Dolan, because he has money, has fleshed out his band of ringers to include instruments that go behind guitar, bass, drums, and occasional keyboard and annoying Little Walker-shaming harmonica. And because he thinks his privilege can make a difference, he feels it necessary to lend his brand of artistry to the Trayvon Martin tragedy, in a widely-panned song . So, yes, this continues to be a sad joke. And while we don’t get understand the tangential line between trying to break a record for most kazoos played in one building at the same time and raising money for Lou Gehrig’s Disease , at least Dolan isn’t onstage singing about the Knicks . We actually would prefer his kazoo playing to his singing full stop, despite his high end lesson with acclaimed vocal instructor Don Lawrence. “He’s Mick Jagger’s vocal coach!” Dolan excitedly told the New York Times last week , dropping names until the end. This charitable part – not the privilege nor the Trayvon songs nor the delusion that James Dolan got anywhere musically or professionally based on merit alone – is just fine. A bunch of rich guys playing kazoos on stage, doing a goofy job opening up for the Worst Band Ever, and possibly raising some money for ALS along the way? This is more than passable, and if your awareness has been raised, kindly offer what you can afford in efforts to stop this cruel, terrible disease . In other news, fellow Irving Azoff clients Steely Dan will open up a three-night stand at New York’s Capitol Theatre on Friday night, ending their 56-date summer tour. A kazoo, to date, has yet to be played at any of their 2014 shows. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

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Knicks sign forward Orlando Sanchez (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks signed former St. John's forward Orlando Sanchez on Wednesday.

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James unveils new shoe before restart with Cavs (The Associated Press)

LeBron James had some business to take care before rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp. He was at Nike's corporate headquarters Tuesday for the unveiling of his new shoe, the LeBron 12. It is his first new shoe with Nike since he returned this summer to the Cavs. ''But I love it because it has my name and logo on it.'' The rollout comes less than two weeks before the four-time league MVP reports to training camp.

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MPG Projections: The Atlantic (Rotoworld)

Aaron Bruski lays down MPG predictions for the Atlantic Division, where the Sixers may or may not be holding local tryouts for their second unit.

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The 10-man rotation, starring really cool video games that help us forget (Ball Don’t Lie)

A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : YouTube . We don’t like to advertise such things here, but the trailer for a particular portion of NBA 2K15 looks pretty sweet. PF : Atlanta Journal-Constitution . Chris Vivlamore on the unending discord in the Atlanta Hawks’ front office. SF : Washington Post . Michael Lee on the unending discord in the Atlanta Hawks’ front office. Sensing something, here. SG : Sports Illustrated . Michael Rosenberg discusses why Danny Ferry, currently on a nonsense “ indefinite leave of absence ,” needs to be fired. PG : SB Nation . Seth Rosenthal points to the hypocrisy behind the “we all have skeletons in our closet”-nonsense. If you’re an adult and you don’t say stupid things, you won’t get in trouble for saying stupid things. It’s that stupidly simple. 6th : New York Times . Knicks owner James Dolan’s musical life really is like that scene in ‘Funny People’ where Adam Sandler’s character has to pay a group of musicians more money in order to hang around and jam with him. 7th : Deseret News . Andrei Kirilenko’s house in Salt Lake City was burglarized recently. Luckily, his family wasn’t home at the time, and the thieves focused on taking video games and comic books over more expensive paintings and the like. 8th : Bleacher Report : A very cool look at the terribly underrated, if quite oafish, 1994 Team USA outfit. 9th : Detroit Bad Boys . Has Stan Van Gundy already started making mistakes in Detroit? 10th : At the Hive . A very cool and thorough look at Rich Cho’s time spent manning the Charlotte franchise. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

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J.R. Smith says he’d still be untying opponent’s shoelaces if the NBA hadn’t started fining him (Ball Don’t Lie)

J.R. Smith isn’t entirely harmless, this is the man that acted as the tragic and pivotal factor in a car crash that killed his best friend in 2007, but if you’re not a fan of the New York Knicks you probably regard him as one of the NBA’s more tolerable oddities. A goofball that isn’t hurting your fandom, because he’s not hoisting 25-footers for your team. The tricky balance with Smith came to light last winter, when he was caught on tape untying the shoelaces of both Shawn Marion and then Greg Monroe in consecutive games , earning him a $50,000 fine for the second – and I use this term advisedly – “infraction.” No matter how innocuous, the NBA’s front office does not like being openly defied in front of high definition cameras for the second time in three days, and Smith cut out the shoelace-messin’ immediately after. In a talk with Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling , however, Smith (and we use this word advisedly as well, because this is the NBA’s dead season) “revealed” that he’d still be untying the laces had the league not started levying fines. (Seriously, games need to get here quickly.) From Zwerling’s conversation , via Pro Basketball Talk : B/R: What do you think is the biggest misconception about you? JRS: People think I’m just some wild child, that I’m just somebody that bugs out all the time and doesn’t care. That’s the main thing that pisses me off the most. People who actually take the time to come [to my golf tournament] and get to know me, they know what I’m about. But some people don’t really care to come. B/R: Do you think that stems from your occasional antics, like when you got fined last season for untying your opponents’ shoelaces? JRS: I do care about the fines because it’s loss of money, but other than that, I like to have fun. I would do [the shoelace thing] again if there wasn’t a fine. But now that I’m in my 10th year in the NBA, I take the game more seriously than I did my first five, six years. (You’ll note that J.R. Smith untied the laces of three players and messed with Vince Carter’s headband in his ninth year , not his fifth or sixth.) As Brett Pollakoff at Pro Basketball Talk pointed out , the laces nonsense seemed a little misplaced at the time, because Smith was goofing around while working through a terrible personal slump on a Knicks team that was trying to overcome a 12-22 record in a disappointing season. His fine came during one of New York’s many 2013-14 low points, with several writers taking to their laptops in the days that followed to document just how little the rest of the league thinks of J.R. Smith . Of course, this is all so stupid, which is what we wrote even during the heat of the NBA’s busy season. Baseball players working through terrible slumps on terrible, underachieving teams pull this sort of stuff all the time in the dugout, and nobody says a damn thing about it, much less bust out the $50,000 fine in response. With that in place … don’t touch the damn shoes. These aren’t baseball players. These are basketball players that are expected to box out and jump for the next rebound, or even box out and half-jump should the free throw attempt go in. Does the idea that the NBA decided that it needed to fine J.R. $50,000 just for pulling a silly prank for the second (and, as we found out, third that we know of ) time seem ridiculous on the surface? Of course … but don’t mess with other players’ shoelaces. The odds aren’t great that these fabulous athletes could injure themselves in a resulting, shoelace-inspired accident – but the odds are still there. Don’t do it. In much safer, but just as expensive, pursuits, Smith is chasing down his love of golf to an almost ridiculous level. Not only is he basically following around the PGA Tour as it darts from town to town over the summer, he’s staying behind the tour to play the courses after the pros leave town, in a pastime that must be costing him tens if not hundreds of thousands. Beats the hell out of paying way too much, allegedly, for a ridiculous truck . From Bleacher Report : Bleacher Report: You've basically been simulating the life of a pro golfer this summer. What's that been like? J.R. Smith: I was following the [PGA] Tour at one point starting in May, supporting Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Keegan Bradley, all good friends of mine. I went to the Wells Fargo Championship [in May in Charlotte , North Carolina], The Players Championship [in May in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida], the Quicken Loans National [in June in Bethesda, Maryland] and The Barclays two weeks ago [in Paramus, New Jersey]. I would watch [each tournament] from Thursday to Sunday and then play the course on Monday. I would say I've probably played 50 courses this summer. Around six a week. Smith credits Moses Malone, of all people, for introducing him to the game; pointing out that his first ever golf shot was a pitch-perfect drive, only to be followed by days and weeks’ worth of golf-related heartbreak that any hacker can appreciate. It’s what kept him coming back. Now he just needs to resist the temptation to keep untying the shoelaces of unknowing 6-10 guys that need to run and jump for a living. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

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Carmelo Anthony thinks he inspired LeBron James’ Cleveland homecoming (Ball Don’t Lie)

When LeBron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers , his original NBA team and the franchise closest to his hometown of Akron, the reaction was largely positive. LeBron didn't only reverse the pain of 2010's widely criticized "The Decision" — he also expressed a seemingly genuine desire to give back to his home state and community. It reminded NBA fans that the sport isn't just about the business. Sometimes, a player can make a decision with a sizable interest in his own history and in leaving a legacy to others who might grow up in a similar situation. Yet James is not the first superstar to opt to play for his hometown team. In 2011, Carmelo Anthony, born in Brooklyn, orchestrated a trade to the New York Knicks, ostensibly the team he grew up watching. This summer, Anthony chose not to move elsewhere as a free agent in part because he is comfortable in the NYC environment. In fact, Anthony believes that his own success and hero's welcome in his hometown may have inspired LeBron to return to Cleveland. From Lisa Granatstein for Adweek , although much of the article takes the form of an interview with former New York Giants star and TV personality Michael Strahan (via SLAM ): Strahan: [On being a pro athlete in New York] Not only on the court, but off the court, you’re the leader. Everything you do is more scrutinized. You have to be more careful than anybody else. And watching LeBron [James] go back to Cleveland, did that affect your decision on staying in New York, and did you learn anything from watching LeBron go back home? Anthony: No. Honestly, I think it was the other way around. I think he saw when I came back home to New York and saw the response and saw the reaction and saw how at peace I was when I came back home. ... I’m pretty sure he looked at that moment and saw that that was a very special moment, and he had the opportunity to go back home himself and regain that love. With all due respect to Melo, it stands to reason that LeBron could have made this decision without the precedent of Anthony, which isn't even a particularly great model given that the Knicks are a disappointing outfit and widely criticized by New Yorkers even when their star is at his best. If anything, Anthony would serve as an example of how returning home can be a complicated event in which public relations and good feelings cannot substitute for elite performances on the court. For that matter, the character of Anthony's apparent homecoming has been unclear for some time. While Melo was born in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood and lived in the borough until he was eight years old, he spent the bulk of his youth in West Baltimore and was overwhelmingly identified with that city prior to his trade to the Knicks. When Melo began to talk up his New York connections around the time of that deal, it struck some as a calculated PR ploy to deflect attention away from his camp's unpopular, months-long attempts to orchestrate a move away from the Denver Nuggets (derisively known as the "Melodrama"). That perspective isn't especially fair to Melo — there's no reason a person can't feel a meaningful connection to two cities he called home — but it does question the idea that his time with the Knicks has been an unmitigated success and a model for other high-profile free agents. Melo's not exactly Derek Jeter or John Starks when it comes to New York popularity. Then again, this interview is just the latest stop in Anthony's very long offseason media tour, a journey that has included press for his new venture capital firm and soundbytes regarding his desire to brand himself as " the digital athlete ," which is either a meaningless buzzword or an indication that Melo recently purchased several copies of " Transcendence " on home video. Perhaps it's best to take his latest comment as an act of brand-building and little more. More NBA coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric

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Chauncey Billups retires: ‘It’s just time’ (Yahoo Sports)

After 17 NBA seasons, former Finals MVP Chauncey Billups is ending his playing career.

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Knicks sign Galloway of St. Joseph’s, Wear of UCLA (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Knicks have signed guard Langston Galloway of St. Joseph's and forward Travis Wear of UCLA.

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Carmelo Anthony, onetime coveted free agent, never wants to be a free agent again (Ball Don’t Lie)

Much has been written about Carmelo Anthony’s potential departure and eventual re-connection with the New York Knicks. How it wasn’t about the money, even though Carmelo Anthony turned down offers from better teams to play for less money. How it’s all about winning, even if it may take a while to succeed in New York under new president Phil Jackson and rookie head coach Derek Fisher. Now, we’ve got yet another reason. The guy doesn’t want to be a free agent again. Ever, ever, ever. (Even if he totally wanted to be a free agent this summer.) Anthony further discussed his reasoning at the same Bloomberg Sports Business Summit that provided Adam Silver’s telling remarks about legalized betting and the idea of early-morning NBA tip-offs to further accommodate Chinese viewership. Here’s Anthony’s take on what must have been a miserable summer, via the New York Post’s Marc Berman’s report : “I plan on ending my career here, so it wasn’t for me to go out there and try to strike a two-year deal and then have to go through this situation in two years. I’m not doing that ever again. I would never do that again. I would advise no one to ever do that,” Anthony said. “I experienced it and it’s behind me.” Remember that “behind me” entails five-star accommodations as Anthony was wined and dined and recruited in third-world outposts like Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston . Also, ‘membah this :? “I want to be a free agent,” Anthony tells a reporter from the New York Observer, as their cigars burn close to the nub. “I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It’s like you have an evaluation period, you know. It’s like if I’m in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience.” Be careful what you wish for, I suppose. September snark aside, this is completely understandable from all angles. Anthony was never a free agent, prior to this summer, despite entering the NBA in 2003. His 2006 contract extension with Denver fell before his eventual free-agent status, and he signed an extension with New York upon forcing a trade to the Knicks in 2011. It’s nice to be wanted, and it’s nice to feel in control of your own destiny. It’s also nice to have potentially great teams, potentially interesting situations, and potential hundreds of millions of dollars offered to you by a variety of franchises. The Lakers aren’t doing anything any time soon, but they will have a future once Kobe Bryant’s contract comes off the books, and helping re-load a franchise while nesting by the waves of Malibu should have been incredibly appealing. Dallas didn’t figure to be an obvious championship contender even with Anthony suiting up alongside Dirk Nowitzki, but the Mavericks didn’t seem like an obvious championship contender heading into 2010-11, and that didn’t stop them from falling behind Rick Carlisle’s wily ways and winning a ring. Lining up alongside Dwight Howard, James Harden and lord knows who else in Kevin McHale and Daryl Morey’s madcap experiment with Houston? That could have been incredible, and possible championship, fun. Nobody knows how Derrick Rose will look while suiting for ( essentially ) his first time in two seasons, but a lineup featuring a brilliant defensive front court and emerging young bench talent under the leadership of Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau should have truly intrigued Anthony. Especially when the Bulls were apparently, for better or worse for the franchise, ready to offer Carmelo the same deal that is going to make LeBron James a whole heck of a lot of money: Melo says idea of a two-year deal, like what LeBron just agreed to, wasn't intriguing to him. Didn't want high-stress situation of FA again — Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) September 4, 2014 CHI had reportedly floated the idea of a short-term 2-yr deal for Melo so he could re-sign for max in 2016. He says that wasnt appealing. — Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) September 4, 2014 Melo: "Over five years, the amount of money I left on the table, relative to the contract that I got, it’s not a lot of money." — Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) September 4, 2014 That would, as you know, make Anthony a free agent in 2016 at the age of 32, and possibly as his prime starts to decline. The Chicago Bulls can’t NBA-legally assure Anthony that a maximum contract extension following a two-year deal would be in the cards, and there’s always the possibility the franchise could take advantage of two years of Anthony’s prime at below his free-agent value, then pull the carpet out from underneath him and leave him without that expected extension just as his production starts to decline. Now, Chicago would run the risk of turning off just about every player agent and future NBA free agent in the process, but there’s always the chance. I suppose. Of course, there’s always this telling addendum, via the Post : Anthony noted a move also would have meant restarting his brand from scratch. “I just felt if I was to leave, I would have to … build that foundation up once again, and it took me a while to build that foundation and to get it up and going to where it’s at right now,” Anthony said. /Mr. Burns voice: Ah yes … the brand! Now “his brand” is Marc Berman’s choice of phrase, but he’s not wrong in using it. And Carmelo Anthony isn’t wrong in considering it – his off-court and on-court brand and, heaven forbid, thinking about his family . Anthony is explaining quite a bit away, but he doesn’t need to. All he has to do is align his statements, and we’d understand. The Knicks offered him the most amount of money, and the ability to play in a wonderful city while making an average of $26 million until he is 35. He and his wife enjoy New York, and the roots they’ve put down. Also, while the Knicks were embarrassing last season and won’t be much better in 2014-15, there is the sound possibility that Phil Jackson could at the very least turn the squad into an aesthetically-pleasing winner that Anthony would enjoy playing with. They won’t land Kevin Love or Kevin Durant, but things could eventually turn around, even if a championship isn’t in the offing. That’s just a paragraph’s worth of explanations. There’s no need to lie about how it wasn’t about the money, because money was a huge part of it, and we understand. There’s no need to hold your nose at the thought of free agency, 11 months after drooling over the prospect of no restriction, because anything can happen between now and 2016, and we understand. And don’t talk up building a foundation in New York, because it’s already shot to hell, and foundations in Houston, Chicago and Dallas are already in place. Just say that you love New York, you have faith in Phil Jackson, and that the guaranteed money was too much to pass up. We’d understand. Around the NBA: - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

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