Friday's Knicks News: Roth a key in drafting Hernangomez

Knicks’ Season Crumbles, and With It Carmelo Anthony’s Chance at a Title: When Carmelo Anthony went to the NBA All-Star Game last season, he hoped to act as a salesman. He wanted to pitch his high-profile friends on the benefits (no, seriously) of playing for the Knicks. Some of them were headed toward free agency, and perhaps they would be willing to join him in New York. Anthony is an All-Star again this season, a late replacement for the injured Kevin Love. But Anthony does not plan to do any recruiting this time around, not when his own future seems so uncertain. -- The New York Times

Donald Sterling thinks it’s ‘amazing’ Charles Oakley is comparing Knicks owner James Dolan to him: While James Dolan’s ongoing feud with former Knick Charles Oakley continues tounspool in public, the Madison Square Garden Chairman has an unlikely — yet ardent — ally in his corner. “I think Dolan’s a terrific owner. I really do,” Donald Sterling told the Daily News Thursday. -- New York Daily News

Knicks’ All-Star breakdown: The best and worst of disappointing first half of the season: We should get this out of the way because the rest should be read with the following context: the Knicks are a disappointment. We’re not talking about James Dolan's pettiness or Phil Jackson's Twitter account. We’re talking about the product that won just 23 of 57 games heading into the All-Star break, the team that sits 12th in the Eastern Conference and hasn’t won back-to-back games since 2016. -- New York Daily News

The scout who knew Porzingis, Hernangomez would be stars: Embattled Knicks president Phil Jackson should draw some pride watching Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend. Center Willy Hernangomez and power forward Kristaps Porzingis — the Knicks’ frontcourt of the future — will suit up for the World Team. Scott Roth, a Timberwolves scout, feels proud, too. -- New York Post

Charles Barkley: Carmelo should let Phil Jackson trade him: Charles Barkley says the Knicks should trade Carmelo Anthony by Thursday’s deadline and the 32-year-old star would be a fool not to accept. Speaking at a TNT event Thursday night, Barkley said Anthony should waive his no-trade clause not only to win, but for the financial bonus. -- New York Post

NBA veteran rips Charles Oakley as ‘bully’ who’s stuck in past: Mike James was a supporter of Oakley’s on the court — not off. Oakley is still at war with Knicks owner James Dolan after getting ejected and arrested eight days ago at Madison Square Garden following a scuffle with security. Star players have come to Oakley’s defense, but James has a contrasting takeaway. In New Orleans to accept the Bobby Jones Award from the Christian organization Athletes in Action, James told The Post he thinks Oakley needs to grow up in retirement and not act like the “bully’’ he was as a player. -- New York Post

Oakley: NBA allowing Dolan to become next Donald Sterling: Charles Oakley may be fixing to have his Garden ban reinstated. The Knicks legend unloaded on owner James Dolan on Thursday with heavy racist charges, comparing him to ousted Clippers owner Donald Sterling in an interview with Sports Illustrated. -- New York Post

Knicks may look different after All-Star break: Players said goodbye to each other late Wednesday, hugged training staff members and went off on their break, unsure if they still will be Knicks when the schedule resumes next Thursday. The way the first 57 games of the season went, and with the trade deadline less than a week away, anything is possible during the All-Star break. -- Newsday

Charles Oakley doesn’t think feud with James Dolan can be resolved: Charles Oakley doesn’t expect his feud with Knicks owner James Dolan to ever end, saying “some things can’t be solved.” And the former Knicks forward may have started a new feud of sorts with the NBA by saying commissioner Adam Silver’s meeting with Oakley and Dolan on Monday at the league office was an effort “to make themselves look good." -- Newsday

Long week of waiting begins for Carmelo, Knicks: When the game was over Wednesday night, the Knicks players rushed out of the Chesapeake Arena locker room, most headed to vacation spots, seeking relaxation and respite from a season spiraling out of control. The last three out of the room were Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez. That trio were bound for New Orleans and the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, a chance to join in with the best and brightest of the league. -- The Record