Knicks Daily Links: Tuesday

Carmelo Anthony looking for reinforcements at trade deadline: Carmelo Anthony got the break he needed, as he flew to Puerto Rico after Sunday night’s All-Star Game for a couple of days to rest and refresh before practice resumes Wednesday. But the break Anthony wants is for the Knicks to get lucky and get some star power to help him and improve his chances of winning. -- Newsday

Three questions facing the Knicks entering the second half: The Knicks enter the second half of the season at 23-32 and in 12th place in the Eastern Conference standings. They resume play on Friday night in Brooklyn against the Nets. Here are three key questions they face. -- Newsday

Did blasting Rajon Rondo blast Derek Fisher off Knicks?: The Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher disconnect ran as deep as Rajon Rondo. According to an NBA source, the Kings point guard will still “keep an open mind" regarding the Knicks this July when he becomes a free agent despite Fisher’s cutting remarks. -- New York Post

Knicks need to fill a major hole, but now might not be time to do it: Knicks president Phil Jackson is between a rock and a cap space with the trade deadline arriving Thursday and a point guard needed. With his shocking coaching change made last week before the final game entering the All-Star break, Jackson gave a mandate to win now and make a playoff push despite being five games out of the eighth seed. -- New York Post

Why Knicks could lure Pau Gasol, even without Fisher: Bulls center Pau Gasol took the middle ground regarding last Monday’s firing of Knicks coach Derek Fisher, his former Lakers teammate. Gasol also is close to Knicks president Phil Jackson, putting the Spanish big man in a tough spot. -- New York Post

Knicks need help in backcourt at trade deadline, and that's the point: Phil Jackson is busy as Knicks president trying to turn water into wine by the trade deadline, which is something Carmelo Anthony is craving and probably won’t get. The Knicks are in the market for backcourt help and there’s an All-Star caliber one being shopped around — Atlanta’s Jeff Teague — but Jackson understands he’s not in a position of power. -- New York Daily News

No Knicks talk for Isiah Thomas at NBA All-Star Weekend, just Liberty: There was at least one Garden basketball executive at All-Star weekend in Toronto, and no, it wasn’t Phil Jackson — which was somewhat surprising given Jeanie Buss’ attendance for a three-day celebration of Kobe Bryant. This James Dolan employee has been more successful lately. -- New York Daily News