Knicks Daily Links: Friday

Carmelo Anthony: A hobbling splash Knicks can’t afford to lose: Carmelo Anthony’s five-year anniversary in New York comes Sunday, and there is plenty to regret. Traded at the Feb. 21, 2011 deadline, Anthony has experienced an assortment of both nagging and serious injuries. -- New York Post

Rambis hints playing time may be reduced for Jerian Grant: Rookie point guard Jerian Grant did not play in the first and, thus far, only game of Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis’ stint. Rambis explained why he sat Grant against the Wizards, indicating there’s a chance Grant’s minutes could continue to be limited because of how much his lack of experience has hindered him. -- New York Post

Why the Knicks struck out at the trade deadline: As it turns out, Knicks president Phil Jackson made his trade-deadline move last week in naming a new coach. The players will stay the same. -- New York Post

Knicks and Carmelo Anthony remain on losing path, should rethink options this summer: The only guarantees you get when you play for the Knicks are great pay and an extended vacation from mid-April until October. This is shaping up to be a third straight season without a playoff date at Madison Square Garden, the 11th such quiet spring since 2001. Being remarkably consistent at futility isn’t a good thing but make no bones about it, the Knicks seem to have mastered the art of losing. -- New York Daily News

Knicks fail to upgrade point guard position; no major stars on the move at NBA trade deadline: Phil Jackson’s one change during trade season was canning Derek Fisher. The Knicks president then stood pat with a roster that needs a small miracle to get back in the playoff hunt. -- New York Daily News

Knicks to make playoff push with same cast: Kurt Rambis was on the baseline at the end of practice speaking privately with Jose Calderon. Rambis was going over something he wants Calderon to do in Friday night’s game against the Nets, not talking about the point guard leaving town. -- Newsday

Knicks Look Within as the Trade Deadline Comes and Goes: As other teams made modest upgrades ahead of Thursday afternoon’s N.B.A. trade deadline, the Knicks gathered for practice with the same roster that had lost 10 of 11 games entering the All-Star break. The growing sense among the players was that improvement would need to come from within. -- The New York Times