Melo's heart-to-heart with J.R.

NEW YORK -- New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he had a "heart-to-heart" with longtime teammate J.R. Smith when news surfaced that Smith had been suspended five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy.

Anthony delivered a dose of tough love to Smith during the conversation.

"The time is now," Anthony said he told Smith. "You've got to want to help yourself. Everybody else wants to help you but if you don't want to help yourself, that defeats the purpose."

Smith was suspended for violating the league's anti-drug policy in early September. He is expected to make his preseason debut on Friday.

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MELO DELIVERS: Anthony delivered school supplies to 128 New York City teachers and 138 classrooms in New York City schools on Thursday in what was dubbed a "Tools for Teachers Initiative." The program was developed by The Carmelo Anthony Foundation and DJS Real Estate Development.

Anthony said he hopes the school supplies will help some local students succeed in the classroom.

"I think the teachers don't get the respect they deserve, I think the teachers don't get the help that they deserve," Anthony said. "With the lack of textbooks and educational tools these days, any little thing can help. So I'm just trying to help out. Hopefully other people will too."

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