NBA Live Blog: Covering The NBA From Carmelo Anthony, All-Star Weekend And More

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIJanuary 15, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets watches on against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The past few weeks have been an extremely busy time in the NBA as the buildup to the 2011 All-Star Weekend has begun, Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony is closer to leaving the Nuggets, as well as a new collective bargaining agreement being in flux. 

Well, I am here to cover all the relevant events in the NBA as I will be following all breaking news and much more for the next few hours. Feel free to comment on my live blog and I will attempt to reply to as many comments as possible. 

Here is my NBA live blog!


It it well known that disgruntled Denver Nuggets small forward Carmelo Anthony has requested a trade and the New York Knicks are his preferred destination. As of now, a three team trade involving the Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets and Detroit Pistons that would send Anthony to New Jersey has stalled, as Carmelo has shown no signs of signing a $65 million extension that would ultimately send him to New Jersey.

The New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies have been mentioned in the rumors as O.J. Mayo now seems to be a name floating around. However, the Nuggets said they are not interested in Mayo so, as a result, it is now a question if Carmelo will get dealt at all as Denver has mentioned they are not satisfied with what New York has to offer as well.


The NBA's collective bargaining agreement will expire on June 30, and despite rumors of a looming lockout, the NBA's deputy commissioner seems optimistic that an agreement will eventually be reached.

Adam Silver said that a lockout is "not inevitable," however it seems that their will not be a meeting regarding the CBA over All-Star Weekend.

I myself am optimistic that the two sides will reach an agreement, however whether or not that actually occurs remains to be seen.


The 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend begins in February and the most hyped event on All-Star Saturday, the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest, will boast four competitors this year in Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Wizards forward JaVale McGee, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka, and Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, with Griffin being the overwhelming favorite.

Griffin has proven himself to be one of the best dunkers in the NBA as well as one of the most consistent players as number 32 has a streak of over 20 consecutive double-doubles. 

My Slam Dunk Contest prediction is Griffin and just his presence alone is sure to make the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest one of the most exciting and most watched contests in years.