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Tuesday / June 2.
  • DeAndre Daniels visited Kentucky this weekend and according to Dinos Trigonis, Daniels’ former AAU coach with the Belmont Shore, the visit went well.

    “DeAndre did go to Kentucky and was there for the Indiana-Kentucky basketball game,” Trigonis said. “The kid went to Kentucky alone this weekend. From what he told me today [Sunday], he had a nice visit.”

    Trigonis said Laron Daniels, DeAndre’s father, did not attend the visit and an Internet quote attributed to Laron (and briefly used on this site) was inaccurate.

    Trigonis said he believes two or three schools lead for the 6-foot-9, 197-pound Daniels, who transferred from Woodland Hills (Calif) Taft to IMG Academies before this season.

    NEW YORK — Amidst a playoff-like atmosphere, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony combined for 61 points on the Madison Square Garden floor Sunday afternoon, leaving Knick fans fantasizing about what their team might look like with both superstars in orange and blue.

    That fantasy moved closer to reality Sunday when Chris Sheridan of ESPN.com, quoting a source, reported that Anthony will not sign the three-year, $65 million extension Denver has on the table unless he is traded to the Knicks.

    “Whatever decision that I make, that [an extension] is going to be the first thing that gets done,” said Anthony, who was born in Brooklyn and is thought to prefer landing with the Knicks.

    Stoudemire reached the 30-point plateau for the eighth consecutive game and the Knicks won their eighth straight and 13th in 14 outings, 129-125, despite a game-high 31 points from Anthony, the object of the Knicks’ desire.

    UPDATE: The new, 12-team SEC/Big East Invitational will run Dec. 1-3, 2011 on campus locations. Read the release here.

    PITTSBURGH — The annual SEC/Big East Invitational will likely expand next year to a 12-game series held on college campuses, according to a Big East source.

    “It will likely start next year,” the source said, adding that the series would be in the “mold” of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge which features games on campus locations instead of neutral sites.

    All 12 SEC teams would be involved in the event and 12 of the 16 Big East teams would play. ESPN would decide which four Big East teams would miss each year. (TCU officially becomes the Big East’s 17th team in 2012.).

    The Knicks could be involved in separate deals related to Anthony Randolph and O.J. Mayo.

    The Daily News reported that the Knicks have fielded calls from “several Western Conference clubs” regarding the 6-foot-11 Randolph, now out of Mike D’Antoni’s rotation.

    The Houston Rockets, according to the report, would trade back the 2011 first-round pick the Knicks surrendered in the Tracy McGrady deal in exchange for Randolph.

    Knicks president Donnie Walsh has repeatedly said he regretted trading away his 2011 pick, which the Knicks now need in a potential Carmelo Anthony trade. Anthony and the Nuggets come to MSG Sunday to face the Knicks (15-9).