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Wednesday / May 18.

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. ––  With Wednesday evening’s Game 5 loss and first round playoff elimination still an open wound early Thursday afternoon, Carmelo Anthony addressed the media at the MSG Training Center after a difficult season and an even harder, more frustrating playoff series against the Miami Heat

    A lot has been made about Anthony teaming with Amar’e Stoudemire and whether or not the two stars can co-exist.

    After a lockout-shortened season complete with Linsanity, a coaching change, injuries, lineup shuffling and endless questions about Anthony’s ability to lead a team to the Promised Land, he finally sounded like he’d had enough on Thursday.

    “I get tired of hearing that, man. I get tired of hearing about, ‘Can it work? Will it work?’” Anthony said. “We’re here to play basketball. When we win, it works. When we lose, it doesn’t work.”

    PENNINGTON, N.J. — The offers just keep rolling in for 2014 forward Chris McCullough.

    “I got a lot of new offers, everything’s coming good,” the 6-foot-10 2014 forward told Saturday at the Mary Kline Classic. “Memphis and Kansas.”

    McCullough previously held offers from North Carolina, UConn, Syracuse, Arizona, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Villanova, Rutgers, Miami, Temple, West Virginia, Providence, Louisville, Georgetown, Florida, Seton Hall, Iowa State and Hofstra.

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — With their loss to the Miami Heat in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Knicks will head into the offseason facing a slew of questions about their future.

    Here are five pressing concerns:

    1. Who will coach this team going forward?

    Mike Woodson led the Knicks to an 18-6 record during the regular season after taking over for Mike D’Antoni, and won the team’s first playoff game since 2001 by capturing Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.

    Tyler Roberson, one of the top small forwards in the Class of 2013 out of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, will be contributing periodically to ZAGSBLOG during his junior season. Here’s his third entry:

    Since I last wrote I’ve been pretty busy with school, SATs and AAU.

    My AAU team, the Roadrunners, has been doing a lot of traveling lately (Philly Jamfest and Pittsburgh Jamfest). We had some disappointing losses and didn’t do as well as we would have liked but it was still nice to take the trip out there and play against some of the great competition that was at each of the tournaments.

    On John Marinatto’s watch, the Big East lost Syracuse, Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

    In one of his last appearances as Commissioner, Marinatto said at the Big East Tournament that he was “open to having the discussions with both Pittsburgh and Syracuse” about them leaving the conference for the ACC in 2013 as opposed to 2014.

    “Our membership is very pleased with where we’ve landed,” Marinatto said in March, “so I hope to engage in conversations with both Pittsburgh and Syracuse very soon.”

    Now that he has stepped down and been replaced on an interim basis by Joe Bailey (pictured), nothing has changed. Both schools are expected to leave

    Bradley “B.J.” Hayes, a 6-foot-11, 245-pound center from Jacksonville Sandalwood, has signed a Letter of Intent with Georgetown, he told Wednesday.

    “Yes,” he said by text. “I signed with Georgetown [Tuesday] night and I’m really excited about attending one of the best universities in the nation and they have a great basketball program.

    “I really connected with Coach [John] Thompson [III] and the entire staff. My teammates made me feel that I was really a part of the Hoya family. And the real work starts now.”