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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony laughs off trade rumor involving Clippers’ Blake Griffin

01.06.14 at 8:07 am ET

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— A rumor making the rounds over the weekend was that the Knicks and Clippers were talking internally about the potential of a Carmelo AnthonyBlake Griffin trade.

A story from ESPN’s Chris Broussard said the Knicks were thinking about reaching out the Clippers, as Anthony is due to be a free agent at the end of the season, but no one on either team had any contact.

That didn’t sit well with Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who responded to inquiries Saturday by saying, “It’s just so stupid.”

Added Rivers: “My whole issue with any of that ‘€¦ is that that network [ESPN] to me reports a story that they created and then they do reports on it for the next two days, on a story that they created. But it’s stupid.”

Anthony was asked about the rumor and called it “silly and stupid,” noting that it’s long been speculated that he and Chris Paul would eventually be teammates.

“Coming up everybody talks about it,” Anthony said Sunday. “It started back with the USA team. You’d laugh and joke about it. It just so happens those three guys [with the Heat] did it. Everybody says they want to play with this guy or that guy.

“Me and Chris have been rumored to play together since he came into the NBA. There was always a trade rumor trying to get us together and it never happened.”

— Speaking of the Knicks, controversial guard J.R. Smith had an interesting defensive maneuver in Sunday night’s win over the Mavericks. During a free throw, Smith reached down and untied the shoelaces of Mavericks forward Shawn Marion.

Marion seemed surprised but did not react, waiting until the next stoppage in play to re-tie his laces.

Dennis Rodman announced his team of former NBA players that will play an exhibition game in North Korea on Wednesday. The team included former Celtics Kenny Anderson and Vin Baker, as well as former UConn star Cliff Robinson, Doug Christie and Charles D. Smith.

Rodman traveled to North Korea before Christmas to help train the North Korean team as he pushes his “basketball diplomacy.”

“My previous travels have allowed me to feel the enthusiasm and warmth of fans,” Rodman said. “The positive memories and smiles on the faces of the children and families are a testament to the great efforts we have put into fulfilling our mission wherever we go voiding any politics. We are all looking forward to arriving in Pyongyang, meeting the citizens, visiting various charities and using the opportunity to develop new relationships that result in our annual return.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Jan. 6, 1989, which Patriots player was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Didn’t think we were going to pull it out, did you?” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, after Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Packers on a field goal as time expired

STAT OF THE DAY: 23 — Years since the Bengals last won a playoff game, with Sunday’s loss to the Chargers continuing their NFL-record streak of postseason futility

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Mavericks players attempt to rally their fans with an “Anchorman” tribute.

Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar fakes out two Stars defenders — who crash into each other — and scores a goal in Saturday night’s game.

Saturday’s Canadiens-Senators game in Montreal is delayed when a bat flies down from the rafters.

The Russian team at the World Junior Hockey Championships — which made news by taunting the United States toward the end of Thursday’s semifinal — gets into a brawl with Sweden after dropping a 2-1 decision in Saturday’s semifinal.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Running back John Stephens

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Nino Tempo was born on this day in 1935.

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