DALLAS -- In their quest to recruit New York Knicks free agent small forward Carmelo Anthony, the Dallas Mavericks refrained from bringing out the pom-poms or any other props.
Besides whatever legitimate outside chance they had of landing LeBron James, the Mavs had targeted Anthony as the No. 1 player on their free agent list. So when Anthony visited Dallas on Wednesday, owner Mark Cuban wasn't interested in parading him in front of the media or in front of a crowd of Mavs fans.
Using Cyberdust, Cuban said of the meeting with Anthony which was held at Cuban's North Dallas home:
"No tours. No banners. All basketball and business.''
Anthony visited Chicago on Tuesday, Houston on Wednesday morning, the Mavs on Wednesday afternoon, and flew to Los Angeles on Wednesday night where he has a visit scheduled with the Lakers on Thursday.
Last year's No. 2 scorer in the NBA also is slated to meet with the Knicks before he decides his basketball future.
-- Dwain Price
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