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Has Carmelo Anthony been thinking about joining Bulls? ‘Not at all’

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (R) drives ball past BostCeltics Gerald Wallace during their NBA game MadisSquare Garden New York

New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony (R) drives the ball past Boston Celtics Gerald Wallace during their NBA game at Madison Square Garden in New York, January 28, 2014 AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DunandEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

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Updated: January 31, 2014 7:48PM



NEW YORK— The Knicks wore blood-red Chinese New Year shooting shirts Tuesday night. So it didn’t take much imagination — or, perhaps, vision blurred by Times Square’s super-screens — to see a bull on Carmelo Anthony’s chest instead of the equine outline befitting the Year of the Horse.

Anthony can opt of his contract at the end of the season — Perhaps you’ve heard? — and looked again Tuesday like a motivated man playing in a walk year.

His 24 points paced the Knicks in a 114-88 blood-letting against the woeful Celtics, continuing a scoring run that’s making Bulls fans salivate like Marshawn Lynch in a Skittles factory.

The feeling might not be mutual.

Anthony was told Chicago fans were following his pending contract situation. Did he ever give any thought to ….

“Not at all, not at all,” he said, politely cutting off the question.

What was his relationship like with Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, then?

“I don’t have one with Thibs,” he said. “Nah, nah.”

He laughed quietly, like he was being goaded into saying something he didn’t want to say.

“That was a good one,” he said.

Sunday, Kobe Bryant said he wouldn’t actively recruit Anthony to the Lakers, then suggested the forward “kick down a few doors” in Knicks management to assure a competitive team.

Anthony’s own wife threw cold water on the Bulls’ fantasy Monday.

“I definitely think he will stay,” La La Anthony said, promoting her new book.

Her husband said Tuesday that “I don’t think she said anything wrong,” and that it was “a good thing for her to say that.”

Read into that as you wish.

Coveting another franchise’s best player isn’t the same as a plan to reach relevancy — just ask the Knicks of the last decade, or the Lakers of this year — but it’s fun for Bulls fans to dream. After attending the game, the Bears’ Martellus Bennett Tweeted he told Anthony to come to Chicago.

They could use him: the Bulls are 29th in scoring.

It’s been 15 days since Anthony scored fewer than 24 points; conversely, the Bulls’ power forward, Carlos Boozer, has topped 24 three times all season.

Anthony — who had 62 Friday — has shot an efficient 46 percent during those seven games.

“I’m just playing ball,” he said. “My shots are just going in right now.

“Feeling good. My level of focus just went up. And everybody’s feeding off of that.”

He had 10 points before his first miss Tuesday. At the end of the first quarter, he missed a half-court heave Knicks fans were half-surprised didn’t bank in.

As hot as he is, who could blame them?

The Bulls, meanwhile, must be praying for a different kind of long shot.

Email: pfinley@suntimes.com

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