Melo's winning ticket? Sharing the Powerball, er, basketball

Carmelo Anthony has emerged as a competent playmaker for his teammates this season and passing the ball more - something he says he is actively trying to work on.Richard Harbus/for New York Daily News

Carmelo Anthony has emerged as a competent playmaker for his teammates this season and passing the ball more – something he says he is actively trying to work on.

Carmelo Anthony has already hit a few jackpots in his lifetime — a gorgeous wife, beautiful son and a $124 million contract, just to name a few.

Melo certainly has the Midas touch, so why not try his luck at the biggest lottery jackpot of all time?

Anthony, one of the NBA’s wealthiest players, revealed on Monday that he did buy tickets for the Powerball drawing where the prize is in excess of $1 billion.

“I don’t think I’m going to ever get hit by an asteroid, I don’t think I’m ever going to be President,” Anthony told reporters on Monday. “I might have a better chance to win Powerball.”

With that type of money, Anthony could make a legitimate offer to James Dolan to buy the team.

“I’m going to share it all,” Anthony added.

Well, Anthony has been in a giving mood this season. He had eight assists in Sunday’s victory over Milwaukee just 48 hours after passing up a potential game-winning shot against San Antonio in order to get Jose Calderon a better shot. Calderon’s three-pointer at the buzzer was long, but Anthony being a willing passer resonated with his teammates.

“I don’t think it’s new,” Anthony said. “I think I was always willing to pass the ball. But now I think it’s just a little bit more of an emphasis of not worrying about my scoring as much, doing everything else and then just letting the scoring come to me. So I don’t think it was a fact of me not being willing, or wanting to be willing to distribute the ball. It’s just a matter of me trying to not really focus on just scoring the basketball.”

Anthony has been accused of “chasing points” in either blowout victories or loses, yet on Sunday the Knicks’ leading scorer admitted he was aware that he needed two more assists for a triple-double and that he tried to get it.

Anthony also says he bought a Powerball ticket, because hey, why not?Richard Harbus/for New York Daily News

Anthony also says he bought a Powerball ticket, because hey, why not?

“Most games I don’t realize that I have it,” he said. “Tonight, I realized it and I really did try to get it. It’s tough to get it, though.”

The Knicks can get back to .500 on Tuesday against the Celtics, a team they lost to on Dec. 27 in Boston. Derek Fisher’s club has won four of its last five and is playing its best basketball since a humiliating New Year’s Day loss to the Bulls in Chicago.

The Celtics are among a group of teams, including the Knicks, that figure to challenge for one of the bottom three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have had some poor results: losses at home to the Lakers and Nets. Still, Brad Stevens has a deep roster with a bright future.

One reason why the Nets fired their GM and coach on Sunday was due to the franchise having traded away several key assets in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce deals. Boston owns Brooklyn’s first-round pick in 2016 and 2018 and has the option to swap first-round picks with the Nets in 2017.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge has stockpiled draft picks, which places Boston in a position to trade for a star. Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins is a player who has long been identified as a possible target. Coincidentally, Anthony’s name has surfaced in the past as a player the Celtics would consider pursing. However, it’s hard to imagine Phil Jackson trading his best player to a hated rival.

Plus, the Knicks are encouraged by how Anthony has come back from knee surgery and that more than ever he has embraced his role as a leader and all-around player. He’s on a good run. Hence, the Powerball ticket purchase.

Hey, you never know.

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