Barkley, Smith say Anthony should focus on getting guys to NY, not option to leave

Carmelo Anthony should focus on trying to get players to join him in New York, not creating uncertainty about whether he would leave.

That's the opinion of TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith, who are bothered by Anthony's desire to become a free agent after this season.

Though Anthony has said he's happy in New York, he also has said he intends to become a free agent next summer. Barkley says Monday he was "disappointed" when he heard that.

Smith, a New York native, says the Knicks need to get to a point where players would take less money because they want to come to New York to play with Anthony.

Barkley, Smith and the TNT crew will host the "Inside the NBA" pregame show Tuesday from New York.