Anthony's legal fight

Carmelo Anthony's lawsuit that accused his former business manager of misappropriating more than $2 million of his assets has been provisionally dismissed by a federal judge in Sacramento, Calif., so the Denver Nuggets' lawyers can amend the complaint.

Judge William B. Shubb ruled the lawsuit "[did] not plead facts that plausibly suggest each defendant is liable for the claims in the complaint."

Shubb gave Anthony's attorneys until Dec. 25 to file an amended complaint that would meet stricter pleading standards set forth in a Supreme Court case decided three months before Anthony's original lawsuit was filed Aug. 17.

"Plaintiffs, however, are admonished to thoroughly and carefully set forth their allegations in any subsequent amended complaint, as both judicial resources and fairness to defendants preclude unlimited opportunities to amend the pleadings," the judge warned.

The lawsuit alleges that Anthony's former business manager, Larry W. Harmon, and employees of Larry Harmon & Associates P.A., breached their fiduciary duties by misappropriating millions of Anthony's money without his knowledge or consent.

Harmon said yesterday his firm was substantially harmed by the lawsuit.

Suns demote Griffin

Phoenix sent rookie Taylor Griffin to the Iowa Energy of the NBA development league. The 6-foot-7 forward was the Suns' second-round pick - 48th overall - out of Oklahoma. Griffin had appeared in two games for Phoenix.

He is the brother of the draft's No. 1 overall pick, Blake Griffin, who was chosen by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sidelined by a knee injury, Blake Griffin has yet to make his debut, and isn't likely to do so until 2010. - Associated Press