Posted December 05, 2013

Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony denies he’s already decided to leave team

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The Knicks have lost nine straight going into tonight’s game against the Nets. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony denied an ESPN report that said he has already made up his mind to test the waters when he becomes a free agent after this season.

Anthony had previously said that he wanted to stay in New York but wanted to see what being a free agent is like. Even though he is playing a career-high 40.4 minutes and averaging 26.3 points and almost 10 rebounds a game, the Knicks have gotten off to a 3-13 start this season.

“I’m not thinking about that,” Anthony said to Newsday’s Al Iannazzone. “I’ll be selfish to think about that at this point, with us losing and going through the situation that we are going through. It’d be selfish on my part to my teammates and to the organization to even have that thought come across my mind.”

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Anthony, who called the Knicks the league’s “laughingstock,” says he doesn’t know where the reports are coming from because he doesn’t talk to anyone about his future with the team. 

“If it’s not coming from me, if it’s not coming from people I talk to on a daily basis — which I don’t talk to anybody about that, anybody in my crew, anybody on my team, family, nobody — then it’s just not true.”


18 comments
EdEsposito1
EdEsposito1

Jelly roll stomach.  Locker Room Cancer.

josebier
josebier

Since the Raptors are full of selfish players that cant play as a team, it wouldn't hurt to trade him for Gay and whoever else they can get. Negotiating this deal would be easy for the Knicks, we took Bargnani off your hands, you owe us HUGE

RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

Good riddance. Don't let the door hit you in the a*s on the way out. 

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Melo is a sucky first option, his shooting percentage is jobber land.

geewhiz
geewhiz

“I want to be a free agent" a couple months ago.  And now hes 'not thinking about that'.  Yea right.  Good luck to whoever picks this tool up.  

TherealdanMcKelvey
TherealdanMcKelvey

What a mess Melo is....He is Cancer...He is Death...He is Melo....What a Loser.....

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I doubt that Melo has said anything about leaving. He is trying very hard to be the good soldier. I suspect of course that is to avoid damaging his ability to squeeze out one more max contract. He wants to stay in Dolan's good graces because for Melo his max dollars would come from a sign and trade deal - just as he screwed the Knicks when he came from Denver. (Imagine the outrage in NYC if that first round pick becomes the #1 pick this year!) However he is gone from the Knicks after this season. There is zero chance they build a title contending team within the remaining time frame of his career. I pity the team that signs him, the guy is a cancer, a ball hog who doesn't defend and whose offense is playground ball. Yeah, he scores a lot - and he takes a lot of shots. (42% this season)

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

Whats with the players on the Nets and Knicks running their mouths.  Could this be related to the fact they can't win. Now look at the teams that are winning, with less supposed talent. I do not seem to hear anything from them, Who is it in these organizations that is letting these guys blab to the media everyday?  Actually I am upset because I am a Boston fan and these two teams are endangering our lottery pick. We do not want to be first in the division.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

”I’ll be selfish to think about that at this point..."  Doesn't that pretty much sum up his career?

nygiants56
nygiants56

"...which I don’t talk to anybody about that, anybody in my crew..."  His crew?  This guy isn't good enough to have a crew.  Good enough in that he has never taken his teammates to levels they couldn't attain on their own.  And he tries top pretend that he's not selfish by saying he'd BE selfish if he thought about leaving?  This guy is a clown.   

M20
M20

Melo talks too much.

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

Don't hold back. What do you really think about him?

inthepresent
inthepresent

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius that pick being the #1 would be tough to deal with as a knickerbocker fan. 

and you're right,. it's all about the next contract.