Carmelo Anthony has been dealing with a lot these days. He can’t answer a single question without being asked about trade speculation, contract extensions, his future, or anything else related to the subject, and through it all he has gone out and put up beastly numbers, scoring at an unbelievable rate. And for doing so, he credits…himself. Via FanHouse: “Carmelo Anthony congratulated himself Saturday. Then again, anybody who has averaged 40.3 points in his past three games would seem to have that right. ‘I think it takes a strong-willed person, a strong-minded person, to deal with the stuff that I deal with and still go out there and go to work every day and perform on a nightly basis,’ the Denver forward said about trade rumors that have swirled all season as the Feb. 24 trade deadline approaches. ‘I take my hat off to myself for dealing with all this stuff that’s going on and still be able to go out there and play at the high level that I can play at. I really don’t think an average person can walk in my shoes. I don’t think that.’ Anthony, who wasn’t actually wearing a hat during the interview that he could take off, sure hasn’t been average lately on the court. Earlier this week, he tied his career high with 50 points against Houston and had 42 against Dallas, the latter being in a dramatic 121-120 Nuggets victory that stopped a 10-game Mavericks winning streak.”