The media hordes from the Windy City and Gotham tried and tried, but Anthony wouldn’t bite and stuck to the company line despite swirling rumors: “Before the game, Anthony had nothing but kind words for the Bulls when pressed by reporters. ”I don’t want this taken the wrong way, but who wouldn’t want to play with a young point guard like Derrick Rose?’ he said. ‘They have a good young big man in Noah, and [Carlos] Boozer should be back soon. They’ve got a good team.’ When asked if Chicago ranked among his favorite cities, Anthony gave Bulls fans reason to dream. ”Of course, it’s one of the top,’ he said. ‘Want a number? Top three.’ After the Nuggets’ morning shootaround, Anthony was asked if he ever thought about what it would be like to play with the Bulls. ”Maybe if I was a free agent I would let my mind wander, but I can’t do that right now,’ he said. ‘I have to focus on being a Nugget and basketball. It wouldn’t be right if I let my mind wander and think about if I was here in Chicago. Once I’m inside these walls, it’s all about basketball … That’s what I do best. Outside these walls, it is what it is. I’m not even thinking about business right now.’

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“Carmelo Anthony is both humbled and excited that just about everyone in New York is convinced he will be coming home to play for the Knicks one day. ‘It feels good to know that a city like that wants me,’ Anthony said. ‘They know my background. They know I was born there. The fact that it was home for me, a lot of people take that into account when they talk about my future.’ The Nuggets are encouraged by the fact that Anthony and first-year GM Masai Ujiri have maintained an open line of communication. ‘I want the team to do well,’ Anthony said. ‘That’s why I do what I gotta do and get everybody on the same page so we can win games. I think my attitude would be totally different if I was here and we were 0-6 right now. But I can’t really speak on that because we’re not.’ The Nuggets fell to 4-3 Monday night. ‘I’m in a good state right now,’ Anthony said. ‘We’re winning. I’m happy. And everybody else on the team is happy.’”