Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 at 2:34 pm  |  14 responses

Carmelo Anthony Talks About Knicks, His Future

by Sulaiman Folarin

DENVER, CO — Carmelo Anthony was aware that, with the Knicks in town Tuesday night, he would have to talk about not only his game performance, but also the potential of playing for the Knicks and which team he might end up by the trade deadline or next season.

With a lot of talk about his potential destination, Anthony was ready for the media; not giving away too much, actually not giving away anything. He has done this all season from the first time I asked him about a “three-man team” at his camp over the summer to the media day barrage and even during team practice and shoot around.

Face it, Anthony knows what he is doing and the New York media went through something similar with LeBron James when he was going through his final year with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Anthony saw how James’ “Decision” turned out and would rather be the good guy in the final script than the villain.

Typically the focus should have been more on the Nuggets almost collapsing down the stretch against the Knicks, a team with a losing streak, but nobody cared much about that. It showed with the questions directed at him as there were probably five questions on the game and the rest about his future.

The media — about 15 people in total — from the Denver and New York areas asked different questions, but during his responses, did Anthony really give anything away? You be the judge.

On the Knicks championship contenders

Anthony: “They have some things going for them. Looks like they are trying to figure out what kind of team they are.”

On the possibly of this being his last game playing against the Knicks

“We play them next month, right? I’ll see them in the Garden again.”

Thoughts on possibility playing for the Knicks

“I never thought about that tonight. Not once. That wasn’t even on my mind.”

On Knicks players recruiting him

“No, not at all. They are trying to win, they competed hard tonight. They fought back, but there was none of that going on.”

On playing with a three-man team or a group of stars

“To be honest with you, we always joked about that. Especially on the 2008 [Olympics] team, on the bus to and from practice we always joked about playing with each other. If we could, we would have all 12 guys from that team play with each other. We always joked about that, but it was nothing more than that. I think LeBron and them took it to a different level; they followed through with it.”

On Amar’e lobbying for Melo to play with him

“Did he? Amar’e is crazy.”

What would you say to New York fans who think you have a serious chance of becoming a Knicks?

“I can’t really say nothing to them. I have to focus on what is going on here in Denver right now. For me to send a message to the fans in New York right now, I can’t do that.”

On Knicks being a team in free agency to consider next summer.

“I don’t know; I am focused right now. If it comes to it at that point in time, I will look at my options.”

Handling free agency situation different than LeBron

“I saw the backlash that he got and is going through right now. It is unfortunate, but I am pretty sure he is content with the decision he made. Me knowing him the way I know him, I don’t think he has any regrets with the decision that he made. As long as he is happy and as long as his family is happy, that’s all that matters for him.”

Where do you expect to be the day after the trade deadline?

“I don’t know, you guys have to ask Masai (Ujiri) that question. If you want to know anything about the trade, you have to ask the front office.”

What will it take to sign the deal on the table?

“Masai and I are talking. We have great conversation going back and forth. He understands. My options are open.”

What needs to be shown to you?

“That’s for me and Masai.”

Al Harrington says that he if had that kind of money sitting on the table, he wouldn’t sleep at night…

“I sleep good at night. I am with my family. I sleep good at night. It’s not all about the money.”

How much is about family?

“I want to make my family happy. I want them to be comfortable; whether it is here or whether it is somewhere else. If the family is not right, nothing is right.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Carmelo Amnesiaony

  • Fat Lever

    Is this going to be a weekly thing? Cause if it is, I’ll check out right now.

  • http://screwjams.tumblr.com cramzy

    i think he played this fairly well

  • chazz michael michaels

    no doubt, they talk about this every single week! it’s getting really old.

  • ab40

    you forgot to quote him saying he played with teams that were bad at D and he never wants to got through that again. Fire Mike D or new jersey is a more atractive option

  • slick ric

    I never thought about that(TONIGHT).

  • Brahsef

    At first I thought he said, “you guys have to ask Massa” instead of Masai, lol. I’d love to see Melo and Amare together. They just seem like they should be on a team together.

  • ClydeSays

    I still say it’s early, and Carmelo would be a big improvement, but the Knicks offseason moves currently have them at 3-8. The 3rd worst record in the L behind Twolves (“We’re Contenders!”) and the mess that is the Clippers. Is that really what Melo wants to sign up for?

  • miG

    damn man we just need a BIG and he will stay we got all the pieces to beat LA not this year but NEXT year after Phil Jackson retires.. the heat are doing ish this year and next year when Jackson retires its the nuggs year to win i know they can they gotta do what they did with Kobe when he wanted to Leave they need to get melo a PAU gasol MotherFker hahahaha DAMN! COME ON get rid of KENYON and jr Smith if thats what it takes but we gotta do this right or we are DOOMED

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    The future in my pants looks brown and sometimes green.

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  • burnt_chicken

    heh. that’s a cute one, Ebile.

  • rikson

    He basically says nothing in that piece… And Cosign FatLever!

  • JalepinoSausage

    .this is so exiting. yawn. like a Brian Crawford article – Who Cares.