Sunday, February 13th, 2011 at 11:40 am  |  28 responses

Carmelo Anthony: ‘I Take My Hat Off to Myself’

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.”

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  • slamfan4life

    What a beast man

  • http://jooo Max

    He’s a manbeast!

  • Randy Brown

    “It’s really hard to deal with all this stuff that I brought on myself.” I imagined him with a top hat and a cane, flipping both into the air and dancing

  • JTaylor21

    Imagine if LeBron said this.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I can’t believe Melo said this anyways. “Wow, look at me, I AM incredible.”

  • http://Www.slamonline.com TheBigL

    Damn. If Kobe goes for 50, it’s just another game of 50. A remarkable performance, but still. When ‘Melo does it, being a top teir NBA franchise player, he ties his career best. Melo is good, relly, really good. Kobe is rare.

  • NJ4Life

    I think, if anything, he’s talking about the passing of his sister moreso than trade rumors. Yeah we forget about it, but he lost her what like a month ago? For a family death that might as well be yesterday. And because of that, I agree with him, he’s performed phenomenally.


    Bottom line, no matter what happens between now and the trade deadline, Carmelo has been a professional while in a Nuggets jersey. You can’t take that away from him. Not to digress, but as a Knicks fan, I’m even down with swapping Felton for Billups to get a deal done with the Nuggets. Make it happen… It’s time to put Carmelo in a (#30) Knicks jersey.

  • g

    man shut up melo

  • Karron “Da Holy Karron”

    Hahaha yall katz be killin me done made my day at work hahaha but Melo goz in hardcore he really reamind me of a Glean “Big Dog” Robinson and a mix of Benard King just sayin younginz look em both up watch his game flow to therez

  • http://www.boogiewillaims.com Boing Dynasty

    @Karron, Anyone who is old enough to know about Big Dogg, and Bernard should not be typing like that. Continue if you like just understand it looks retarded.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Carmelo is really turning into a great player.

  • BostonBaller

    Let’s not put G. Robinson in the same category as Bernard “The” King please.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Without all the trade talk and side stuff, do we think Carmelo could be getting MVP talk this year?

  • youngmuggsy

    I agree with Melo, it does take a strong minded person to cope with multiple teams offering multimillion dollar contracts whilst you play a sport you enjoy for a living.

  • Jer dawg

    Good for Melo. He ain’t moving shoes anymore. He’s just full of himself. This will probably invite more stuff if and when he doesn’t play well. You aren’t franchise type guy. Just a high caliber player.

  • http://www.fbi.gov Hare

    What a joke

  • Charles

    Keep uP the great d melo.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    @Fleming; Assuming he isn’t traded by the deadline, Denver would have to make a serious push now that they are healthy and end up somewhere between 3 and 5 in the West for Melo to get consideration.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Can you imagine the reaction if LeBron said this?

  • Omar

    If LeBron said this, I would probably love it even more than him sticking up for his mom.

  • http://www.fbi.gov Hare

    Can the writers please put their names on the articles they write, so that we can properly address them when ripping them to shreds?

  • burnt_chicken

    can you imagine the reaction if Tony Allen said this?

  • MusketeerX

    He has been going through a lot. If I had lost my sister, I wouldn’t be able to function, let alone play some of the best basketball of my life.

  • B-E-Z

    Melo is so great his team doesn’t even have to win on the road lol Beat Memphis before you take your hat off thanks

  • greg

    actually they always suck on the road nd they usually do ok


    Carmelo put up a performance last night good enough for the Nuggets to win, but the Nuggets as a team shot poorly from behind the 3 point line (5-16), turned the ball over 15 times, and gave the Grizzlies 32 attempts at the charity stripe. Bottom line, I take my hat off to KING Carmelo for continuing to play so well, despite all the trade rumors and uncertainty leading up to the current NBA trade deadline… TICK TICK TICK!

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Considering the trade talk and even more importantly his sister, Carmello is playing quite well. If he was in a slump, people would ‘understand’ considering what’s been going on, so for him to understand that he’s overcoming a lot and still performing. Nothing wrong with that IMO. He should take his hat off to himself. Players know when they do well and nothing wrong with admitting that what he’s been doing isn’t something the average person could. If LeBron went through something similar (which I’d never wish death of a family member on anybody) and played just as well and recongnized it, I’d say the exact same thing.