Carmelo Anthony Wants To Remain In New York
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jan 19, 2017,
Jan 19, 2017, 0:40
Unfortunately, the guy who is front and center to this whole debacle has been Carmelo Anthony. He's still an above average offensive player, but his overall play has been underwhelming this season. The team has been criticized due to their lack of defensive efforts, especially on Anthony's end.
"The only sure thing is that Carmelo Anthony has outlived his usefulness in NY", he wrote. He's not as great as Charles Barkley or Karl Malone, but he has an image every bit as public as them and therefore faces accountability questions about why he doesn't have a ring - or, since arriving in NY in a blockbuster 2011 trade, even a conference finals appearance.
Anthony added that he still has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause.
Yesterday's loss was just another example of a team going nowhere right now.
This past week gave us a clear indication as to how bad the Knicks are as a franchise.
Rose skipped a game without even telling the team last week, saying he returned to Chicago for family reasons. The Knicks, who face the Celtics on Wednesday, are in a 2-11 slide to fall six games under.500. Bad breaks happen to bad teams.
Listen, if that's what they feel...if that's what's coming from that side that's what's coming from that side.
Carmelo Anthony said he's done wondering what Knicks management thinks of him and wants to be more "focused" on guiding his teammates through this crisis than being any further off-the-court distraction.
While this is a very murky situation, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne revealed some information regarding a sit-down conversation between Anthony and Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson on Tuesday. According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, Anthony was twice told that Rosen wrote the words, not Jackson, but Anthony seemed to suggest Jackson was behind it. He re-upped with the Knicks on a five-year contract in 2014 despite overtures from contenders, and those close to him have said he remains committed to bringing a title to the team. This team still might earn a playoff spot if they magically turn things around, but anything past that is nothing but a pipe dream.
Anthony is no stranger to criticism and rumors surrounding his dedication to the Knicks. I know for a fact people know that and people see that. He has a no-trade clause for a reason, and says he has no interest in waiving it. His offensive talents still hold value, but his performance on the defensive end of the court has been awful this season and he's clearly past the prime of his career. Anthony said he is "numb" to the amount of drama that has followed him this season, from former Nuggets coach George Karl's critical comments about him in his book to the latest predicament with Jackson. Perhaps he can return soon and help stop the skid. Anthony said he didn't achieve any clarity on whether the words came from Jackson, and he wasn't searching for it. It doesn't seem as if he talks to Anthony that much either.
The 2016-17 season hasn't been full of sunshine and roses for the revamped Knicks. "Especially being in a market like NY".
Blake hasn't been the healthiest superstar.