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Carmelo Anthony talks Nets, says he told them nothing

Jan 20, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

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When reporters descended on him postgame, Carmelo Anthony still hadn’t seen the press conference where  Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the plug on trade discussions that would have sent Anthony to New Jersey. (It’s understandable, Anthony had been a tad busy dropping 35 on the Thunder in a Nugget win).

Still his post-game comments sounded like he had a pretty good grasp of what happened. (Quotes via Chris Tomasson of FanHouse’s twitter account.)

“I’m pretty sure he was tired of it, going through the back and forth and he didn’t want to deal with it.”

“I never said anything. I never told anybody anything. I’m pretty sure (Prokhorov) was tired of everything that was going. The things you guys write about him. He probably got tired of it. He probably got tired up of it. He probably got fed up about it and he just wanted to move on.”

He may have been tired of what we in the media write, but you can be sure he was more tired of having no idea what Anthony was thinking. This is a long, long way to down the trade rabbit hole not knowing if the guy you’re all talking about will sign an extension to stay in New Jersey.

It’s on you Anthony. He needed to know.

It would have come up at a meeting that both Prokhorov and Anthony both said had been scheduled for Thursday but that the Prokhorov cancelled.

“Yeah, I mean he’s a very interesting man. For me to just be in the room with him and to have a conversation, I would have loved that.”

Anthony said he still expects to be traded by deadline Feb. 24, but he refused to answer questions about other teams or scenarios. That includes not answering questions about re-signing with Denver.

New Jersey may be out of the picture. Maybe. But ‘Melo also knows the processes is not.

“I still am going to have to deal with it (trade rumors).”

  1. hnirobert3 - Jan 20, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    Have fun in NYC, Melo. Enjoy the great fans and the overinflated importance of their team.

  2. dmitchell624 - Jan 20, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Kurt Helin wrote “He may have been tired of what we in the media write, but you can be sure he was more tired of having no idea what Anthony was thinking.”

    Actually no, it was the gouging that the Denver Front Office was trying to do to his franchise. Their ploy of here is what we want, Nets say ok, Nuggets say ok then we want more and take everyone off our roster we made the mistake of signing in the first place. That is what was exhausting. That is what tired everyone out. They had a king’s ransom for a very good but maybe not great player and kept wanting more. Enough was enough.

    As for the media Kurt, your writing in particular seems to be without any merit whatsoever.

  3. Fred - Jan 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    NYC fans are definitely great, hni. And he will have fun here. Don’t hate!

  4. jmad34 - Jan 20, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    Not so fast though… according to reports, the Bulls are holding internal discussions on Melo. They don’t want to part with Noah, but they can package Deng, Taj Gibson, and picks. Any thoughts?

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