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Carmelo Anthony calls contract offer for Jeremy Lin ‘ridiculous’

Jul 15, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni AP

Want to stress this up front as much as possible. Carmelo Anthony is not talking about Jeremy Lin‘s game, or how good he is as a player. Every comment Melo has ever made about Lin has been that he is a promising young player who can help the team win. This is not Carmelo Anthony throwing a teammate under the bus.

Maybe it’s a little like throwing a teammate’s wallet under a four-wheeler, though.

At comments from Team USA practice Sunday morning, Anthony told reporters a throw-away comment. From Sporting News (a lot of reporters snagged the quote):

Anthony said Saturday that he wanted Lin to remain his teammate. But he followed that up with this remark on Sunday: “It’s up to the organization to say that they want to match that ridiculous contract.”

via New York Knicks reportedly decide against matching Rockets’ offer for Jeremy Lin – NBA – Sporting News.

Ouch.

Is the Lin contract a little ridiculous? Of course. Its a pointed effort by the Rockets to construct an offer to shake the Knicks loose of the offer. It’s a poison-pill aimed at being ridiculous enough to get the Knicks not to match. And it’s based on potential, not track record.

But don’t get this twisted. This is a player, saying that the contract another player, a teammate, earned, is ridiculous. That’s a strike where players’ care the most: their money. It’s not a personal attack on Lin, but it’s also a pretty stunning lack of decorum from the leader of the team deciding whether to match the offer or not. Whether you believe Anthony intentionally made the statement or it was a slip without thinking, the result is the same. It paints the impression that the Knicks think that kind of spending is absurd.

This.

From the Knicks.

In unrelated news, Anthony has $67 million left over three years on his contract. The Knicks have yet to advance past the first round.

  1. robertb655 - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Lin isn’t any good! Just a PR ploy, let Houston take him

  2. dysraw1 - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    got nothing against J Lin in fact i am happy that hes getting paid, but Melo is right that contract is stupid, like i said in earlier post this young man has only proved his marketing value,not hating. as for the ppl. claiming that this team can win with Melo on the team well all i can say about that is it remains to be seen. however i can say his game has got a lot better, in all areas including playing D. it takes a team to win titles not 1 man

    • saint1997 - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      I love how Kurt is like yeah this is isn’t Melo throwing Lin under a bus. No, it’s you throwing Melo under the bus..

      • dysraw1 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        i dont think he likes Melo

  3. jjviolin1 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    all of you sayin lin isnt good are idiots. remember the 38 point performance against the Lakers? what about that 20+ pt game and 14 assists against Dallas, with Shawn Marion guarding him? give me a break you all are clearly ignorant and hate to see someone succeed who isnt a “brotha”

    • mbuda732 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      thats 2 games. What about the game against the Heat where he was blanked by Mario Chalmers and played absolutely horrible? What about his suspect defense? What about his left hand not existing? Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd for 3 years would be less than keeping JUST Jeremy Lin. Come on people, you cant be this stupid..

      • jjviolin1 - Jul 16, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        If i recall, the heat were double teaming him as soon as he touched the ball…additionally, it is 2 games, but its against championship caliber teams. Everyone is constantly saying it was only against lottery teams where he played well.

  4. jonirocit - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    How many times does this ass bag have to prove he is a selfish loser ? He is everything that is wrong with the nba and an embarrassment to our country on team USA .

  5. isujames - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    It is a rediculous contract just like his and a lot of other contract$ in sports, isn’t he coming off some type of knee surgery???? Leave it to the media to add fuel to a fire.

  6. thehawg - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    All u playa’s money is ridiculous, exept LeBron’s.

  7. jlinfan7 - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    What is ridiculous is all that money the Knicks are paying Melo and the pitiful return on their investment has been one measly playoff game win. Melo is to ball movement what constipation is to a digestive system. Melo’s thing is getting bounced out of the playoffs in the first round. Melo doesn’t make the players around him better, Melo drags the players around him down. Such is the futility of a Melo-centric team.

  8. nokoolaidcowboy - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    Anthony has 67 mil left over in his contract? He should just play and keep his nose out of Lin’s business. Teammates aren’t supposed to be…never mind. This guy is NEVER going to get it!

  9. jebdamone - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    reason number 1,483 that carmelo anthony is one of my least favorite players of the last 30 years. yes the contract is more about marketing than skill but you NEVER say something like this as a player about another player. especially when its coming from a ‘superstar’ who has never made it out of the first round of the playoffs and can easily be argued as one of the more overpaid players in the league.

    • tomtravis76 - Jul 15, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      Melo never made it out of the first round of the playoffs? Is that your playstation game? Just do a quick search about Nuggets playoffs with Melo, you might see something a tad different. Melo has had to carry every team at every level, he has to learn how to trust other players, he doesn’t have that kind of game. Once a superstar realizes he can’t do it on his own, then he can really take runs at titles.

      Yeah, there is no reason Melo should get into another guys contract business, but Melo knows giving Lin that type of money won’t allow the Knicks to add more pieces. Hope Lin does great in Houston.

  10. cowboyscanada - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Another classy comment by Melo. Funny coming from an overpaid player who will never ein anything. He’s a joke.

  11. asublimeday - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:39 AM

    Carmelo wants to keep money in his pocket, the ball in his hands, and the players on his team black.

  12. boilerup1869 - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Carmelo Anthony is not a winner.

    • tomtravis76 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      not a winner… high school titles in MD, NCAA title as a freshman at Cuse, Olympic gold medals. Nope, Melo hasn’t won anything, can’t call him a winner.

      • boilerup1869 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        Carmelo doesn’t win NBA Championships dum dum. Please save your dumb fanboy comments for someone else.

      • brianjoates - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        No worries, Tomtravis, that response is clearly written by a 17 year old flyover state kid.

        Winner is clearly defined as NBA championships? Winning at all levels except the league thus far surley discredits his basketball career.

        Watch how Melo takes his game to a new level this season with Kidd running the PG. The Knicks need to find Amare a new home, he just doesn’t fit with this squad.

      • knightrider1755 - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM

        What has Melo won playing in the NBA besides an outlandish contract from the Knicks?

  13. allen227 - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Who the hell is Carmelo? Just another over priced thug who’s not worth the money he’s making. Try focus on winning instead of what others make!

  14. redblue560 - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    In someway, Carmelo Anthony is right. This is not about Lin’s talent or what kind of player he will be.
    This is more of a poison contract and I think the Knicks are reasonable not to match. Let the Rockets take that.

    Lin have been in the league for at least a year, got traded to several teams before his exposure in New York. He also played college basketball. Just wondering why he did not attract attention with team scouts. Maybe they saw a weakness that is hard to improve.

  15. chilomane - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    Melo is a douche

  16. warhol63 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Lin may not be worth that kinda money on the court but is definitely worth it to fill seats and sell jerseys. Melo definitely not worth his huge contract so time for Melo to step back and take a look deep inside instead of hatin’ so much on his up and coming teammate…where is the love, man?

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