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Carmelo Anthony dodges talk of his plans next summer

Jul 31, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony can opt out of his contract next summer and he’s expected to do just that to lock down the security of a new longer deal — and he doesn’t really want to talk about it.

He’ll talk about how he likes the offseason moves his Knicks made — picking up Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace — and how he’s excited for next season. He was willing to do that with ESPN New York.

“We got [Metta World Peace], and I think [Andrea] Bargnani was really a steal for us. He’ll help us spread the floor. We got J.R. [Smith] back and we kept the core guys together….

“It’s a big year,” said Anthony, who recently returned from a Jordan Brand trip to China with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. “A huge upcoming season for me, as a team and as an organization.”

It’s going to be an interesting year for the Knicks. I’m not big on Bargnani (and don’t think any Knicks fans that are will be by Christmas), but the addition of World Peace with a full season of Iman Shumpert should improve what was a pedestrian defense last season. Problem is, I don’t think that gets that past the Heat in the playoffs; the Pacers were better and get back an All-Star in Danny Granger plus they addressed their depth issues; the Bulls get Derrick Rose back; and the Nets got older but a whole lot tougher and better. The top of the East is going to be much tougher and we’ll see if the Knicks can hang.

But the bigger question with ‘Melo is next summer, when he could opt out of his contract and be a free agent. He’s not talking about that.

Will this season determine whether he remains in New York long-term?

“I can’t do that,” Anthony said. “It’s too tough right now.”

Don’t worry, it’s not like the New York media are the kinds of people who will bring this topic up daily. I’m sure they will pull back so he can make his decision in peace and in his own time frame.

(If you didn’t feel the sarcasm in those last sentences, read them again.)

  1. arrondior - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    This season will actually define Anthony. If he lays another egg in the play-offs I don’t really see many teams building around him. Maybe bringing him in as a scorer but the team will no longer be HIS team. I like the Knicks roster this year and IMO they are better on paper than the Nets and par with the Pacers and Bulls. Let’s see who shows up to play on the court.

    • nycalldayz - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      You Knicks fans can’t face reality. As of now the Knicks are not better than the Heat, Pacers, Nets or Bulls. I think the Cavs, Hawks or Pistons could give the Knicks a run for their money. Of course games haven’t been played yet, but right now on paper the Knicks aren’t better than the top 4 teams. I like Melo, but Knicks are not winning with a duo of Melo and Smith. The Knicks have too many flaws starting with the starting line-up not so much the bench.

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        you seem to tell the future, did you predict any of the BIG injuries that doomed
        some teams last year or do you just imagine they didn’t happen.
        why don’t you predict the finals teams and the winner with the scores of each game.

      • adamsjohn714 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        here’s a prediction Fanofevilempire: The knicks will be 10-15 games worse than last year. Bargnani will be terrible like he always has been.

  2. aboogy123456 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I don’t think Melo has much to prove, he played amazing last year. He got the knicks to the second round and then they played a pacers team with much more overall talent, not much he could do. I don’t see him going anywhere either, it just sounds like he’s trying to be smart and not put his cards on the table.

    • thomaskouns - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      ‘Melo doesn’t have much to prove’……. ‘He made it to the second round last year’……..

      Huhhh, the farthest he’s ever made it is to the second round and not beyond and he’s only done it one other time.

      That’s not exactly the definition of a superstar career….

      • aboogy123456 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Well what more can you ask him to do to prove himself? Do you think he should have beaten kobe and the lakers who had a much better team? There are all these people that criticize Melo because they think he’s not a team player, but then they ignore the fact that it’s a team game when they say he hasn’t gotten them far enough. He’s not someone who ever is afraid of the big moment, I think his teams just have not been good enough. The knicks are a cap-strapped team with very little talent, and without him they look like a team picking in the top five. He also made the conference finals one time with the nuggets.

      • fanofevilempire - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        I don’t really pay any attention when I don’t know who your team is and whose
        game you like because I don’t think that is a good argument.
        The internet has exposed that many people are worthless haters so why bother.
        I rather tune into the games and watch, but making ridiculous predictions I will
        leave that to haters on sports radio/tv who make a living @ that.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        “Huhhh, the farthest he’s ever made it is to the second round and not beyond and he’s only done it one other time.”

        The Nuggets took the Lakers to 6 games in the 2009 Western Conference Finals.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Speaking of worthless haters: the Knicks have the #1 worthless hater since Bozo: the pathetic wee-weeper, Cantonbound.

      • mikemann89 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:45 AM

        Huh ….. I remember Carmelo and Chauncey taking the nuggets to the western conference finals vs the Lakers . I could be wrong, correct me if so , but isn’t getting to the third round better than the 2nd? Dumb ass.

    • topdawg4ever - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      He’s not a team player, not a leader, and will never take the Knicks (or any other team) past the second round- especially now that Chicago has Rose back.

      • nycalldayz - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        Chicago has Rose back? Seriously? Carmelo couldn’t get his Knicks pass the Pacers. And the Knicks barely beat a Boston squad missing half it’s rotation players.

      • thomaskouns - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Exactly right topdawg4ever.

        Superstars have this bizarre quality you Carmelo lovers may have heard of……They play this weird thing called …..defense…

        Can any Carmelo lovers here honestly tell me he give even a 50% effort on defense… Exactly and neither do ant NBA Scouting Resports..

        Oh yeah I forgot to mention, he’s one of the worst players in the league without the ball in his hands (screens, picks, making teammates better) – small stuff like that

        But he puts up a lot of numbers and the uneducated fan thinks he’s ‘really cool.’

      • topdawg4ever - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Excellent points thomaskouns.

  3. m4a188 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    He will prove to another organization and fan base that you cannot build a team with him as the centrepiece.

  4. determineflksmakeit - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    “A Steal” is usually meant when you take something of value from someone. When something is “Given” to you…it normally means that individual did not want it and/or was giving you charity. In the case of Andrea Bargnani it definitely wasn’t “A Steal” and it certainly wasn’t charitable contribution.

    • adamsjohn714 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      It was a fleecing by the raptors.

  5. borisalessandri - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    If they think “the player formerly known as Ron Artest” is going to get them over the hump, their fanbase is absolutely DELUSIONAL! the Knicks aren’t even a Top 4 team in the East or the best team in their state. They’re a #5 seed at best

  6. bux1022 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    All I have to say is the same idiots chiming in, including the writer, we’re the same idiots that said the Knicks were to old last year and wouldn’t even make the playoffs. We won more than 50 games and went to the second round. Every year since Amare we have improved! Stop hating chumps!

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Only an idiot thinks Carmelo isn’t a winner. He’s one of the best players in the NBA; anyone who saw his unbelievable shooting performance in the London Olympics would not put Carmelo down. He’s a true superstar, and the Knicks are lucky to have him.

      • adamsjohn714 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        why are people so darn convinced that Melo is a great player? What are the arguments for him besides that he takes a lot of shots a game (i mean PPG, whoops, sorry)?

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      And it’s the typical New Yawk sphincter who thinks anyone who disagrees with him is an idiot.

  7. bux1022 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Knicks punked Boston and the Nets last season. We went further than both team in the post season. So now they mirage rosters and now try are better? You got to be F^*%ing kidding me!

    • topdawg4ever - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Oh yeah- such tough teams to beat LOL!

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:34 PM

        Best comment ever.

    • nycalldayz - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:27 PM


      Carmelo couldn’t get his Knicks pass the Pacers. And the Knicks barely beat a Boston squad missing half it’s rotation players. You need to get your head examined, because u sound insane. lol

      • mikemann89 - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:53 AM

        How can you have NYC all day in your name but hate soooo much on the Knicks?

  8. adamsjohn714 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Carmelo produced 2.26 Wins this past season at a clip of .44 WinsProduced per 48 minutes. His WinsProduced total was good for 7th on the team, though he was 2nd in overall minutes. (average WP/48 is .100) He wasn’t very good, and hasn’t been his whole career.

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