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Carmelo Anthony says his window is closing, wants to bring the Knicks a championsip

Aug 3, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York Reuters

In advance of Carmelo Anthony‘s ability to opt out of his contract next summer and become an unrestricted free agent, he’s going to get asked a lot of different questions that are aimed at getting a response that will clue us in to what his future plans may be.

This continued on Saturday, when Anthony spoke to reporters while attending his camp for children at Queens College.

The topic of free agency was quickly shot down by Anthony, who responded that he was focused on today and would deal with it when the time comes.

But after playing 10 NBA seasons, the thought of a championship seems more at the forefront of Anthony’s thoughts, and if he’s serious about earning one before it’s all said and done, that could obviously affect his free agent decision.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“My window is closing,’’ Anthony told the campers. “I’m trying to bring a championship to New York ASAP.’’

Later on, Anthony specified he was not referring to his window closing as a Knick. He has an opt-out clause after this season but said he honestly hasn’t given it a minute’s thought on what he will do.

Anthony is nowhere near retirement, and if he is as committed to New York as he’s seemed to be since forcing his way there in a trade from the Nuggets in 2011, he could still re-up there with a new deal before going ring-chasing with another franchise in the final years of his career.

It’s worth noting, though, that while the Knicks finished the regular season with the second best record in the Eastern Conference, most aren’t picking them to be any higher than fourth next year behind an improved Pacers team, a Bulls squad that is expected to return Derrick Rose, and of course, the two-time defending champion Heat.

If a championship is what Anthony is after, then you could make the case that leaving New York could give him a more immediate shot to do that. But like all of these remarks, it’s silly to try to read too much into any one statement — considering that even Anthony himself has no idea what he’ll feel like doing at the end of next season.

  1. pantsfreezone - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Hey Melo, stop shooting such terrible shots and ask management not to trade/sign terrible players.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      If somehow he traded himself for Kawhi Leonard, that could bring a championship to the Knicks.

      • kb2408 - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        If you switched Kawhi and Melo the Spurs would win the title and the Knicks would be worse off. I love Kawhi’s game and I think he’s a future star, but right now he is not Melo. Pop would make Melo play the right way and Melo, Parker and Duncan would be a championship team.

      • adamsjohn714 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        I don’t think even Pop can fix Melo. Kawhi is clearly a superior player. But I just say that because I value rebounding, not turning the ball over, steals, not fouling on defense, scoring efficiency, etc.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      His forced trade to the knicks pretty much got rid of any decent knicks players that could help him, and his selfish style of play has made amare a useless player for the knicks.

      • impartialsportstalk - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Bingo. But when your a glorified public figure, the super ego refuses to tell one that they put themselves into the position they are in.

      • emosnar - Aug 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        Dolan’s failure to listen to Donnie Walsh is what got rid of the decent core that would’ve been surrounding Melo. Melo was coming to NY regardless of the negotiations. The Knicks would’ve already won a title if they just followed the Donnie Walsh plan of securing Melo. Instead they gutted the whole team in a haste.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      if you don’t ride with the knickerbockers STFU, WTF cares what you say.

      good night!

  2. bmoreravens1012013 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    He is saying look New York , I’m leaving after next year so you better get me some help so we can win a ring before I leave. He may stay if they win a ring , but based on his comments he sounds as if he’s leaving regardless.

    • kinggw - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Leaving to go where? If Melo resigns, and he probably will, and waits one year the Knicks have tons of money coming off the books. They could be a player for a guy like Kevin Love and be right back in the hunt.

  3. antistratfordian - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Closing? It’s already closed.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Aug 4, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      When was it ever open

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Swear I wrote about 4 or 5 snarky comments that bad to do with Carmelo/Knicks/Chamionships, but I deleted them all because the subject is just too easy and nobody likes a bully.

    So here is my official comment. “Carmelo is a great player, the Knicks are a historic organization; and a championship for NY would be a great thing for the city, the league, and basketball fans everywhere.” 1972wasalongtimeago

    • 00maltliquor - Aug 4, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      That was pretty clever. Or super ironic that your name is 1972wasalongtimeago and the last time the Knicks won a championship was in 1973 (1972-73 season) against my Lakers.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Heat fan bro. You and i have had our back and forths before. The name started on PFT bc I’m a long suffering Dolphins fan but that’s a whole other story.

        I made this comment because I’m making fun of the ridiculousness of putting the words Carmelo, Knicks, and championship in the same sentence. So I wouldn’t say I’m being “ironic”. More like “sarcastic”

  5. thetooloftools - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    He is not a leader. Who is going to lead the Knicks? Don’t worry. LeBron knows he is never coming back to Cleveland ever, so he and Mellow may team up on the world’s biggest stage. Wade’s breaking down and Bosh won’t play and D so that “ring thing” in Miami is quickly coming to a close too.

  6. jcmeyer10 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Watched Carmelo force his way out of Denver. NYK, don’t think he won’t walk.

  7. aboogy123456 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Carmelo is a championship talent, and I think the management has done a great job of surrounding him with solid role players. There was one unfortunate mistake though…Amare’s contract. It’s going to be hard for them to get any better when you have an untradeable $20 million a year contract for a bench player. I love Amare’s team first attitude, but he is the one holding the knicks back, and there’s only so much that Melo can do.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      why is he a championship talent. He’s a guy who shoots, but doesn’t make, a lot, rebounds about average, and everything else is fairly poor. How does he help your team win?

      • elcapitanfiscal - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        He is NOT championship talent..teams win rings not individuals..he can score 30 pts a game on 30 shots all he wants, but until he fugures out defense is half the battle, he won’t even get out of the first round..

        He makes his teammates worse(see amare) and is oh so cant win rings like that unless shaq is on your team(im looking at you Kobe)

    • dysraw1 - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      go easy on the big fellow. hes the man who had the gusto to come to ny. when we were failed & flawed.and he came out the gate smoking. to many folks have that what have you done for me lately attitude. i maybe the only 1, but i don’t think STAT is done, of course i could be wrong

  8. dysraw1 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    what folks don’t get is that every second season is an opportunity to get a ring. three years ago, the Knick s, were not even seeing the second season. progress is in effect

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      What you seem to miss is that every season is a chance to regress as well. They lost Kidd (who was quite productive), Novak (who was average in his minutes), and picked up Bargnani (who’s been awful his entire career).

      • eboneseagles - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Awful comment, Novak is terrible, Kidd was terrible for most of the second half and all the playoffs and Bargnani has not been bad his whole career.

      • dysraw1 - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        Metta Worldpeace

  9. bux1022 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM


    The 2013 scoring champ doesn’t score a lot huh? Interesting!

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:41 PM


      First, adamsjohn714 has ripped my comments to him on other posts and I don’t agree with the majority of his either.

      But I went and looked at each adamsjohn714 comment on this thread and nowhere does he say that the 2013 scoring champ doesn’t scorre a lot as you just said.

      What I did find him to say was “He’s a guy who shoots, but doesn’t make, a lot,” which is different from what you said.

      Yes, you are correct that the scoring champ does score a lot, by definition this is so.

      But even though Melo scored a lot, it DID take him a lot of shots and he did MISS a lot as adamsjohn714 said.

      Melo took 22.22 shots a game last yr to get his 28.7 pts per game. He just beat out Durant for the scoring title as Durant avearage 28.1 pts a game and was 2nd in the league in scoring. Durant only averaged 17.69 shots a game last yr to get his 28.1 pts per game. Had Durant averaged a tad bit more shots per game, Melo wouldn’t have been the scoring champ.

      Now for all the MISSES Melo made. Let’s compare some of the stars, Kobe, Durant, LeBron &Wade to Melo.

      FG% last yr

      LeBron .565%
      Wade .521%
      Durant .510%
      Kobe .463%

      Melo .449%

      Yeah, Melo misses a lot. He was the scoring champ ONLY because he took so many shots. He is a volume scorer who has to chuck up a lot of shots in order to score.

      Currently, here is where some are on the all time list of NBA true shooting percentage leaders right now:

      Magic 9th
      Nash 13th
      Dwight Howard 17th
      Amar’e 19th
      Durant 25th
      Ginobili 30th
      Ray Allen 48th
      LeBron 58th
      Chris Paul 59th
      Pau Gasol 61st
      Chris Bosh 70th
      Michael Jordan 73rd
      Paul Pierce 74th
      D. Wade 79th
      Larry Bird 90th
      Kobe Bryant 130th

      Carmelo Anthony 199th currently on the all time list of NBA true shooting percentage leaders per basketball reference dot com.

      While Kobe is also a volume scorer, Kobe, in his career played “D” too, many many time all defensive 1st team in the NBA.

      Melo has never been known as even a good defender.

      But yeah, he did lead the league in scoring last year. You know, he took 22.26/5 of the Knicks field goal attempts last yr, he of the .449% shooting.

      And how did team shooting percentages work out last yr for some teams? Glad you asked.

      Heat ranked 1st in team shooting last yr.

      Spurs and Thunder tied for 2nd in team shooting percentage last yr.

      Knicks 18th in the NBA in team shooting percentage last yr.

      Scoring champs DON’T always help their teams as much as people may think. I mean teams only get so many shot attempts in a game, due to there only being 48 mins in a game.

      The Knicks averaged 81.57 shots a game last yr and MeBrick took 22.22 shots a game himself. Clank.

      You know what? I HOPE the LAKERS do get him in the summer of 2014. That way they could replace one volume scorer who is on his way out due to age with another volume scorer, although one who doesn’t play “D” the way the other one did.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      No he scores a lot. He’s just not all that good at it. Net Points = Total Points – ((fga x 1) + (fta x .44)). Carmelo simply takes too many possessions to score those points.

  10. bux1022 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Kidd was good for the first half of the season. Novak couldn’t get off the bench, hence Copeland’s 6 mill contract with the bucks. I’m guessing you don’t watch many Knicks games!

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Uh Copeland is on the Pacers now, not the Bucks…

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:01 PM

        2 thumbs down? Really?? This is fact, not an opinion!

  11. bux1022 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Melo will retire a Knickerbocker! Case closed, over an out!

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      And he will be like Brett Favre. He will score the most points in Knick history and take the most shots. Congrats, he will be remembered as a ball hog.

  12. bux1022 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Correction Pacers. Long night!

  13. scharffy13 - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    He Better Hope That The Pacers Make A Play For Him Next Year…..

  14. jamieaadams - Aug 3, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I can’t wait until he makes the Lakers mediocre, too.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM


      • jamieaadams - Aug 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        Good point.

  15. onlyavoice - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    He Does Have A Title, ” BALL HOG “.
    I Remember ALL The Knicks Fans Clearly Stating They Did Not Want The Melo Trade For All
    The Reason Everyone States.
    Melo Just Cannot/Refuses To Play Team Ball.
    Notice The Olympic Team/Coaches Had To Bring Him Off The Bench Because Of That Exact Reason.
    It’s Well Reported That Kidd Was Brought In To Back Chandler Into Getting Melo To Play Team Ball,
    Kidd Saw It Useless & Retired.
    Knicks Fans Want A Title Worse Than Melo & Have Been There Longer & They Have Every Right To Want One, But Melo Will Not Lead The Knicks To a Title.

    • Anoesis - Aug 4, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      Isn’t it tiring to capitalize every single word? I got exhausted half-way through that mess.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      He shot the lights out at the London Olympics, and was instrumental in Team USA’s gold medal run.

  16. bw1980 - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    “Uh, I want to win championships and I just don’t understand why I haven’t. Are you going to sit there and tell me that making 12 out of every 30 field goal attempts isn’t going to cut it? How can this team win if I don’t score 30? I mean, sure, 40% of the shots I take are against triple teams because opponents know they don’t have to guard any of my teammates when I have the ball. And yes, there are wheelchair bound players who can and would play better defense than I do but I outscore the people I’m matched up against so what else matters?”

    My advice to Carmelo Anthony: Completely overhaul the way that you view the game of basketball. Learn how to pass, give 100% (or even 50%) on the defensive end. Otherwise your just another guy who is going to be looked upon as nearly worthless as the statistics evolve and it becomes evident that you were a player who simply scored a lot because he shot a lot.

  17. jjones314 - Aug 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Melo’s gonna get a ring. He’s too talented. I think as he gets older and more mature, he will adjust his game. Focus more on other things besides just being a great scorer.

    Honestly I think he’s still the best scorer in the game. On the offensive side of the ball, he almost has no flaw. He can do it all. He may take a lot of shots sometimes but still nobody can really guard the man.

    He can do it.

    • jimeejohnson - Aug 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Charles Barkley was better and he never won a championship, although he came very close. The Knicks just don’t have the pieces necessary to win it all. Melo might have to be happy with his NCAA championship, because the Knicks are not going to win the title with this configuration. They might even lose the battle for New Yawk to those Nets.

  18. bux1022 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    “…why is he a championship talent. He’s a guy who shoots, but doesn’t make, a lot..”

    That’s was sportsman comment! 44% from the field for a volume shooter is pretty damn good!

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM


      Simply go to basketball reference dot com and look up the list of all time true shooting percentage leaders in the NBA as it stands now (after the 2012/2103 season).

      To say you some time, here are some notable players. Please NOTE where Mehog/Mebrick is at with respect to true shooting percentage…

      Currently, here is where some are on the all time list of NBA true shooting percentage leaders right now:

      Magic 9th
      Nash 13th
      Dwight Howard 17th
      Amar’e 19th
      Durant 25th
      Ginobili 30th
      Ray Allen 48th
      LeBron 58th
      Chris Paul 59th
      Pau Gasol 61st
      Chris Bosh 70th
      Michael Jordan 73rd
      Paul Pierce 74th
      D. Wade 79th
      Larry Bird 90th
      Kobe Bryant 130th

      Carmelo Anthony 199th currently on the all time list of NBA true shooting percentage leaders per basketball reference dot com.

  19. bux1022 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    “…why is he a championship talent. He’s a guy who shoots, but doesn’t make, a lot..”

    That’s was sportsman comment! 44% from the field for a volume shooter is pretty damn good!

    Reading comprehension is not that difficult!

  20. bux1022 - Aug 4, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    “…why is he a championship talent. He’s a guy who shoots, but doesn’t make, a lot..”

    That’s was sportsman comment! 44% from the field for a volume shooter is pretty damn good!

    Reading comprehension is not that difficult!

    To win a scoring championship you have to score a lot. Kinda how that works. You can post stats for day, posts as long as my arm, end of the day the scoring champ is what it it! Can’t be the champ if the rock doesn’t go in the net!!

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 4, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      44% from the field isn’t pretty damn good for anyone. It’s not like a scoring champion always shoots poorly because it’s too hard to score with volume and efficiency. Now, he does take a lot of 3’s and FT’s which raises his TS% to a decent level, but those possessions are still used up too often on missed FGA. Durant is the best scorer the NBA has seen since Jordan, Barkley, and Malone. This past season he scored more net points a game than Jordan ever has in his career. The guy is ridiculously efficient which still scoring at tremendous volume. To simplify the matter of scoring to something like PPG is insulting.

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