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LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony spend media day not talking free agency

Sep 30, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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They can ignore the questions, but this storyline will not go away.

Pretty much every time Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James step in front of television cameras and reporters this season they are going to be asked about free agency this summer. Both can and likely will opt out of their deals and become free agents, and both will get asked questions about their plans hundreds of different ways over the course of the season.

On media day both had to step up to the podium for press conferences, and both LeBron and Carmelo dodged the questions.

Both LeBron and Carmelo have used the “we’re not going to talk about it” system in the past to limited success, but it seems to be the go-to play.

The fact is they are two of the biggest names in the game and there are a lot of fan bases that want their teams to go hard at these guys next summer. Smart money is on both of them staying put, but there are only a handful of genuine franchise players out there and if you think you have a shot at one you have to make a run at them.

And that makes for a story that does not go away.

  1. sportsfan18 - Sep 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Melo is good, but he is way overrated. He’s a volume scorer. When one has to shoot as much as he does to score, it takes away from the team and he isn’t a good defender.

    I mean Kobe, LeBron and MJ were all multiple first time all NBA defensive team players so they produced on both sides of the court.

    Melo just shoots and he doesn’t shoot that well either. And to pay THAT much money for his skill set is wrong when others do so much more for around the same money.

    • antistratfordian - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      Melo is a worse version of Kobe as far as efficiency goes, but his reputation hasn’t been sullied with the masses for the same reason Kobe’s wasn’t… that is when you watch him play and he gets hot he quite literally becomes unstoppable, NBA Jam On Fire edition.

      There are only a handful of players who can enter that zone with any sort of regularity and Melo is one of them. I seent it! Multiple times. When you’re on the receiving end you find yourself yelling “someone stop that guy!” at your TV. But that doesn’t work either.

      (This is where someone like Henry Abbott interjects to suggest that “zones” don’t exist. But I’ve played too much basketball at a high level to know otherwise.)

    • djeter220 - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      I think if you’d watch Knicks games you’d realize how necessary it is for Melo to take the bulk of the shots, and how Kobe, LeBron, and MJ all were able to be more selective due to their supporting casts, or at least the quality of number 2 scorer behind them.

      I’m still not even necessarily putting Melo in the same class as those three, but to dismiss what he contributes to his team by comparing him to 3 of the all time elites isn’t exactly fair.

    • adamsjohn714 - Oct 1, 2013 at 12:13 AM

      so why is melo good? You said it yourself, all he does is shoot and doesn’t shoot that well. That’s true. He’s an OK rebounder, but they play him at the 4 which negates that.

  2. dysraw1 - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    yeah you said that before

  3. brianjoates - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Melo doesn’t trust his teammates, that’s why he feels he needs to be the guy on the offensive end. Just watch his game when he plays with Team USA, he is a well rounded player on both ends.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if Lebron, Wade and Melo spent time in San Diego talking about a run together in Miami. Melo wants rings and while he said in the past he wouldn’t do that, he doesn’t want to be one of the guys with zero rings. Lebron knows he has to take less salary to keep winning.

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