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Carmelo Anthony on whether Knicks should have made a deal at trade deadline: ‘That’s not for me to say’

Feb 22, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony did all he could to help his team win on Friday, but as has been the case more often than not this year, his effort simply wasn’t enough.

New York dropped a double-overtime game in Orlando that left them four and a half games out of a playoff spot in the East, despite Anthony finishing with 44 points and 11 rebounds.

The trade deadline came and went without the Knicks making any deals, and that’s probably a good thing considering what they were about to get back in exchange for Iman Shumpert. Anthony wasn’t interested in discussing his team’s lack of improvement after the loss, however, essentially saying that it wasn’t his place to comment on front office decisions.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Carmelo Anthony isn’t sure whether the Knicks standing pat at the trade deadline while their competitors improved was the right or wrong thing to do. But he knows not to dwell on it.

“We didn’t make any moves,’’ Anthony said after the latest disastrous loss, a 129-121 double-overtime defeat to the Magic on Friday night. “Should we have or not? That’s not for me to say. We didn’t, we move on. We have the same team and have to move on.’’

That’s not exactly the same as Kobe Bryant saying he doesn’t want any input on the Lakers free agent decisions, but it’s in the same vicinity.

The difference in Anthony’s case is that he himself will be a free agent this summer, and has said specifically that he wants to see the team’s future plans before he considers whether or not to re-sign.

No deal the Knicks would have made at the deadline would have improved the team enough on paper to guarantee a playoff spot via a second half push. Anthony likely realizes that, which is why the question of what the team will do in the offseason is far more important to him than the one of what could have happened at the deadline that has already passed.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    They should have made a deal, but they couldn’t find anyone willing to take their whole roster.

  2. cruzan80 - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    The Knicks management are absolutely the worst thing in sports. They have no picks in this year’s draft, next to no cap space this summer & a collection of players who either don’t fit (Bargnani) or just flat out can’t play (Felton).

    Why not trade Tyson Chandler & Iman Shumpert to the Suns for Emeka Okafor & one of their three 1st round picks in this year’s draft??? The Suns, who are trying to get better now would get a solid veteran, defensive minded Center a & young SG who would probably better fit their style of play…& they’ll still have two 1st round picks in this year’s draft.

    Knicks get cap space THIS summer (Luol Deng maybe), a 1st round pick in THIS year’s draft (Willie Cauley-Stein…he’s basically Tyson Chandler 10 years ago) & would have shown Melo that they at the very least have a “plan” to get better now & in the near future.

    But noooooooo….these are the Knicks. So instead they spent all day Thursday trying to trick the Clippers into taking Raymond Felton’s contract in exchange for a “good” but certainly not a “great” PG in Collison only to come up short. Now they’re gonna try to convince Melo to stay in this horrible situation for one more year so that they can TRY to get the likes of Rondo, Aldridge or Love to leave their situations to join the Knicks. This logic is why the Knicks are….well….the Knicks.

    Melo should absolutely leave this summer. If he stays, he’s gonna end up taking the blame for all this crap anyway. He needs to take a page outta LBJ, Bosh, KG & Ray Allen’s book & join other prolific All-stars ASAP.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM


    • Kevin S. - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Removing Chandler and Shumpert from the books next summer leaves the Knicks at over $70 million in salary commitments before considering the cap hold from the first they get (including Melo’s cap hold). The only way they have any cap space in that scenario is if Melo walks. Maybe if the cap jumps big they would have been far enough under the apron to use their full MLE, but the Knicks should never put themselves in a position to be hard-capped, especially when that would be destroying their leverage to finally use Bargnani’s (and possibly, though unlikely) Amar’e’s expirings as trade bait.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM


      I agree with you completely. The Knicks front office sucks and because of that, the team sucks too.

      Of course when I say this you get your panties in a wad and put me down.

      I told you the Knicks front office was trying to kick you fans while you were down and you had none of it.

      Now, that’s exactly what you’re saying. “But noooooooo….these are the Knicks.”

      Yep, these are the Knicks and they are kicking you fans while you’re down…

      • cruzan80 - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

        You said, “Shump is a good defensive guard. Good to have on a team. Collison? His skills retired a few seasons ago… but in his mind he’s the terminator…”
        I called this comment “ignorant”…..for obvious reasons…..but since you insist I’ll explain why.
        Shumpert, this “good defensive guard” you speak of…..has been awful in every other facet of the game of basketball this season. His PER of 9.62 is the WORST of any starting SG in the league. His FG% has declined every year. His .377 FG % & 6.9 PPG are the lowest of his three year career…..and this was supposed to be a “breakout” season for him. Also, one of the main reasons he’s been in the dog house with Knicks management all year is because last summer they asked him to participate in the Knicks summer league to help improve his game (his PG skills in particular). What does he do? Plays ONE GAME (poorly at that) then bolts to China to promote his Adidas sneakers….because that’s really…really important of course. Meanwhile, Tim Hardaway Jr. (9.6 PPG, FG% .445) did play in the Knicks summer league & has thoroughly outplayed Shumpert all season long….as a ROOKIE. Is he as good defensively as Shumpert…no….but he’s a rookie…he can get better defensively. As for now he’s younger, bigger & miles ahead offensively compared to Shumpert.
        You say Collison’s “skills retired a few seasons ago”? Really???
        PPG 12.4 FG% .477
        PPG 13.2 FG% .457
        PPG 10.4 FG% .440
        PPG 12.0 FG% .471
        PPG 9.9 FG% .459
        These stats would suggest that this 26 year old PG has been pretty consistent throughout his short career. His PER is currently 16.21 compared to 29 year old Felton’s 12.61 & when he was asked to start in place of Chris Paul for 19 games this season…..the Clippers didn’t miss a beat. As for your point about him playing for four teams in 5 years….so what? Ever heard of Chauncey Billups??? The kid is only in his 5th season & despite being traded as much as he has, his career has to date still been more productive than Shumpert’s.
        I’m not remotely saying the same thing you are. The Knicks should have traded Shumpert for Collison. Shumpert is currently the third best SG on the Knicks roster & Collison would be the best PG on the Knicks roster had that trade happened. Collison would have filled a NEED that the Knicks have…Shumpert currently does not. Tim Hardaway Jr., J.R. Smith & Shumpert’s poor play has made him very expendable. My beef was that there were “smarter” moves that could’ve been made that still includes Shumpert that the Knicks management, to the best of my knowledge didn’t even explore.
        You, like the Knicks management last Thursday….tried to trick everyone into thinking a player was worth more than he is. Acquiring Collison & Matt Barns (just as good a defender as Shumpert with a better offensive game) in exchange for an injury prone, overhyped SG & getting rid of Felton in the process as well would’ve been a win for the Knicks…..which is probably why the Clippers didn’t bite.

  3. indrathegod - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    The problem with the Knicks and the trade deadline is the fact that they wanted to move very few players when in reality there are several players they need to part ways with (Shumpert, JR, Felton, Udrih, Metta, Bargnani and Tyler). That’s a starting five and 2 reserves. Package em’ up and ship them out to the highest bidder, rebuild. Now. Not in the summer when other teams have serious cap space and you really don’t, along without having first-round picks.

    Idiots. If Melo stays, they deserve each other.

  4. chicagosports2014 - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Carmelo ain’t tripping!

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      One of the best comments, ever.

  5. erking1991 - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    melo will never win with his me-first mentality, not a team player one bit.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      What about when he won the NCAA championship as a freshman with Syracuse Univ.?

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        his mind and mentality hadn’t yet fully formed…

  6. 1forest1 - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Should have traded him to the Suns for picks, and some young talent. They’re going no where with this roster

  7. Professor Fate - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    “That’s not exactly the same as Kobe Bryant saying he doesn’t want any input on the Lakers free agent decisions, but it’s in the same vicinity.”

    If that is referring to this story: “Kobe says he doesn’t want input on Lakers free agent decisions this summer,” then both that headline and the above reference to it are misleading.

    Bryant said he didn’t want to provide input. That isn’t the same thing as him not wanting any input. The way you guys wrote it up sounds like it’s Bryant making those decisions when in fact he would prefer to not be involved in them. To be fair, I’m sure if Kupchak asks Bryant about acquiring a certain player then Kupchak would be justified in expecting input from Bryant.

  8. bknowledge - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Can the Knicks buy out Stoudemire’s contract if he is willing to retire this summer. (And thereby get him off their cap?)
    Its difficult being a basketball fan living here in NYC.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      If Amar’e wants to retire, then yes, that would give the Knicks a big break.
      However, Stoudamire insists in interviews that he’s capable of playing and wants to keep playing. He recently complained that Woodson wasn’t playing him enough, which is not something a guy says if he wants to quit basketball.
      If he refuses to retire, he is entitled to $23.4 million.

      In other words, he says he wants to play, and if he chooses to play, he’ll earn an enormous amount of money.

      He’ll play.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:53 AM

        He may not play, but he damn sure isn’t retiring.

    • knightrider1755 - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:45 AM

      Only if you are a Knicks fan.

    • knightrider1755 - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      That’s only if you are a Knicks fan. I am a native New Yorker who lives in NY and I find Dolan and his team of misfits abominable. Contrary to what you might believe, all NYers are NOT Knicks fans.

  9. campcouch - Feb 23, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    yep,I know tons of bosses who ask their overpaid employees who spent one year hanging out at a college how to run their business.

  10. notinmyhouse56 - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    How many more news about star saying they have nothing to say? That’s really trying hard to make a story when there is none…

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