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New York’s Carmelo Anthony roller coaster: Today he says rough season part of his decision process

Feb 27, 2014, 3:16 PM EDT

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Carmelo Anthony is frustrated. He should be. New York’s defense has gotten nearly three points per 100 possessions worse compared to last season (dropping it to bottom five in the league), plus the team that destroyed opponents from the three point line last season is taking four fewer a game and hitting a slightly lower percentage of them. Throw in some injuries and you get 21-36.

Because Anthony has said he will opt out of his contract this summer how frustrated he is has become a running storyline in New York. Every media session reporters take his temperature to see just how frustrated he is at that moment. Every day he gives some variant of the answer “I want to stay a Knick but I want to see a plan from them on how we become a contender, however I’m not focusing on any of that until the season ends.”

And every day those words get parsed. It’s a fun roller coaster for Knicks fans… okay, it’s about as much fun as midtown traffic at 5:15 p.m.

Thursday at shootaround in Miami Anthony sounded pretty frustrated and added that New York’s rough season will factor into his decision this summer. Shocking. So Carmelo Anthony is going to use his past experiences as a basis to decide his future actions? That is crazy talk.

Here is what Anthony said, via Newsday.

“A lot of things are going to be thought about when that time comes,” Anthony said before the Knicks played the Heat Thursday. “Off the court, on the court, just a lot of things are going to have to be put all on the table…

“I don’t think about it like that, that I want to make the playoffs before I make that decision,” Anthony said. “That decision is going to happen regardless. That time is going to come. Me making the playoffs is something that I want to do, something that I never experienced before, not making the playoffs. That’s a different motivation.

First off, New York isn’t making the playoffs. Well, unless you think the Knicks can go 17-8 the rest of the way. That’s likely what it will take to make the playoffs. Atlanta is currently the eight seed in the East and on pace to win 37 games, to pass them the Knicks will need at least 38 wins. Which means winning better than two out of every three remaining games. Good luck with that.

Anthony has some tough decisions to make. He is going to sit down this summer with his agents at CAA, his wife, and they are going to talk about options. What are the Knicks plans? Will he take less money to help the Knicks rebuild? If he’s taking less is going to a team closer to contention a better option? Where does he really want to live? It all factors in.

Until then he’ll just be frustrated. And Knicks fans get to ride that roller coaster.

  1. sportsfan18 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Melo, EVERYTHING you’ve been saying the last couple of weeks is meant to help grease your way out of the Knicks crappy organization…

    So just come out and say it already! Don’t be light Dwight was…

    • antistratfordian - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      He can’t do that during the season, you know that.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        NYC prints money for the Knicks. They suck and they draw fans due to how many people live there.

        Imagine what a real owner could do!

        If it wasn’t for Dolan, the Knicks would be special.

        I’m an IU grad and Isaiah Thomas was an incredible player in both college and in the NBA… but Lordy the man can’t coach or run a team…

        Why did Dolan love him so? He didn’t play for the Knicks.

        We all may see why Joe Dumars is the G.M. of the Pistons as he played with them…

        The Knicks fans just have to wait for Dolan to see, die, or something…

    • chicagosports2014 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      Carmelo I agree it is a mess, get out of that situation it’s 5 players on a team. You need

  2. mackcarrington - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I getting tired of contributing to the “click count” on Anthony stories.
    I’m disgusted with myself.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      I’m looking at the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his wayysss….

      • antistratfordian - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        I doubt that your message could have been any clearer, jc.

      • 5pecialk - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM

        If you wanna make yourself a better reader, you really gotta look at yourself…

  3. indrathegod - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Carmelo likes to hear himself talk. Although he absolutely despises losing, he enjoys being the center of attention.

    Oh and in regards to his loyalty, let’s not forget how he left Denver…

    • paleihe - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:07 PM

      I’m sure he can’t wait to be interviewed and asked the same questions repeatedly. Gotta be the highlight of his day, for sure.

      • jcmeyer10 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        Haha amen. It’s not like we forget that reporters ask these questions and the players don’t just randomly talk about this stuff.

    • therealhtj - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      He may not like losing, but he does love getting paid. MVP of the CDC Crew.

    • cruzan80 - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      “Oh and in regards to his loyalty, let’s not forget how he left Denver…”

      His loyalty is just as good as any other star player in the league…..if not better.

      Dwight got the coach & GM fired after constantly throwing his coach & management under the bus.

      Bosh left Toronto with nothing.

      Lebron embarrassed the Cleveland (his hometown to boot) on national TV then left them with nothing.

      Melo at least told the Nuggets the season before that he wasnt signing the extension. It gave them plenty of time to trade him for almost whatever they wanted. Some people still think that the Nuggets actually got the best of that deal.

  4. aboogy123456 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    where does he say that the rough season will factor into his decision process? That’s a substantial quote if he actually said it. The quote in this article is just the standard “i want to focus on this season first” quote.

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      La La has said Melo will “definitely resign with the Knicks already…

  5. prareedoggin - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Cough* he’s playing his future team tonight Cough* Cough*

  6. azarkhan - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Just make Carmelo Anthony GM of the Knicks. Once he sees the terrible salary cap situation the Knicks are in and the paucity of draft picks they have, he’ll trade himself.

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM

      Imagine that conversation. Like when Roger from American Dad has conversations between two of his personas at the same time.

  7. nokoolaidcowboy - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Sounds like Carmelo has been reading these posts.

  8. blakegblogs - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    This is the Knicks problem, they only have Melo( and Tim haradaway way jr) if the Knicks can get a good point guard and some draft picks the Knicks would be good! Even an ok pg like Jeff Teague could help the Knicks! We just need to do a lot of trades to get some talent on this team

  9. ohiobears - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Come to Cleveland with Irving. We are a class a organization

  10. leahcima1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Hey cantonjerk0 maybe the Knicks can sign Mrs. Melo to a contract for next season. She’s a Hell of a shooting guard I heard.

  11. ocgunslinger - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    It will be “Shock and awe” if he does not leave the Knicks at the end of the season..

  12. storminator16 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Carmelo Anthony wakes up in the morning frustrated. With that said, I’m not even sure he knows what exactly he’s frustrated about.

    He needs to just be honest with himself: he likes the attention and he wants more money.

  13. canadatude - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Denver didn’t win until Melo left them. Maybe he can do the same for the Knicks?

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