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Carmelo Anthony signs with bad team for the money, says he didn’t sign with bad team for the money

Jul 25, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

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The Knicks were bad last year. They were also old.

Bad and old teams tend not to improve the following season.

Carmelo Anthony is no dummy. He knew this when he re-signed with New York.

So why stay?

The money, of course.

Melo received $124,064,681 guaranteed – not quite as much as he could have gotten, but still significantly more than his max elsewhere ($95,897,375)

As obvious as that is, he can’t say it.

Melo, via Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

“I want to win. I don’t care about the money,” Anthony told ESPN.com. “I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that.”

“I don’t think we’re that far away,” he added. “People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.”

Maybe Derek Fisher is already a great coach capable of turning around the Knicks. Maybe Phil Jackson will waive championship dust over the franchise. Maybe Andrea Bargnani will play like an All-Star in a contract year.

And if Melo believes in those things, more power to him.

But if he’s wrong, at least he has his money to fall back on. As he should. There’s nothing wrong with his decision.

He just can’t defend it truthfully in public.

  1. aboogy123456 - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    What is more honorable, trying to tough it out with a team you love, or joining other superstars to make winning easier? He said that it was his dream to play for the knicks, and now that he’s there he’s happy. I think Carmelo is a proven winner who wants to win, and I respect him for wanting to win in NY. Articles like this prove that he will get unreasonably bashed no matter what.

    • muhangis - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      This article is point on. It’s obvious – Carmelo is a liar. Aboogy, you are one who hides from the obvious truth!

    • saint1997 - Jul 26, 2014 at 5:51 AM

      Can’t agree more my friend. Heinous double standard here – he gets bashed for leaving and ‘joining with others’ etc. or he gets bashed for staying and ‘grabbing the cash’

      • muhangis - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        No he would not have gotten bashed for joining the Bulls or Houston. Did he get so severely bashed for leaving Denver for New York? There were some, but I don’t recall there being many.

  2. rosloe62 - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Keep telling yourself that Melo. If you wanted to win you would have signed with the Bulls. I don’t blame him for taking the money, it was a big difference, but at least be honest. I would have done the same thing but a least had admitted the money was too much to give up.

    • cruzan80 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      “If you wanted to win you would have signed with the Bulls.”

      The biggest MYTH out there.

      You keep telling yourself that.

      Him signing with the Bulls guaranteed absolutely NOTHING.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        I dunno why people fail to understand this.

      • muhangis - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Yeah it would guarantee nothing, thanks captain obvious, but they are a much, much better team and it would improve his chances drastically. Can’t accomplish anything without trying.

  3. saint1997 - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    This is lazy and deliberately incendiary reporting. It could have been loyalty, it could have been family, it could have been that he wants to win alone rather than have to join up with others. Maybe before just criticising someone for a decision you would have done 10 times out of 10 you should use your brain first

    • cruzan80 - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Well said sir…well said.

  4. campcouch - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    In the end,it’s still a job. You don’t get a lifetime check for a title. Maybe some free meals here and there, but adding $124 mil to your account will lessen the blow of any missing hardware.

  5. bball1950 - Jul 25, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    MElo is all about ME. He does not make players around him better. It’s all about himself and the MONEY! Just don’t try to pull the wool over our eyes.

  6. rogerrodgers - Jul 25, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    He’s all about the money, so what’s new?

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