HoopsHype Carmelo Anthony rumors

December 20, 2014 Updates

“At the end of the day, we all know what the goal is and that’s to win a championship,’’ Anthony said. “I know that I’m a winner. Even though you might lose some games here and there, I know I’m a winner. I’ve won already. I’ve won off the court and on the court. I’m living the American dream. That’s winning to me. Nobody can say anything about [me] being a loser.” New York Post

Still, Anthony hears the negative vibes swirling around the Big Apple. “Everybody has an opinion,’’ Anthony said in the interview. “ Everybody knows it all. They think they know you. You kind of become what the back page says you are. That’s messed up. I think just going through it, and you’ve seen the worst of the worst. Being here at the bottom and you can easily see how people will dismiss you, step on you and forget about you. This is the belly of the beast. New York will eat you alive if you let it.” New York Post

Anthony resisted the chance to play for a title contender in Chicago and re-signed with the Knicks for $124 million in July, a choice that cast him as greedy to his critics and perhaps placed him in basketball purgatory for at least one year. Though he described the decision to stay as “tough,” Anthony banked nearly $50 million more in New York than he could have made with the Bulls. By siding with the only real guarantee in the NBA — the guaranteed contract — Anthony made a long-term business decision over a logical basketball one. “Regardless of what happened, it would all come down to the money. That’s just the life we live. You can’t escape that,” said Anthony, who admits his attitude in previous contracts was “don’t leave no money on the table.” Washington Post

December 19, 2014 Updates

Though he described the decision to stay as “tough,” Anthony banked nearly $50 million more in New York than he could have made with the Bulls. By siding with the only real guarantee in the NBA — the guaranteed contract — Anthony made a long-term business decision over a logical basketball one. “Regardless of what happened, it would all come down to the money. That’s just the life we live. You can’t escape that,” said Anthony, who admits his attitude in previous contracts was “don’t leave no money on the table.” Washington Post

“I was happy in Denver. I was having fun in Denver,” he said. “You start getting smarter, you start getting wiser [and] you start realizing we can’t have this team forever. Key guys’ contracts are up; we can’t sign everybody back. I was thinking, ‘I don’t want to rebuild on my dime.’ ” Washington Post

Those close to Anthony credit his marriage to LaLa Vazquez and the birth of their son for helping him mature and break away from the people and distractions that could have derailed him. “I had to sit down with myself, ‘Do I really want to be known for being Melo the thug, or do I want to change my life?’ ” he said. “I can’t be Melo from Myrtle Avenue in Baltimore. I can’t roll with the same people that I was rolling with. That’s when I started making my circle smaller and really taking advice from different people.” Washington Post

“I didn’t think it would be like this,” he said. “I’m like, why? Time goes by so fast, and one thing you realize: You can’t control winning. It’s out of your control. You can control what you do. You can control your work ethic and your mind-set. When it comes down to winning, everything has to be synchronized, from ownership all the way down to the staff. Everything has to be in sync.” Washington Post

Anthony has averaged at least 20 points a game in every season, but he understands the team failings will inevitably fall on him. “At the end of the day, we all know what the goal is, and that’s to win a championship,” Anthony said, “I know that I’m a winner. Even though you might lose some games here or there, I know I’m a winner. I’ve won already. I’ve won off the court and on the court. I’m living the American dream. That’s winning to me. Nobody can say anything about being a loser.” Washington Post

“They are easy conversations because I tell my son like it is,” Anthony said. “Everybody has an opinion. Everybody knows it all. Everybody think they know you. You kind of become what the back page say you are. That’s messed up. I think just going through it and you’ve seen the worst of the worst. Being here at the bottom and you can easily see how people will dismiss you, step on you and forget about you. This is the belly of the beast. New York will eat you alive if you let it.” Washington Post

December 18, 2014 Updates

Just repeating a few points there: 5-22 Knicks, 15-9 Bulls. “What’s done is done. I kind of don’t look at it, I kind of don’t think about it anymore,” Anthony said. “That’s in the past for me. … As far as now and thinking about that situation, it doesn’t even come close to me thinking about that.” New York Post

So we all know what Anthony must know — that even money can’t can’t gloss over the mistake he made. But he steadfastly insisted as he readied for this trip that he won’t allow regrets to drift into his mind. “No, if I start doing that and saying what if to myself and second-guessing and questioning myself, it won’t be right,” Anthony said. “For me, mentally, it won’t be right, so I’ll not allow myself to sway toward asking myself what if with this situation or that situation. “What’s done is done. I kind of don’t look at it, I kind of don’t think about it anymore. That’s in the past for me, just a situation that I had to deal with, that I went through this off-season. As far as now and thinking about that situation, it doesn’t even come close to me thinking about that.” Bergen Record

December 17, 2014 Updates

The former All-Star center reciprocated those warm feelings back to the $124 million forward after Chandler’s Mavericks whipped the 5-22 Knicks, 107-87, on Tuesday night. “I do. I do,” Chandler responded when asked if he feels bad for his former teammate. “He’s a competitor. I laced it up and went to battle with him the last three years. I know what kind of competitor he is. I know he wants to win. I know he’s going to take a lot of this heat. It’s unfortunate because he’s a helluva player in our league. It’s unfortunate. “It’s so tough. He signed a contract coming back here with expectations of doing everything in his power to take his team to the next level. “Ultimately, I feel he will with the right pieces.” New York Daily News

December 16, 2014 Updates

From Google’s yearly ‘trends’ list, which includes the 10 most searched athletes from the NBA, apparently a lot of people were interested in Paul George. George, the most googled NBA player in 2014, suffered a gruesome season-ending injury while playing in a USA exhibition game. The 10 most googled NBA players in 2014 are as follows: 1. Paul George; 2. Carmelo Anthony; 3. Kevin Love; 4. LeBron James; 5. Shabazz Napier; 6. Kevin Durant; 7. Lance Stephenson; 8. Ray Allen; 9. Blake Griffin; 10. Damian Lillard. Diehard Sport

First, Walmart lists the doll as being “Anthony Carmelo.” And second, the doll isn’t Carmelo Anthony at all. It’s Jeremy Lin, who last played for the Knicks in 2012. The doll goes for $13.88, a far cry from the $22.5 million the real Melo will make this year for a team that’s currently 5-21. The Knicks Blog

December 12, 2014 Updates

Carmelo Anthony says a published report stating that he is considering waiving his no-trade clause to green light a trade for the New York Knicks is false. "Come on, man. After all the work I did to get here and get back here? If I was to get up and want to leave now that would just make me weak, make me have a weak mind," Anthony said on Friday morning. "I've never been a person to try to run from any adversity or anything like that so I'm not going to pick today to do that." ESPN.com

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