Early in this off season there were some fairly outlandish rumors that the Lakers had a shot at signing both LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony in 2014, as both have opt-out options on their contracts. Then the speculation was that the Lakeshow could not nab James, but had a shot at Melo.
Now Anthony puts an end to the rumors and says he has no intention of playing anywhere but New York, and elaborates that he enjoys the pressure of playing under the bright lights of the City That Never Sleeps.
“I’m not going nowhere,” Anthony said…
“That is one of the reasons why I wanted to come here to New York, just so I could take on those pressures and those challenges,” Anthony said. “A lot of people do not like to deal with the pressure. A lot of people do not know how to deal with the challenges they face. To me, it is everyday life.”
Wanting to avoid a Dwight Howard-esque (or LeBron circa 2010) cirus, Carmelo is making it clear now that he will not talk about his possible free agency during the year.
"I'm just not going to do it,'' he said. "I'm going to let everybody know the first day that I'm not going to talk about it.''
This talk is all well and good now, but it will be interesting to keep an eye on the often mercurial Anthony if things go south for the Knicks this season. He is confident that the team has improved, and will be better than next year, but should a major injury set them back, or they face another early playoff elimination, will he be as adamant about staying.
Of course, the bottom line is the Knicks can offer him the most “bottom line” when he becomes a free agent, so it is highly unlikely we see the league’s scoring champ playing anywhere else in the coming years.