As free agency looms, Melo says championship is sole priority (UPDATED)

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Carmelo Anthony says that the main motivating factor in his career at this point is to win an NBA championship and that he will deal with his free agency situation in the summer.

“That’s the only thing I care about,” Anthony said Monday, referring to winning an NBA title. “Everything else is irrelevant to me as far a when it comes to basketball. Championship is the only thing. In my mind that’s the only thing I  want to accomplish, the only thing I want to achieve and I’m gonna do everything I can to get that.”

He added: “That’s my motivating factor. Nothing else even motivates me anymore, just that.”

Anthony is set to become a free agent in the summer, and his wife, La La Anthony, said this week on Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens Live” that she would be surprised if her husband were to leave the Knicks.

“I definitely think he will stay,” she said. “I know that he wants to stay, and I support him wherever he wants to go.”

Lakers star Kobe Bryant indicated Sunday he wouldn’t mind playing with Anthony. Bryant and Anthony are friends, and Kobe said he would be happy to offer Anthony “advice” when the time comes.

Carmelo AnthonyChicago has also been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Anthony should he opt to leave the Knicks.

“When that time comes for me to figure out what I want to do with my future, then I’ll deal with that during that time,” Anthony said.

Bryant said Sunday that all players are eventually judged by whether or not they win at least one championship, and that stars like himself and Michael Jordan had to win NBA rings to “shake” the perception that they were just scorers — and not winners.

“The important thing is winning a championship,” Bryant said.

Anthony said that his thinking has evolved over his career, and that winning a title has become increasingly important across his NBA career.

“It’s different levels that you go through in this game,” he said. “When you first come in, you’re excited to get your feet wet. Then there comes a stage where you kind of established yourself about who you gonna be as a person and then it’s years where like now, where the only thing that’s on your mind is a championship. And that’s where I’m at at this stage of my career.”

In fact, he said, he thought he would already have one by now.

“I think everybody thinks that they would have a championship,” he said. “I mean, you go into the year every year saying I think I’m going to win a championship this year. You look at the team in preseason and training camp and think this is going to be the team every year, and so I think that’s always going to be a mindset.”

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said it’s natural for a player to get more motivated as they get older.

“Well, sure they do, we all do,” Woodson said. “As coaches, as players, this NBA life is a short-lived life. You look at guys that play anywhere from 10-15 years in the league, it goes by awfully fast and you look back and you say, ‘Wow, what happened?’ Did I get anything accomplished during the tenure that I played and Melo, he understands that, and most players should understand it because you can easily be an injury away from not playing. A lot of things play into desperately trying to win a title, we all chase it. I’ve been chasing it, too, as a head coach.”

The Knicks (17-27) are obviously under-performing, but Anthony said he has no alternative but to try to right the ship, even if that means taking even more of a scoring load. He went for a Knicks’-record 62 points on Friday and then scored 35 in Sunday’s win over the Lakers.

“We’re having our troubles right now but we gotta deal with that,” he said. “I can’t turn my back and just say I don’t want to deal with that….Hopefully, we get through this slump that we’re in and make a push.”

The Knicks are still on the outside looking in for a playoff spot, to say nothing of being a title contender, and Anthony said he would evaluate how that impacted his free agency decision when the summer comes.

“It’s hard to say at this very moment how it affects me,” he said. “But for me I gotta keep that motivation into the now. And when that time comes we’ll deal with that situation then.”



Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




216 comments
mrstarksy
mrstarksy

This is on topic, but ... are the Knicks really traveling (flying) during the Super Bowl game?? That just seems cruel, especially since it is Milwaukee. And in terms of reaping some NY perks, isn't attending the Super Bowl or at least having a swanky team SB party in the freakin' area where the game is hosted ... a no-brainer? That just seems odd and short-sided, especially when small things seem to matter to these athletes.    

edb7777
edb7777

I think Melo learned his lesson getting traded to the Knicks.  If he were to leave I doubt he would want the team he's going to to get fleeced again by trading for him.  Just think of how much better the Knicks would be if he come as a free agent instead of by trade.  I mean no Chauncey Billups alone means we  could have amnestied Amare last summer and picked up a star (dwight, cp3 whoever).  If he is leaving to chase a title this summer he ain't telling nobody until July.

rico
rico

We gotta have a moratorium on discussing the future of Melo. It's become beyond tedious.  Kind of like we are subjecting ourselves to another "Decision".  I don't know about the rest of you(s) but "the decision" was no fun. Not looking forward to the sequel or even reading one more speculative blog filler about it

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Melo, if you want to win a ring AND get $130 million? Then you must find someone to kneecap Amare so he'll retire.

Tonya Harding may do it for cheap.

lindro88
lindro88

This is becoming boring.  If Melo decides to leave, so be it.  If he stays, I'm fine with that too.  This team is miles from contending for anything either way.  The only thing that they can't allow to happen is for Melo to leave without getting something back in return.  

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

So let's say Melo stays, what will the knicks do to make them a contender, first have to wait till 2015 for that happen, not really ideal.  However, let Melo walk and get nothing would be even worse, but still nothing could change till 2015.  As usual the knicks are in the worst position possible.  Can't keep him to contend, can't let him go to contend..

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

if ya'll wanna ask Lala about Melo she has a book signing this evening at Barnes and Noble in Tribeca with Kelly Rowland..at the Q&A segment 

Just Ask Lala about Melo's Knick Future LOL

for the inquiring minds...in the meantime lets just focus on making it to 500. before March 

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

Knicks need a very very good point guard who can penatrate distribute and good defender///


Who is out there that we can realistically obtain???

Are there even 2 possibilities out there???

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Reading that Lowry is still available.  If so, I make the trade for Lowry giving up Shumpert

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Anyone truly with hopes that we can be contenders and win a ring should be rooting for our team to go into a rebuilding stage.  We WILL NOT WIN a ring with Melo at this stage of his career and the pieces we have around him.  To think otherwise, is to continue the same nonsense that we have seen for years.  

We had that short window to make this team a contender for years and we blew it. We don't need more band-aids. It's time to rip the ones we have off , air it out and let the real healing begin!

Let Go Do It Knicks!

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Keep this in mind:

Madden 25 official simulation of SuperBowl:


Denver 31

Seattle 28

OT

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

ESPN, NY: February 5, 2014: Sources have confirmed that Carmelo Anthony has requested a trade from the New York Knicks citing concerns with the direction of  the organization after Idan Ravin, his personal trainer, was dismissed.  

Ida was let go by the Knicks last month citing "Philosophical" differences with the coaching staff.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

NBC's new fall lineup announced: 

Punk'd: Ep.1 Staring The Anthony's (Carmelo and LALA Anthony). Watch as Carmelo and LALA punk New York Knick fans into thinking they are staying just like they did to Denver.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

LOL to all this yip-yap

LALA in 2010: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/20/lala-vasquez-carmelo-anth_n_786394.html

"Melo would be happy to stay in Denver."


Melo in the Summer of 2010:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5318846

While attending Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Los Angeles, Anthony acknowledged the possibility of striking a three-year extension with the Nuggets as opposed to becoming a free agent in 2011


Melo in October of 2010: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5738075

"But as far as the money that's on the table, I understand the money that's on the table. I understand it's a lot," he said on "The Scott Van Pelt Show." "But it's more than the money. Right now I'm here, I'm with the Nuggets."


What happened? Melo wanted to have his cake and eat it by demanding a trade a few weeks later to get BOTH the big media market AND the money.

In other words, DON'T BELIEVE ISH!

cole3244
cole3244

i don't believe melo's priority is a champ but let me give him the benefit of the doubt.

if he really believes that then he should give the knicks a home town discount so they aren't hamstrung cap wise and then they can go out and sigh players capable of playing champ bb, others have done this already.


he can get 129,135,806 for 5 years from ny and 95,897,372 for 4 years from other teams as mac deals, that's 25.8 a year from ny and 23.75 from others.


he will be wealthy regardless and if he really wants to stay in ny and appreciates the loyalty of his supporters he owes the knicks and his fans at least the thought of such a move.    there is plenty of room in the figures to make this happen, it will benefit him, the knicks, ny, and the fans, its a win win for everyone concerned assuming staying in ny, the knicks, and a champ are his number one priorities. 


Steven Porter
Steven Porter

Didnt realise so many of Melo's closest friends and confidants post right here on the knicks blog!


I mean, you all seem to know EXACTLY what he is thinking;


"Melo is greedy, he wants his money" etc etc yada yada yada!


The fact of the matter is, we have no idea what he is planning to do, yet plenty of self-proclaimed experts

state mere SPECULATION as FACT.



KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

We're the only Team as of now that can offer Melo 130 Mill 

now if says just gimme 100 Mill we can add some Free Agent Fire Power. 

so let's see what he does

his legacy started with that 62 Pt game IMO 

now his Quest for the ring is underway.

rico
rico

@kneggyknik amare has no "retirement insurance on his knees" if he retires he give up 25 million dollars. That ain't happnin' 


Don't blame Amare he didn't force the Knicks to give him that $$ or Knick management to use their amnesty with Chauncey.



Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@Seth Nadler I think we'll be able to start making moves this summer if we resign Melo.  STAT, Bargs and Chandler will all be expiring contracts next year.  That makes them much easier to move.  A contending team, for example, might love to take on STAT for the final year of his contract to have a proven scorer off the bench and then have 20 million come off the books or trade him to another team at the trade deadline to another team that will want that cap space.   Chandler will be even easier to move if we so choose.  I think we will find that we can move some of these guys.  If we can develop Tyler, Murry, Hardaway and yes, even Shumpert more…that's a nice young core of players.  We'll have a draft pick in 2015 to work with too. 


There is also the stretch cap provision.  We could decide to stretch Amare or Chandler's last year this off season to create cap space for this next season (say to sign Lowry out right instead of trading for him this season and giving up a pick).


Its frustrating where we are and stressful to think Melo might leave for nothing or resign for the super max.  But if Melo will resign for a max but take a small but significant discount, we can start making moves this off season.



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@orlando_knickfan Do you really think a Lowry will make the difference to get us to the next step or be a real contender for a ring?

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Heartcore Ive repeatedly said, if Melo leaves...it was nice knowing ya!  I root for the name on the front of the jersey not on the back, just because he is a favorite knick here for a lot of people, shouldn't bring into question their fandom.  When Ewing got traded to the sonics (my goodness!) I was devastated but never once did I think of leaving the knicks as a fan.  If Melo decides to leave, who can really blame him?  J-lin treatment? Nah..Melo would still be respected by most, but like anything, loathed by others.


Hot in Angola???

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

@Heartcore I will say this...  I would actually like to punish dolan so anything that hurts o embarrasses dolan is good for me but, I really dont want melo to go. I tell you this though if melo somehow went to brooklyn with the russian that would really hurt dolan.

As far as the treatment, well if melo leaves for another team for less money knick fans will be giving him some extreme hate and you know all about that.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Jerry Gee That....and

"“I definitely think he will stay. I know that he wants to stay, and I support him wherever he wants to go,"....are very different statements.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@orlando_knickfan Well..."Would be happy to stay in Denver" and "Definitely going to stay" are 2 very distinct statements.  Noone knows for sure but Melo and his family.


"“I definitely think he will stay. I know that he wants to stay, and I support him wherever he wants to go,"

1harris1
1harris1

@Steven Porter They're no different than a lot of these unnamed media "sources" who act like he's told them what he's going to do.


A lot of people like to hear themselves talk.

denelor
denelor

@KnickelusKnickleby So before the 62 point game he wasn't after a ring??  He was just what?  Warming up?  Working on his turn around jumper?  

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

A better all around player in Lebron took less to get the ring. Gotta believe Anthony would as well. If he takes the most money and comes back to the Knicks then he can't be taken seriously anymore.

This team has no shot at a championship. Trade him it is the only move that makes sense.

edb7777
edb7777

@Blaze NYK@Seth NadlerI like your thinking Blaze.  Question though would using the stretch on  Amare be enough to get under the cap or do you still have to find a way to salary dump Bargnani too?

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@xmenreturn @orlando_knickfan He'll definitely make us better.  Contenders?  Who knows.  But he's a big upgrade over Felton in many ways.  Better distributor, shooter and defender. And younger too.  We shouldn't think in terms of will this make us a contender.  It should more be along the lines of "does this improve us in an area of weakness" and the answer to that is definitely yes.  

Steven Porter
Steven Porter

@kneggyknik @Steven Porter I agree with you there mate. There have been times hes looked fed up but there have been times when he looks happy. Hes not dumb. its clear to anyone to see that the knicks arent championship calibre as presently constructed. Wether he wants to stick around to see if they can surround him with better...well only he knows!

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Does anyone blame the guy for either or? If he wants to play for the money it's his right. At this age if it's about the championship and I mean truly about the championship then I respect that. If that is the case the Knicks better start looking to trade him now.

1harris1
1harris1

@Bo Beck That's a different argument though.  I'm just talking from the perspective of the Knicks wanting him back.  If they do, I wouldn't panic and make a rash trade just because there's speculation from some that he'll leave. 

lindro88
lindro88

@illmatix @lindro88 @xmenreturn @orlando_knickfan Screwed is one thing. Watching Denver draft in the top 5, would be beyond anything we are experiencing now.  If Melo makes it clear he is staying, which the Knicks FO, must be sure of before the deadline, they have to go out and bring in a PG, and upgrade the bench.  The ultimate disaster scenario, is missing the playoffs, not trading Melo and then watching him sign elsewhere.  That can not happen. They have to have an assurance from him that he is staying. 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@illmatix @xmenreturn @orlando_knickfan So it would be an upgrade but we shouldn't do it because upgrading wouldn't give us a title?  That makes no sense.  If that's the case then we shouldn't make any moves because all is lost and what's the point?  



MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Heartcore@MeloStat301 What was last years reults??  Funny how you passed that and talk about this season.  Pick will most likely bust, it is what it is.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@Heartcore@MeloStat301 Enjoying?  Gallo has been hurt every year, so has Will...if a back up C coming off the bench is enjoying, then ok.  The "pick" that they have most likely will bust as well...it is what it is.

Steven Porter
Steven Porter

@Bo Beck No, i dont blame him in the slightest. I doubt there are many in this world would willingly take less money than they could make.

What gets me is the holier-than-thou-know-nothings who post here that post as if they have a working knowlege of his inner most thoughts.

1harris1
1harris1

@Bo Beck A rash trade for Melo would be dealing him for role players and/or draft picks, on the premise that getting something for him is better than to risk letting him walk for nothing.  That makes no sense to me, especially when the Knick are still the favorites to re-sign him.


I'm actually not a big Lowry fan and was not in favor of giving up a first round draft pick for him.  Have to admit though that he's playing great this year.

Bo Beck
Bo Beck

Your correct but what is a rush trade? They pulled pulled out of a trade that would've helped the team. Lowry trade was a no brainer. I may be the only Knicks fan not high on Shump. This is his third year in the league and he's still as inconsistent as ever.

Metta's best days are long gone and a pick for a guy whose playing at a top 5 PG right now. How was this trade not done. The trade I make today if they are interested is Chandler for Al Jefferson.