Stephen A. Smith: Carmelo ‘on his way out the door’

Carmelo Anthony is “on his way out the door,” according to Stephen A. Smith (The Score, March 18).

Smith, appearing on an ESPN podcast:

Carmelo Anthony wants to talk to Phil Jackson and wants to hear what he has to say. What he knows and what Phil Jackson is expected to learn, is that dealing with [owner] James Dolan is a different beast.

The very invasive and intrusive environment that is that of the New York Knicks – I’m being told that Carmelo is convinced that this ain’t the way to go, and he’s on his way out the door.

Anthony can opt-out of his contract after this season and become a free agent.




81 comments
meloin5
meloin5

Melo is a team player, he will sign for $100 million for five years with a no trade contract.  That way he control his own affairs.  Winning a Chip is Phil responsibility -and he know this- of providing Melo with complementary players and a Coach who knows how to guide them.  All the rest is mindless chatter to justify the media existence.  

skot
skot

This guy is reaching. He just wants to go against the grain and rather be the first to announce. Just a risk he is taking that he feels is worth it just in case it happens.


It was just refreshing to hear Phil speak. I can see great success around the corner and for Melo not to be want to be a part of this, that is just ridiculous. It's just not human nature. Phil just assumed duties. There has been no discussions about personnel yet. Melo hasn't even talked to Phil yet, ever. For him to make up his mind even without doing so, it is just unnatural. He is in the middle of a winning streak and potential turnaround of the franchise. And for SAS to say that he has been thinking about leaving, it's a reach of the worst order...

po_diddley
po_diddley

When is the last time that SAS hit the nail on the head in any of his points?  He should be working for TMZ. 

newyorker9
newyorker9

"Carmelo is in the future plans" 


well Melo here's your chance to win a ring in the big apple. 

newyorker9
newyorker9

It was good to hear Dolan say he won't interfere with Phil decisions.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Melo has very clearly stated that he will opt out and become a free agent. He has never been a free agent and wants to experience that part of being an NBA star. This will be his last major contract and he wants to be wined and dined. He will then examine his choices and make a decision.

If the Knicks are his best option, he will return. If not, he will go elsewhere. He hasn't made any decision yet and is fouced on winning and making the playoffs.

lindro88
lindro88

The only way I would believe Melo has decided he is leaving, is if he has already been told that he will not be offered a max contract, and is not in phil's plans to build this team.  Melo can look like it was his decision, and everyone saves face.  Otherwise it would be bad business for him to rule out the Knicks.  If he really does want to leave regardless of what Phil has in mind, at the least he would hear out what the Knicks have in mind.  That' how I see it.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Phil talked about team ball, players making cuts and how he was going to look at players and proceed prudently in a careful manner.  

That about ended Melo's tenure here knowing he will opt out and probably pursue the Bulls. 

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

ian Begley-"Is Carmelo a centerpiece that u can build araound?....."


Phil-"No doubt..100% no doubt...best individual isolation player in the game"


LOL.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

"I think Carmelo has another level to go to, and I can help him get there"  LOL Sorry xmen...

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

PJ on Melo: "Best individual isolation player in the game."

Damn.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Phil surely doesn't sound to in a rush to build a contender which is good and that means he's expecting to do this carefully.  That does not fare well for Melo.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Dolan willingly and greatfully cedeing control, so he says.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

PJ knows damn good and well we aren't making the playoffs.

cj1786
cj1786

Seems like Stephen A. Smith at this point is just doubling down on his "carmelo is leaving" statements that he's been pushing all year. 

newyorker9
newyorker9

its Steve Mills!! Dolan is smiling!!! Jackson in the house!!

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Cowherd- "Spoke to someone 5, 6 years ago, who spoke with Phil at the time, Phil said he wanted to end his career in NY".


There goes the money grab narrative...the $$ Just makes it sweeter for Phil.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@newyorker9 Future plan?  Phil didn't give any indication that he has help coming on the way for Melo. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Knicks_Fanatic That makes sense!  Players usually are big sensitive babies and no way Melo hasn't gotten the respect and luv from Phil that I'm sure he feels he deserves. 

I truly think Melo is gone. He has to know that he can't and doesn't want to change his game that much no matter how much he acts like he wants to win by taking less money and doing whatever.  

 

lindro88
lindro88

@Knicks_Fanatic  Things have now changed for Melo.  It is no longer only his decision. Now that Jackson is here, the fan base won't go crazy if Melo leaves.  If Phil decides he doesn't want to build around him,or with him at all,  the vast majority will trust his decision.  Up until this point all of the power was in Melo's hands.  It used to be simple.  If he stayed it was for the 130m.  Now he has to first see if Phil wants him here, than he has to see what he's willing to offer.  I don't think this is about Carmelo being taking out to dinner and shown a video of himself and Dwight Howard holding up a championship trophy.  Just my opinion.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@lindro88 Surely Melo will listen to what Phil has to say and he should. That just plain due diligence. 

But no way Melo is going to change his game that much after 10 years. I surely don't expect Melo to waste another year here with very little more help from the squad we have now.

Phil was just being nice and he should.  He can't trash this team not even the coach because it does not serve him any good.

He praised Woody saying he has his full support and that he expects him to make the playoffs this year

He praised Melo calling his he best individual isolation player in the game (knowing he was tweaking Kobe with this. lol). he also stated he believes Melo can get to another level and he wouldn't mind helping with that.

Yet, his biggest thing he got out was that he believes in team ball and players cutting and etc.  This was at his core period.  He also quickly tried to defend the Triangle offense as well.

Phil promised no help for Melo anytime soon and that my friend should help Melo exit this off-season when he opts out.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

To play in a system that does a lot of inside cuts as well? We'll see.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@MeloStat301 Dude, Phil also stated hat he expects Woody to make the playoffs.  You folks are tooo funny.

Phil has promised no help for Melo next year period and he basically wants us to play team ball which takes the ball out of Melo hands like he has now

lindro88
lindro88

@Kiyan Carter  He isn't going to talk about a new coach now.  The team has a season to finish. Who benefits from Jackson talking about a new coach with the Knicks trying to finish strong and make the playoffs.  Woodson is gone for sure, but it serves no purpose to talk about it until the season is over

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter Yo Happy, You'll never believe it even when Melo is in his Bulls jersey. Luv is eternal!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@orlando_knickfan LMAO! He has to say that man. That part of being positive.  Phil is positively renting a boat for Woody to ride in.

lindro88
lindro88

@xmenreturn @Knicks_Fanatic  We are gong to find out.  No matter what, unless he goes to a team with no star player, he's going to have to change his game.  If he goes to Houston, he has to accept the fact that Harden is also going to dominate the ball.  If he goes to Chicago, he has to be ready to play defense all the time, or at least most of the time.  The only way he can go and do exactly what he has been doing for the last 8 years, would be to go to a team that wants to build around his current style.  I don't see any team wanting that.  

lindro88
lindro88

@thatsagoodpoint @lindro88  No its not.  What do you think he was going to say today?  The season isn't over.  Melo is still playing.  You think he would say, "we are going to go in a different direction, so all you Melo fans, enjoy him for the next month or so".

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@thatsagoodpoint @lindro88 That's not what he stated.  Do you expect Phil to tell the world that Melo is a bust when they still need him to play hard for the rest of the season?

It would be real stupid for Phil to say that he fully supports Melo and that he expects us to make the playoffs this year AND then go piss off Melo who has to carry this team if we are to make the playoffs.

It's simply amazing that some of you luv to get snowed  by corporate jargon. lol

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@xmenreturn  Right, because the ball was never in MJ or Kobe's hands when Phil coached them and had the triangle.  We have no system now.  Its ISO Melo and 3 pointers.  Its not Melo's fault there is no off the ball movement.  Sure, Melo will need to be a willing passer and learn a new system but there is no reason why he can't be even better in a system where the other players are moving without the ball.  

lindro88
lindro88

@xmenreturn  Chicago has to get rid of some of that cast if they want to sign Melo.  Boozer will be gone regardless.  Depending on how much it will take to sign Melo, they might have to get rid of key guys like Gibson or Butler.  I'm sure they would considering a trio of Melo, Rose and Noah could be good enough to win.  All depends on how Rose comes back.  It's very hard to guess what is going on in Melo's head.  IMO if Phil wants Melo, and feels he needs him to speed up the rebuilding process, they will pay him, and he will stay.  As a fan, Id like to see Melo stay. I think he is a good enough player to adapt and play more of a team game. 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@lindro88 i hear ya but being in Chicago, he has a cast around him to do the dirty work so even if he can lapse at time on defense, it's still good because his scoring is key there.  

The Bulls can't score!  Melo helps them immensely in that category. 

lindro88
lindro88

@xmenreturn  Melo isn't taking any one year contracts.  Don't need to be SAS to know that.  He's going to get his long term deal, if not here somewhere.  

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@lindro88 @xmenreturn That would be more telling in that if they resign Melo for the max for more than 1 year, it means Phil would have more trouble trading him. 

I just don't see Phil offering him the max beyond next  year which means Melo would have a 1 year contract only.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Blaze NYK @xmenreturn 

Ok   When is the help coming for Melo?  So you expect Melo to stick around knowing he doesn't have Dolan to defend for him while Phil runs the show and expect him to change his game and probably sign for less money.....knowing Phil is not the coach either?

We shall see my man! We shall see!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kiyan Carter Dude are ya crazy. No way Phil can come in his first press conference and trash our star.  He's not stupid.  

The fact that Phil says he will proceed slowly to evaluate and try to make moves as things go a long should speak volumes for ya. 

Phil wants team b-ball and he doesn't seem in a hurry to build a contender knowing that it will take time. 

Does Melo have time and if you're Melo, Phil is basically telling him that don't expect to contend anytime soon here and that alone will force Melo to opt out for the Bulls and etc.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@orlando_knickfan  That's on woodson.  All of the players now just park out at the 3 point line and wait for Melo to do something.  There is no movement in place.  You can't blame Melo for the fact that Woodson has basically kept Dantoni's system but relying more on iso melo.