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Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:50 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2010 2:08 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Lost in the hoopla of Miami's debut, the Lakers' ring ceremony and then 13 games last night that featured Blake Griffin's spectacular debut, Kevin Durant dropping 30 and Monta Ellis going off for 46 on 24 shots, was some guy in Denver taking the floor.

A month ago, most would've thought there was no way Carmelo Anthony would be in a Nuggets uniform come opening night. I remember when people couldn't believe he was at media day. And yet quietly, Carmelo took the floor for the Nuggets behind a standing ovation from the Pepsi Center crowd and scored 23 points as Denver manhandled division favorite Utah 110-88.

All along, Anthony has said and done everything right. He's never (publically) asked out of Denver, but instead deferred to the "I'm keeping my options open" line. We all forget it's the Nuggets trying to trade him, not that Carmelo has demanded it. He just doesn't intend to sign an extension with Denver and will likely leave next summer. Really, this isn't any different than LeBron's 2009-10 season. Except that the Cavs didn't try and trade LeBron.

So Carmelo took like floor like a good soldier, got some love from fans and exactly as Masai Ujiri was hoping, the Nuggets looked powerful, whooping the Jazz. But that hope continues to fade. No matter what, Carmelo just doesn't want to stay in Denver.

”They want to sit down and talk, but my thing is it’s way beyond this year,” Anthony told Yahoo! Sports. ”It ain’t got nothing to do with the new GM, Josh, the players. For me, I feel it’s a time for change. If I do nothing now, I’m never going to do anything. I feel like my time is now to make a decision if I want to leave or if I want to stay.”

Shucks, Denver.

The Nuggets are still trying to trade their star player and they could be holding out until Dec. 15 when offseason free agents are eligible to be traded. Sources told Spears that Anthony is worried about being traded to a team that has to gut its roster to get him. That's why, if Carmelo really had it exactly how he wanted, he'd probably just wait until next summer and sign with the team of his liking. That way nobody has to lose anything and he gets to take his pick.

But if Wednesday's game against Utah showed anything, it's that Carmelo is committed to the team he's currently on. There's no peeking around the corner for Melo. He's part of the Nuggets and he intends to play hard and try and win for them. He won't be part of that team next season. That's pretty much guaranteed. But the fans were fairly receptive though he did say he heard a few boos, but for now, he's still the face of the franchise.

Remember, he's just keeping those options open.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2010 10:43 am

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

Bushmaster and Deep cover, you guys are spot on.  Carmelo has done nothing wrong and is being jerked around by the Nuggets.. My hope is they screw the whole thing up and thereby reduce what other teams are willing to give for Anthony.  Serve them right for treating the kid the way that they are.  I personally would like to see him play out the year then sign with the Hawks.  What an exciting team that would be to watch but I'm sure he'll wind up in NYC or Beantown but where ever he winds up, someone will be getting a fine young man and one hell of a player.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2010 6:17 pm

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

It is sad that Carmelo is being jerked around by the Nuggets Management / Ownership, over being traded to a team of his liking.  The major difference here is that Carmelo has made no overt demands to be traded and he has fulfilled the terms of his contract, or will, by the end of this NBA season.

NBA teams today, are miffed at the way LeBron left Cleveland in the "supposed" lurch, and his action has clouded the way management of all other teams with high profile players like Carmelo plan to treat their players.  LeBron has set a precedent here, and the other superstar players, are now paying the price of LeBron's actions.  It's funny how NBA team ownership / management are not run through the mud when they dump players they no longer want, but they always dub the players who fulfill their contracts and don't "re-sign" as being disloyal or ungrateful.  When I last looked, when a team drafted a player, it wasn't for "life".  The team drafting the player doesn't literally "own" the player for life; they have first right of refusal per the contract signed by the player.

To add insult to injury, teams don't want to lose their superstar(s) or "face(s) of the team".  Carmelo, in my opinion, has done nothing wrong.  He has been professional and above board, and has told the Nuggets he's going to look at his options at the end of his contract.  I think the Nuggets are trying to villify Carmelo, by looking to unload him on their terms, rather than giving Carmelo the opportunity to go to a squad of his liking.  Denver has shown nothing short of all out "greed" in their trade discussions with other teams.  The Nuggets know their chance for winning an NBA title "without" Carmelo is going to be extremely tough.  What is very sad to witness now, is the way the NBA has become more of a poorly run business, than a league of professional athletes who entertain basketball fans worldwide.

NBA teams know their market share is dwindling or will dwindle, if their teams' superstars choose to either "opt out" of their contracts or leave at the end of their contract.  The all mighty "dollar" is what has clouded all of this.  There are obviously 4-8 contending teams in the league and the "business" of running the non-contending teams is starting to financially weigh on their ability to compete.  The contenders (Lakers, Suns, Mavericks, Thunder, Heat, Celtics, Magic and Spurs) have improved their squads by adding talent from the non-contending teams, which in turn, weakens the non-contenders both financially and personnel wise.  I would not be surprised if at the end of this NBA season, Stern looks to reduce the number of teams in the league, by eliminating the poorer or least revenue producing teams in the league, from the league.

Just remember, the NBA is a business and it all boils down to the team owners making a "return" on their investments.  The all mighty dollar is behind all of this.  I can only wish that Carmelo, at the end of the day, is GRANTED his wish to go to a team of his liking and to compete for an NBA championship in the next couple of years.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:14 pm

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

I believe Carmelo wanting to leave Denver has nothing to do with his wife and nothing to do with him not liking playing in Denver. Carmelo has figured out what all the other Denver stars knew in the past. The NBA and David Stern have no intention of letting the chips fall where they may and letting Denver have a true and honest shot at winning the NBA title. It just like last year the NBA made it clear
that NBA, All the Sports Writers and all the fans wanted a Celtic/Lakers final. OH REALLY, I say to that, who are all these fans???? They must only be talking about the fans in Boston and LA, cuz I sure don't want to see either of those teams ever win a title again. Combined they have won more than half the NBA titles ever played, so why would anyone think that is what all the fans want. The NBA uses the media (ESPN) to make us all believe that is what all of us stupid fans would like to have every year. I need one to those teams to have another trophy in their case like I need the Yankees, 49ers, Steelers, Canadiens or Red Wings to add to their collections. I live in Colorado and of course would like to have seen the Nuggets win the title, but I would also wouldn't mind seeing OKC win or Orlando or Minnesota or Phoenix or just someone new. You can't tell me with all the talent on so many teams that the Lakers just step it up a notch every year and get it done. The NBA with their officiating has made teams like Dallas, Phoenix and Denver look like chumps when the playoff push starts. The road to the NBA title goes thru David Sterns office and that is just a fact and Carmelo knows it now and figures he needs to take his talent elsewhere. I think it would be great if he could help either OKC or Orlando win it all this year. My best to
Carmelo where ever he goes. He deserves more credit than the NBA has given him and as far as I am concerned SHUT UP BILL WALTON.
Put your hands on your rear end and push real hard if you want to see the light of day again. Good luck Carmelo it has been fun watching you play.

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:11 pm

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

I have read some of the dumbest posts on here. Geez, Who says Melo is obligated to stay in Denver? Thats what free agency is all about. He's given them 7 years of playoff apperances. They hadn't gone to the playoffs in a while before he got there. Definately a top 5 player in the league. He holds ALL the cards  as to where the Nuggets can trade him. Denver should have traded him already before the season now I think they are waiting to see something out of the Knick players before they pull the trigger on a deal. If they wait until after the deadline they will be getting Eddie Curry and a 2nd rd pick lol. They will have no leverage at all and will get low ball offers. Let's be honest the Nuggets have gone as far as they can with that team and Melo knows this. They will never beat the Lakers, hell they might not beat the Spurs or the Thunder. He's an east coast guy and knows the kind of endorsements he will get just by playing for the Knicks. Once he signs there how long do you think it will take them to contend and how many other skilled players will want to play with him and Amare.

Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:39 pm

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

Does Orlando have a shot in the Melo sweepstakes?  I'm thinking Rashard Lewis, Morcin Gortat, Vince Carter, and Jameer Nelson for Melo and Billups.  The contracts should match and both teams could benefit.




Melo     &

Bass     &








Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 12:25 pm

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

'Melo has the right to want to change jobs just as you or I do.  The fact that he has a higher paying and more public a job changes nothing.  He did not ask to be traded, the Nugs are shopping him.  It's not like he's pulling a Eli Manning on Denver.  He certainly deserves props for letting the Nuggets know he was not going to resign so they could try to get value for him instead of what LaBron did (letting the Cavs think they had a shot) also, if you watched their beat down of Utah he gave his all in that game.  Anthony has been good for the Nuggets and for the most part been a positive influence in the community.  It will be sad to see him go but it is his right.

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 11:49 am

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

Melo,  OKC is fine.  Melo for Jeff Green, Mullens and a #1 pick.  Instant challenger to Lakers this year and until you retire.  Thunder up buddy.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2010 10:57 am

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

Carmel Anthony to the Mavericks... that's not only doable... it has to be done ASAP. Give the Nuggest draft picks, players, whatever! But the Mavericks have to make the trade for Carmelo Anthony as their window is closing with Dirk Nowitzki!

Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 10:13 am

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

According to you, when someone feels it is ime for a change it makes them a coward.  So Michael Jordan was a coward when he decided to hang it up in make another change and come back.  He was a coward for trying another sport...that was a huge change.  We live once and there does come a point in a persons life whether a celebrity or just the ordinary joe when one needs a change.  It may be as simple as hairstyle to as big a decision as employment to location.  This does not make one a coward or for that matter not competitive.  In matter of fact what is a bigger challenge?  Staying where you are already established, on a winning team, having success or relocating, having to fit into a new system.  One thing Carmelo is and that is a competitor...someone wanting to compete against the best and someone who feels he has given all he can to the orginization he now plays for.

Since: Aug 19, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 7:49 am

Carmelo: 'I feel it's a time for change.'

take chauncey with you, carmelo...:)

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