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Carmelo: Playing in New York is 'ultimate dream'

Posted on: January 14, 2011 9:24 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Carmelo Anthony is finally saying what we've all already known for months. He really, really, really wants to play in New York.

In an interview with ESPN, Carmelo said playing in New York would be his "ultimate dream."

"That's like the ultimate dream at the end of the day," Anthony said. "Who wouldn't want to go back home to play?"

Ask LeBron about playing back home. Sometimes it's not all it's cracked up to be. But I digress.

Carmelo is from the Brooklyn area, having been born there and played at Syracuse which is naturally in New York. And of course the Nets will be moving to a brand new arena in Brooklyn in 2012.

"I see what the future holds, they'll move into Brooklyn. ... Me going back home to Brooklyn, opening that arena, I think about all that stuff," he said.

But this doesn't mean it's the Nets he's referring to when he says he wants to play back home. He grew up loving the Knicks and right now, they're still the only team located in his hometown.

Carmelo has never hinted at anything publicly, instead just deferring to the "keeping my options open" line. This is really the first time he's admitted that he has New York on his mind. But still, he didn't rule out the Nuggets either. He mentioned them as well, saying that's a possibility. We all know that's not true, otherwise he'd have signed that big $65 million extension long ago.

According to a report from Newsday, the Knicks are firmly at the top of Anthony's list but if that proves to not be possible, the Nets are "1A". Still, that doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me because Anthony can sign with whoever he pleases. So if he truly wants to play for the Knicks, all he has to do is say "no" to whoever he's traded to. Denver is going to deal him. We know that. But Melo doesn't have to sign with anybody.

The hook there is though, he probably would prefer to sign now rather than later. If he waits until the extension option expires, he could be looking at a major paycut because of the new collective bargaining agreement. So while Anthony might want to play for the Knicks, he possibly would settle on the next best thing and play for the Nets in Brooklyn.

Also interesting in Anthony's comments is that it also sounds like he's paid very close attention to what happened with LeBron, his decision and the fallout that's still hanging over everything he does.

"Any decision I make is the biggest decision of my life," Anthony said. "It'll carry on and it'll follow me for the rest of my life, too ... [This decision] will define my legacy."

Always weird for a player to use the words "legacy" when just talking about what type of laundry he'll be wearing the next few years, but Carmelo is perceptive. He knows the deal. Even if people are a bit wacko when it comes to a guy just wanting to play where he wants, he realizes that this move is going to be critiqued. People are going to tell him what he should've done, what he shouldn't have done and what he still should do. It's the way it works now. Sadly.

Ken Berger in his latest report said this deal likely has a ticking clock on it with so many pieces involved. There's no way all these players will be allowed to keep playing with a potential deal sitting on the table. So by the middle of next week, this will either be done or the Nuggets will be back to the drawing board.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2011 2:34 pm

Carmelo: Playing in New York is 'ultimate dream'

I think sports writers are paying Melo and his agent to keep the trade rumors hot. Besides Lebron's ego, he seems to continue to be the biggest news coming from the NBA.

If he gets traded, report on it. If not, quit making articles about it to fill the void of nothing to write about.


Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 1:48 pm

Carmelo: Playing in New York is 'ultimate dream'

It looks like this article is trying to mislead the reader.  I watched the interview and Melo says that he wants to Brooklyn...and then he just happens to mention that the Nets are moving to Brooklyn....This article smells bad....The title should be Melo wants to go back home to Brooklyn (not NY, and yes I know brooklyn and NY are the same but you know what I mean.  It sounds like he is saying he wants to play for his hometown Brooklyn Nets. 

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2011 7:51 am

Carmelo: Playing in New York is 'ultimate dream'

Yeah that makes the most sense, "Going to NY".  He's a NY kid and I am sure thats how it will play out. Agreed.  But what if, the Nugs win the Title?  Monkey wrench.

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2011 12:02 am

Carmelo: Playing in New York is 'ultimate dream'

He wants to play in NY. He has never been put on the spot and asked formally by NJ if he wants to sign an extension. Until a trade is formally agreed upon Melo will not commit to saying no or yes. When the trade is agreed upon, then Melo will be forced to answer. He will say NO because he wants to ultimately play for NY. If a trade is not agreed upon with NY before the trade deadline, than Melo will play out the year and do a sign and trade with Ny at the end of the season before the current CBA expires to reap his $64+ contract extension.
This way, he will not look like LeBron. He will say all the right things like, I played out my contract. I wanted to win one for Denver though they will fall short. I didn't want to put my teammates in the trade scenario because I know they didn't want to be traded. If he really wanted to go to NJ, this trade would have already been made. Everybody in the media is fuelling the NJ trade but don't really understand Melo's decision and desire to play in NY. If someone in the media were to come out and predict this, he/she will look like a genius when it comes to fruition at the end of the season.

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