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Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Posted on: February 18, 2011 5:10 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 12:00 am
Carmelo Anthony speaks at All-Star media availability, and affirms no meetings scheduled with Nets or Knicks. Melo says he's "ready for this whole thing to be over."
Posted by Matt Moore

In front of one of the largest media assemblies at All-Star Media availability, Carmelo Anthony faced the throng to speak about his current situation, while rumors fly as heavy as any in recent memory. Ken Berger of was there to capture Melo's quotes in our live feed

As he played the verbal tango with the media, Anthony made one thing clear: he's tired of all this. ""There's some things that I'm still thinking about in the back of my head. I'm ready for this whole thing to be over with," Melo said, as he reasserted that he had not scheduled meetings with either the Nets' or Knicks' representatives. His frustration with the situation was evident behind his usual (this season, anyway) cool, collected demeanor. "I'm mindboggled right now about this whole situation," he said. "I just want to get this thing over with right now. I wish there was just something, a legit offer on the table and the Nuggets can say, 'Let’s get it done.'"

He did say however that an extension with the Nets, the matter which is reportedly holding a nine-player deal in pending , is not off the table. ""That's something I'm going to have to think about," but he noted "there are a lot of things that come into play when dealing with that. The superstar was very clear that he wasn't going to get boxed into any decision, and that staying in Denver is still a possibility.

"I've told you guys this since day one, that's still an option," Melo said in regards to the possibility that he would re-sign with Denver. He reasserted that he's said that continuously since the summer, while of course omitting that he's also turned down the opportunity to sign that extension since July. However, he did say he hadn't talked with Denver in months about that possiblity. "I haven't had that conversation since November or December, it doesn't surprise me. It just tells me what they’re trying to do, obviously they're trying to get younger and save money over there. At the end of the day, it’s a business so they’ve got to make a business decision. And I've got to look at it as my career and as a business decision."
"I can't really sit here and say I want to go here or I want to go there," Melo said on his preference between New York and New Jersey, remaining coy while admitting that he was "pretty sure" the Nuggets were negotiating with N.J., giving a little weight to the reports of the past day while still feigning ignorance. Melo did say he was examining the possibility of being traded without an extension. "It’s a lot of situations that I look at. If the Nuggets came to me and said, 'This is a deal that we have, this is another deal that we have', I would have to look into that if my option is not to sign."

But the idea of being a "rental" as Melo referred to it, should he be traded without an extension, does not appeal to him. "Unless they’re trying to get car services and want to rent a car. I really don’t want to have to be a rental. I don’t feel like I'm a rental player. I don’t want to go somewhere and be a rental for two months and then have to deal with this all over again. I dont want to go there."

For all the talk that Melo is the one who can control his destiny, he says that Denver has just as much control over where he ends up. While he can tell the Nuggets where he wants to go, Anthony says it's still their job to figure out what's best for them. "They have to do what’s best for them and their organization, too. So at the end of the day, they can say, forget it, we have to take care of our organization, Melo. He did what he had to do here for eight years, but we have to do what we have to do, too."

Anthony said that the Knicks have a different situation from the Nuggets, because in Melo's mind, the Nuggets are looking to rebuild, while the Knicks are already ready to win. "Far as building, which the Nuggets are trying to obviously do in their near future they’re trying to start all over and build up – and don’t try to flip it on me – but New York already has something there. I think the city is looking forward to briging back great basketball and they’re looking forward to that. So if that’s my destination then that’s something that I can bring to that city."

So if Melo's so big on New York, what would he be looking for in a meeting with Knicks' owner James Dolan? "Just something that I want to look in Mr. Dolan’s eyes and see if he’s really interested in me coming to New York or see if Mr. Prokhorov is interested in me coming to Jersey. Whoever I deal with I want to have a sitdoown with. That’s just proper etiquitte."

Anthony made clear that New York and New Jersey aren't the only options, however. "I don’t think they're the only two teams that I can sit here and say, "Yo, I definitely want to be on those teams or nobody else." The Nuggets have to weigh their options. If it’s a deal with somebody else that’s legit then we all have to sit down and hash that out and talk about it. But time is ticking, man, and time is money."

The most revealing quote from Anthony was that he wanted to see a "legit" offer by the end of the weekend. He's through sitting back and being accepting of what has been happening. "Before I leave here I would love to have something on the table. I would love to have an offer, a legit offer on the table where they can sit down with me and say, 'Melo, this is what we have. Let’s try to figure it out.' But as of late there’s been a lot of things that have been going on in the media, deals in the media that haven't been legit."

"I would love to have something happen this weekend. I would love to have a legit offer to sit down and figure it out."

After six months, this thing may finally be coming to an end. At least Anthony understands the media and fans are tired of it as well.

"This has been  a long process for me, for my family, just for everybody, I'm pretty sure it’s been a long process for you guys too, to have to wake up in the morning and deal with the Melodrama."

Maybe this weekend is the breaking point for all this nonsense to end. 

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:39 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Anthony and Stoubemire can not play the entire game, so IF you trade away all the players you said who spells them? Do you think Melo and Stat can make a 25 or 30 point defecit every single game when the scrubs who sub for them can't keep up. Even 10 or 15 pt defecits will get old after a while.

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:37 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Hey rebel, just for S***** and giggles I ran your trade through the trade machine on ESPN. First of all it wouldn't work for salary reasons (I had to add Azubuike to make the figures work), second it wouldn't work cause Denver wants first rd picks in a trade for Anthony and NYK does not have them, and third- ESPN projects 4 more losses with Anthony than if they left the team as it is now. You read that right- the trade you want would make the Knicks worse, just like I said it would.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:30 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

ghandi2 they have no defense now and are playing 500 ball. Add more Offense and they will win more and again your right still no defense. Im just saying its a upgrade no matter how you look at it. Being Average means nothing. If your trying to convince me that Miami has a weak Bench , I believe you. But they keep winning . I wouldn;t mind that for the Knicks. Winning is a good thing ghandi2, defense or no defense.

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:22 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

You are right, Melo does bring offense, but I really ask Who brings the ball down? Who facilitates the offense? This isn't Miami where both LeBron and DWade handle the rock just fine. And let's be honest, Stat and Melo are no DWade and LeBron. Miami is making it work because they 3 of the top ten players in the game that play offense and defense. Melo and Stat are not on the same plain as LeBron and Wade, not even close.

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:13 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

No rebel, it's not. You trade Felton, and Billups stays in Denver, which I am assuming is your plan cause you never mentioned him, who handles the rock? Not chandler or Melo. You add Melo, just another ball hog offensive player, which Stoudemire already is. You trade all the players you are talking about, who comes off the bench? You think Miami has a weak bench, NYK will make that look awesome with your trade. IF NYK gives in and gives Denver what they want for Melo, mark my words right now, NYK will not make the playoffs. The offense will be there, but ask PHX or Golden State what a high powered O will get you. D wins championships, ask Boston, San Antonio, or Los Angeles.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 7:05 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Have you lost your Mind? You would rather have Stoudamire-Felton-Gallarni-Fields and a center instead of Stoudamire-Melo-Chandler-Douglas and a Center. Yeah ok lets leave the knicks the way they are ghandi2 and get the eight seed in the Playoffs and be blown out in the first round. How does that make any sense? The knicks are a 500 average Team. Maybe that is fine with you but I want to win and win now. The Combo of Stoudamire-Felton-Gallarni will average about 59 a Game. The Combo of Stoudamire-Melo-Chandler will average about 69 a Game. I believe that is better. 10 points in the NBA is the difference between winning and losing .

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:57 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Maxbuster is just made because the Steelers lost the Superbowl.

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:55 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

Why are you all mad at Melo? This has nothing to do with him. He wants to play for the Knicks and he wants the Money. So what? The problem is the Knicks dont want to offer too much and are probably going to lose Melo to the Nets. He doesn't want to play for the Nets or Denver. So what is Melo to do? He has the hope the knicks offer more so he can go there play where he wants and get the Money. So stop bashing him. Bash the Knicks for wanting to hold onto Felton and Gallarni. Are you kidding me? What the heck do the Knicks want to hold onto Felton and Gallarni when they can get a Superstar. Throw in Fields for all I care. Stoudarmire-Chandler- Melo-Douglas and stick in eiher Center who cares is a better Team then the 500 Knicks now. The Knicks are making a mistake not offering up Felton-Gallarni and Fields. Its not Melo fault

That comment right there is exactly why you will never be a GM. Melo would kill the Knicks- If the Nuggets are struggling right now with the team they have, the Knicks would suck big one with the one you just listed. Your paragraph is the exact reason NY will not make that trade.

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:44 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

He wants the whole thing to be over but whenever a rumor is brougt to his attention he refutes it. The only team that has a real shot at acquiring him he refuses to speak to. He doesn't want to it to be over. He wants teams to grovel at his feet and make him feel like the man. If he wanted to be traded and for this to be over, it would be. This guy is turning in to a bigger joke than LeBron.

Since: Nov 11, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 6:43 pm

Melo: 'I'm ready for this whole thing to be over'

I disagree 100%.  If Melo doesnt want to play for the Nets, all he has to do is say he will not sign the extension and that would end it all.  If he truly wanted it to end, he has all the power to do so.  Make a decision.  I will or will not sign wih the Nets.  That decides it, as the Nets are more than willing to give up the farm.  The Knicks are playing it smart.  Giving up what has been reported is ridiculous.  Melo makes the Knicks a bit better but who is gonna play defense?  Melo isn't, Amare isn't and whomever is left mos likely won't cause Coach doesn't teach defense.

Melo, make a decision, let them know what it is and end it already.  I think he loves this attention, places him in the Lebron category with all the attention.  The Nuggets are the worst offenders of this.  All they have to do is decide on a deal and present it to Melo and let him decide.  But they keep wanting more. 

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