CARMELO Anthony and his relationship with the New York Knicks, both management and fans, might be far from perfect, but the undoubted face of the franchise knows where he stands.
The 31-year old NBA star recently stood behind his team on social media when he took exception to a fan questioning his loyalty to the Knicks.
“Shows how little you know about me. Staying in NY shows that I do care. If I would have left, what would you have said then? 'Oh, Melo's wack for leaving. He turned his back on NY.' FOH. You are stuck with me buddy. Deal with it. If you want me gone, I'll personally walk you into the front office so you can plead your case of the Knicks trading me. Hope you have bail money bc they might have you arrested for Disturbing the Peace,” Anthony wrote on Instagram.
Recovering from surgery to a knee injury that limited him to 40 games last season, Anthony has been the subject of rumors, mostly on his supposed unhappiness with New York’s rebuilding process.
Operating within Knicks president Phil Jackson’s triangle offense last season, the eight-time NBA All-Star practically held the fort last season for the Knicks and was averaging 24 points per game in a lineup that offered little in way of support.
In the offseason, the Knicks were unable to get a big name free agent and settled by signing Arron Afflalo, Robin Lopez, Jerian Grant and drafted Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in efforts to surround Melo with a stronger supporting cast.
In a recent interview with ESPN.com, Jackson compared Anthony’s role in the Knicks to Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls and Kobe Bryant with the Los Angeles Lakers.