A VISIBLY frustrated Carmelo Anthony had some fighting words to those who say his time in New York is done, saying if the Knicks want him out, he’s willing to talk but it won’t be easy.
Speaking to reporters after a 116-101 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday (Monday, Manila time), Anthony was irate over a FanRag story written by Knicks GM Phil Jackson’s former assistant coach and confidante Charley Rosen who wrote that the NBA All-Star forward has ‘outlived his usefulness in New York.’
“If that’s the case, that’s what’s coming from that side, I guess it’s a conversation we should have. If they feel like my time in New York is over, I guess that’s a conversation we should have,” said Anthony, who had no problem connecting the dots even as he was repeatedly informed it was Rosen and not Jackson who wrote the article.
“Listen, if that’s what they feel… if that’s what’s coming from that side, that’s what’s coming from that side,” he added.
But a big obstacle remains if the Knicks do plan to move him as Anthony reiterated that he hasn’t thought about waiving the no-trade clause in the five-year, $124M contract he signed in 2014, despite speculations circulating that he is open to setting it aside. Meaning, Anthony remains in control of possible trade negotiations and destinations.
Anthony also added that even with the constant scrutiny and trade rumors, he remains committed to the Knicks.
“I haven't thought once about that to be honest with you. I hear it. I hear all the rhetoric that's going on out there and I still come to work every day and play and bust my ass and try not to worry about it," he said.
“I've never even thought about that. I guess people are talking about it but it's not something I've thought about so far. People can have their own opinions but I haven't mentioned it once. But that seems to be the trend when you start losing, people want to start searching,” added Anthony.
With the Knicks losing 10 of their last 12 games to fall to 18-23, Anthony couldn’t help but be disappointed yet maintained that his focus is on what he can do on the court rather than on the talk surrounding his stint in New York.
“It’s disappointing. It’s not something I’ve thought about right now… it’s a disappointment, but what can we do other than change it at this point,” said Anthony on the Knicks’s dismal season so far.