You have seen LeBron James leave his hometown team, to go to another team, to win a championship; you saw Kevin Durant go to the already dominant Warriors team, Carmelo Anthony is staying strong and showing his loyalty by staying on the Knicks.
The New York Knicks win on Monday demonstrated that Carmelo Anthony is still loyal to the organization. After everything that’s been happening with him and the organization this year Melo showed his true character.
After the surprising win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday to snap their five games losing streak, Melo revealed that he is still in it to win it for the Knicks. Melo tried his best to win against Detroit, before the game New York was tied for the fourth worse record in the NBA. That win pushed them to the sixth worse. Fans wanted New York to tank and this what he told them
“They can come play.”
This season has not been what anybody expected if you read the names on the roster. New York is 28–46 and is one loss away from clinching their fourth straight season without making the playoffs.
With that being said, you would’ve thought that a 33-year old that has not won a championship would love to be traded to a title contention team during the trade deadline, but that didn’t happen. Melo had a chance to waive his no-trade clause; there were three great title contention teams that were in New York wanting to get him, however, the only way he was going to waive his no-trade clause was if New York was going to rebuild, as he told Al Iannazzone of Newsday.
“I think it will be more on the front office,” Anthony told NewsDay this week. “I have the power, but still I would talk to them. We would be in communication if they feel like they want to go in a different direction, they want to start rebuilding for the future. If they tell me they want to scrap this whole thing, yeah, I have to consider it.”
The Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers came calling, however, he stayed with the struggling New York Knicks.
Melo’s own team fans booed him on consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden, team President Phil Jackson was working extremely hard to get Anthony to leave and current NBA players were telling him to leave, but no, Anthony stayed in New York post trade deadline.
With all the problems that are going on off the court, Melo disliked the triangle system offense.
Phil Jackson and head coach Jeff Hornacek told Ian Begley of ESPN that New York is committed to the triangle.
“Do we have the right fit for guys running the system?” Hornacek said. “If we think that we can somehow — with a fresh start at training camp and go to it right off the bat, if that helps us and Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] — We think maybe the same guys on this team could have a different outlook on it, then we’ll stay the same. If not, They’ll look at the other guys”
Anthony is one of many players who disapproves of the triangle offense. Recently, Melo told Marc Berman of New York Daily Post, that he prefers Jeff Hornacek’s uptempo offense instead.
“I thought earlier we were playing faster and more free-flowing throughout the course of the game,’’ Anthony said. “We kind of slowed down, started settling it down. Not as fast. The paced slowed down for us — something we had to make an adjustment on the fly with limited practice time, in the course of a game. Once you get into the season, it’s hard to readjust to a whole new system.’’
Even though New York is committing to the triangle while Melo would rather run Hornacek’s offense, he is still in the New York uniform.
Carmelo Anthony does not like the word tanking, he prefers to win. Melo misses the playoffs, and now at this point, New York is on their way to missing their fourth consecutive playoffs.
You can’t question Melo’s loyalty to New York after everything escalated in the Big Apple. Melo has mentioned waiving his no-trade clause, but the Knicks approaching their last week in the season.
Carmelo Anthony is averaging 22.7 points and 5.9 rebounds, Melo wants to win a championship in New York.