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Carmelo Anthony Apologizes to Teammates, Upstaged by Latrell Sprewell

It’s truly amazing to see how the excitement surrounding Carmelo Anthony’s trade to the Knicks has died down. We went from this guy being the lead subject in trade rumors the entire season and having New York engulfed in “Melo Mania” to fans already complaining. Perhaps the disappointment exists because the Knicks now have a losing record since acquiring Melo, having gone 7-8 including losing five of six since the trade. The hype built up during the trade announcement and that was validated in a win over Miami is now gone.

Carmelo Anthony didn’t speak to the media after Friday’s loss to Detroit in which he went 2-12 for just six points. He told reporters he cleared the air with teammates at their hotel on Saturday, saying “I got a chance to talk to coach and the guys. Letting them know, don’t be used to me getting frustrated out there. All around it was just a bad day, us losing. The way we lost. That stuff is frustrating.”

The positive feelings from Melo’s apology were short-lived because the Knicks lost to the Bucks by five Sunday. Apparently former Knicks forward Latrell Sprewell was on hand at the Bradley Center for the game and got a positive reception from the fans. And as the NY Post put it, he upstaged Melo “When Anthony went to the free-throw line in the third quarter, the fans chanted “Sprewell’s better.” Yikes!

I understand this was a road game, but it really is amazing to see how things are unraveling. I still believe the Knicks will be a dangerous team in the first round of the playoffs and that they’ll be peaking in two seasons, but in New York there is no patience. The pressure is on to perform now, and at the moment broke Latrell Sprewell is a more popular figure than Melo. That’s sad.

Avery Johnson Happy Nets Did Not Trade for Carmelo Anthony

Before ultimately being traded to the New York Knicks last month, media reports had Carmelo Anthony traded to New Jersey about a half dozen times. We had a report of a trade in September, January, and February, but Melo wound up with the Knicks, not the Nets.

Now, a month after missing out on the forward, Nets coach Avery Johnson says the team is better off not having pulled the trigger on the trade.

Speaking at New Jersey’s practice Wednesday, Johnson reflected on the status his team. “Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make,” Johnson said. “And that prospective trade that was reported where we were going to supposedly lose basically eight players, man that would have really gutted our team. So we’re glad that that didn’t happen.”

Of course he’s happy! The Nets had won five in a row when he made the comment, so he feels like they’ve improved. And by acquiring Deron Williams, maybe they did get a deal that improves their team more than the Melo trade would have. But I have two reasons Avery should be cautious. One, New Jersey only beat one good team during their streak (Boston), so it’s not like they’re gods. Two, I still bet Deron Williams leaves them in 2012 — they just don’t have enough on the team to keep him around.

Still, Avery may be right — the team could very well be better off with the Williams trade than they would have with Melo.

Carmelo Anthony Returning Home to New York Knicks? He’s From Baltimore

Much like statistics, it’s amazing how much the truth can be manipulated in the interest of marketing. You’ve probably seen the TV commercial that was running all throughout the week leading up to Melo’s first game as a New York Knick — it was called “coming home.” It was an over-the-top production that actually worked, generating absurdly high ratings for his Knicks debut against the Bucks.

This whole week for Carmelo Anthony was about him returning home to New York to play for the Knicks. That’s left me confused because I always thought Melo was a Baltimore guy.

Though he was born in Brookyln, I’ve read that he moved to B-More when he was seven. When people in Baltimore talk about Melo, they say “We’re so proud of Carmelo here. Everybody talks about him all the time. He’s a hero.” Melo is considered an athlete who made it out of the rough areas on Myrtle Street.

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Source: Carmelo Anthony Traded to the New York Knicks

Just when it looked like the New Jersey Nets were a lock to acquire Carmelo Anthony in the blockbuster trade of the year, the New York Knicks swept in and made the Nuggets an offer worth accepting.  Sources told the Denver Post on Monday night that an Anthony to New York is completed.  Here is the framework of the alleged deal:

Knicks get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.
Nuggets get: Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick, two future Warriors’ second round picks, and $3 million in cash.

New York was said to be stern with its initial offer, which didn’t include Mozgov, either of the Warriors’ picks, or cash.  Obviously the Knicks knew they had to make the deal and they weren’t about to lose it over a couple of late draft picks.

If reports of New Jersey’s offer were accurate, we have to assume the deal fell through because Anthony had no interest in playing for the Nets.  The trade included Derrick Favors and four first-round picks and was said to be contingent upon Anthony agreeing to a contract extension, which obviously didn’t happen.  He also referred to Mikhail Prokhorov as “that guy” and denied that there was any meeting set to take place between he and Nets team executives.

Meanwhile, Amare Stoudemire and Anthony have accomplished two-thirds of their goal.  At Carmelo’s wedding over the summer, the two reportedly discussed forming their own Big 3 with Chris Paul in the future.  The third piece could end up being Deron Williams, but there is no denying the Anthony deal makes the Knicks immediate contenders in the Eastern Conference.

Carmelo Anthony Nets Trade Includes Derrick Favors, Four First-Round Picks

Mikhail Prokhorov could be the world’s biggest Carmelo Anthony fan.  We all know the Nets need to make some sort of huge splash in order to become a contender, but is it worth wagering their entire future for one player?  Anthony may be one of the NBA’s best players, but who could blame the Nuggets for trading him away with what New Jersey is offering?

In order for the trade to be finalized Anthony must agree on the three-year, $65 million extension the Nets are offering.  Reports have surfaced stating that Anthony and Prokhorov are scheduled to meet during All-Star Weekend, but Carmelo said there is “no meeting at all” and talk of one is “news to (him).”  Of course, it would be foolish to rule out the Knicks regardless of how far along the talks are between New Jersey and Denver.

If the deal goes through, here is a look at what each team would get:

Nets get: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Melvin Ely, and Renaldo Balkman
Nuggets get: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh, and four first-round picks.

Man, that’s a ton of first round picks.  The Nuggets would lose two of their best players but they would also have an infinite amount of resources to use toward rebuilding.  Two first round picks every season for four years can yield plenty of talent.  Favors may not have worked out as planned just yet, but he was a third overall pick for a reason.  Harris is known to score points in bunches.  Anthony is the definition of a franchise player, but I’m just not sure any player is worth that type of king’s ransom — especially one who takes his hat off to himself and rocks shades during interviews like a clown.

Carmelo Anthony Rocks Sunglasses During ESPN Interview, Eazy-E Approves

Here I was thinking Carmelo Anthony repped Baltimore, only to find out he was really just straight outta Compton. Maybe this is his way of showing he wants to play for the Miami Heat, because he’s taken LeBron James’ spot as most unlikable figure in the NBA. Seriously, between this sunglasses interview on ESPN and his previous third person reference over the weekend, he’s certainly putting himself in lone ranger territory.

Pic via The Sports Hernia, who was right on top of the Eazy-E reference as well

Carmelo Anthony: I Take My Hat Off to Myself for Dealing With All This Stuff

It was only a matter of time.  With all the trade rumors swirling and fans chanting Carmelo Anthony’s name in desperation that their team makes a push to acquire the all-star, he was bound to turn d-bag on us.  When 17-player deals and defending NBA champions are involved, that tends to happen.

What Anthony has been able to do despite the distraction is certainly impressive.  He has averaged over 40 points per game over his last three, so obviously his head has somehow remained in the right place.  However, people in America tend to look down on those who pat themselves on the back.  You’re supposed to let other people do that for you, hence why we don’t like when certain people offer to “take their talents” certain places.

“I think it takes a strong-willed person, a strong-minded person, to deal with the stuff that I deal with and still go out there and go to work every day and perform on a nightly basis,” the Denver forward said about the trade rumors via NBA Fanhouse. “I take my hat off to myself for dealing with all this stuff that’s going on and still be able to go out there and play at the high level that I can play at. I really don’t think an average person can walk in my shoes. I don’t think that.”

What a modest guy.  All that stuff Anthony said is true, but it just doesn’t sound right when you say it about yourself.  That is precisely the reason LeBron has become one of the most hated athletes in America — he states the obvious about himself and people don’t like that.  Congratulations, Carmelo — you’re now a member of one of the most prestigious clubs in professional sports.

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