Carmelo Anthony’s Decision Inspired By Playing With Winners
Carmelo Anthony is already making summer plans. Anthony wants to capture his third gold medal with Team USA this summer at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In a recent interview regarding Carmelo Anthony’s decision, he had this to say:
“From a morale standpoint as a player, if you’ve been through the things I’ve been through the past couple of years, you want to feel what that success feels like. You want that success. So the Olympics for me is great timing, especially coming off this season and injuries, and mentally it’s good for me to get out there and feel what that feels like again.”
Carmelo Anthony and The Knicks Heading to a Divorce?
The future of Carmelo Anthony in New York is the biggest question mark for the Knicks. Anthony has made it clear that he is excited for the change the Knicks make in the offseason to work towards becoming a contender for not only the playoffs, but also a championship. For the third straight season, the Knicks do not qualify for the playoffs
It’s no secret that Carmelo Anthony’s decision has been treading water in New York, while his brotherhood has been competing for (and winning) championships. The organization has been trying to build a solid foundation since he arrived there, but have failed over and over again. The New York Knicks are 30-45 this season, on pace for 33 wins. Last season, they set a franchise record for most losses in a season, going 17-65, while Anthony sat out the second half of the year due to knee surgery.
The path to contention is hazy for the Knicks. There’s promise in rookie Kristaps Porzingis, but he’s 20 years old and Anthony is turning 32 this May — their timelines are considerably different. The Knicks are without a first-round draft pick this June and they’ll have cap space at the precise time when more than half the NBA will as the salary cap jumps.
If Anthony were to be traded, he would have to waive his no-trade clause. That would be the first step if Carmelo Anthony’s decision were to go that route. Through it all, he has remained as cordial as he can, showing signs of frustration at times, but still engaging with the media. The Knicks are one loss away from another sub-.500 season
Carmelo and Company
If Lebron James commits to joining the Olympic team, expect the talks of a super-team to heat up again. With the success of the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs , Lebron knows his championship window is closing. If the Cleveland Cavaliers have a poor NBA Finals performance, expect Lebron and Carmelo to have a lot to talk about in Brazil.