Carmelo Anthony can opt out of his contract at the end of the season, so there have been rumors about his free agency for months now. He has come out and said that he wants to retire in New York, and that he will opt out, but now his tone is changing:
“Nobody should be worried about me. I’m going to be fine,” Anthony told reporters Monday. “I’m not even thinking about contracts or BS like that. I’ll think about that in the offseason. Right now, my duty is to lead this team to win some basketball games, hopefully to win a championship. That’s my duty. Nobody should be worried about Carmelo Anthony.”
I’m sure it’s somewhere in his mind, but we care about this stuff more than he does right now. The Knicks are 3-7 so far, but it is only 10 games in. To say he will leave because of this start is premature, but this isn’t good for New York. As for the team, he doesn’t sound too fond of their effort:
“Everybody’s kind of shaken up a little bit, not knowing how to figure it out, not knowing what’s going on,” Anthony said. “I don’t know if it’s a lot of distractions or things like that but I don’t want to make excuses because we’re just not putting forth the effort.”
It wouldn’t be New York without a little drama.