The New York Knicks are starting to turn things around this season after a laughable start to the year. But something else that is considered laughable in New York is the notion that Carmelo Anthony will leave the team in the offseason and sign elsewhere.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said this week that he firmly believes Melo will retire as a Knick when his career is over, which means he thinks the forward is going to stick around beyond this season. Knicks beat writer Marc Berman reinforces the notion that the Knicks believe Melo is sticking around, by reminding us that they are still laughing off trade rumors involving their star.
Mike Woodson’s remarks that he believes Melo will “retire” in the orange and blue is a commonly held feeling in organization. They honestly can’t imagine him leaving and that’s why it was the report Knicks were weighing a Blake Griffin.
New York is teetering on a very fine line here. On the one hand, they’re showing that the trade rumors aren’t fazing them and that they truly believe Melo is going to come back next season.
That can come off as brash though and might rub Melo the wrong way if he thinks the New York Knicks are just assuming he’s coming back and aren’t going to stroke his ego by fretting over the idea of him leaving. No one knows what Melo will do, but the rest of this season and how things end up in New York could be very telling.