In December of 2010, Carmelo Anthony told the Denver Nuggets (His current team at the time) that he would not accept their 65 million dollar extension unless they traded him to the New York Knicks. A 3 team trade in February made Melo’s demand come true as he was traded to the Knicks. Since the trade the Knicks have made the playoffs 3 out of 4 times and the highest point they reached was the 2nd round in the 2012-2013 NBA playoffs. Carmelo has recently said he couldn’t leave New York after the way he forced himself to the city.
Melo said staying in NY was about “unfinished business” and admitted it would have ben tough to leave after he “forced my way here.” Wow.— Alan Hahn (@alanhahn) September 29, 2014
Carmelo is also aware that basketball wise (Winning titles) it wasn’t the best decision:
On free agency, Carmelo Anthony also acknowledged that "basketball-wise" he may have had better opportunities to win if he signed elsewhere.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 29, 2014
Melo says he doesn’t want the pain he felt last year to be showed again:
Carmelo believes the #Knicks will be a playoff team this year. Says he "doesn't want to feel the pain" that he felt last year.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 29, 2014
Who’s the most underrated superstar in the league? According to Melo, its:
Melo told me he's "the most underrated superstar" in the league…— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) September 29, 2014
Melo is ready for the challenge
Carmelo: "I want (Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher) to know I'm in. I'm embracing this challenge."— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) September 29, 2014
Carmelo Anthony signed a 5 year 124 million dollar deal to re-sign with the Knicks this season. It looks as though Melo is ready to imbrac e the challenge ahead of him.
Credit to the original owner for the photo.