Carmelo Anthony said he doesn’t regret any of his controversial comments from this past weekend.
CHICAGO – The best drama series currently not airing on Netflix features an aging President, a frustrated superstar and a star-crossed franchise that can’t seem to get out of its own way.
The Knicks under Phil Jackson have produced plenty of compelling storylines the last two years but not nearly enough wins to satisfy Carmelo Anthony. So while LeBron James’ social media postings have the Cleveland Cavaliers confused and the almost daily speculation about Kevin Durant’s impending free agency has the Oklahoma City Thunder front office on high alert, those teams continue to win while living in a 24-hour news cycle.
That’s not the case in New York and perhaps that’s why Anthony chuckled on Wednesday when asked about the latest mini-controversy involving his good friend, LeBron, after it was revealed that he had “unfollowed” the Cleveland Cavaliers official Twitter account.
“Their drama is more comical,” Anthony said. “It’s more getting off of Twitter. You know what I mean? It’s always something that they blow up; him unfollowing the organization. Him shutting his Twitter down. It’s always something there along those lines. Over here it’s, you know, drama…different type of drama over here.”
Anthony has been at the center of most of it because of the uncertainty regarding his future. If Anthony tells Garden Chairman James Dolan this summer that he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause if the right deal comes along, the Knicks would placate their best player. However, Anthony seems to be committed to remaining in New York assuming the team makes significant upgrades over the summer.
The Daily News reported in February that there were talks of a three-way trade that would have resulted in Anthony heading to Cleveland. However, Anthony made it known before those talks ever progressed that he wasn’t ready to move.
It was during that time where Bleacher Report spoke with James, who admitted that he’d one day like to play on the same team with his friends, Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade.
“I really hope, that, before our career is over we can all play together,” James told Bleacher Report. “At least one, maybe one or two seasons – me, Melo, D-Wade, CP – we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.”
Anthony and James both own homes in Los Angeles, where Paul plays. That’s always a possibility. The idea of all four ending up in New York seems a bit far-fetched.
During the Knicks two week West Coast trip, Anthony was outspoken about the direction of the franchise, saying that the ball is in Jackson’s court to improve the team in free agency. He also said that Jackson, who wants to keep Kurt Rambis as the head coach, should interview other candidates.
LeBron James told Bleacher Report he hopes to one day play with Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony’s trip ended with him suffering from a migraine headache that forced him to miss Sunday’s loss to Sacramento. When he met with reporters on Tuesday, he greeted them by saying he had “no drama” for the media on this morning. On Wednesday, Anthony was asked if he was alluding to comments he made in Los Angeles and Oakland and whether he regretted some of those comments.
“No, why would I?” he replied. “I don’t regret anything. Anything I said is always drama.”
The Knicks entered Wednesday’s game with a 28-43 record and on the verge of being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for a third straight year. Anthony, who had made the playoffs in his first 10 seasons in the NBA, doesn’t know what triggered his migraine but he ruled out the stress of this season being a cause.
“”I don’t think so,” he said. “If that were the case I would have had migraines everyday last year. Last year was a lot worse than this year as far as winning 17 games, figuring out how to approach each day mentally. So I think it would have been more stressful than last year.”
Anthony was back at the United Center, a building he visited during his free agent tour of 2014. On Tuesday, Anthony’s long-time friend and former coach at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, reiterated on The Michael Kay Radio Show that he advised Anthony to join the Chicago Bulls. Boeheim felt that the Bulls roster would give Anthony a legitimate chance to win an NBA title.
Also, the Bulls were coached at the time by Tom Thibodeau, whom Boeheim works with on the U.S. national team.
“He was advocating for that,” Anthony said. “He was.”
The Bulls lost in the second round last May to LeBron and the Cavs and Thibodeau was eventually fired. Chicago is now fighting just to make the playoffs. The same is true of two other teams Anthony visited: Houston and Dallas. Meanwhile, the Knicks have won 45 games the last two seasons.
“I know the reason why I (re-signed),” Anthony said. “And the people that really understand it know why I’m sticking out. I think it is odd to question loyalty at this point and time especially when I’ve shown time and time again my loyalty to not just the organization but to New York and vice versa. At this point I just go out and play basketball and try not to worry about it.”