Carmelo Anthony has been saying a lot recently. He's saying a lot because a lot of people are asking him questions ... usually some variation of the same question: Are you leaving the Knicks?
Carmelo on if he's going to be on the Knicks next season: "S---, I dunno. That's for you guys (the media) to speculate."— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) March 18, 2016
ZOMG he doesn't know what's going to happen! Have you ever been asked the same question multiple times? Eventually you're going to stop giving the same answer. There's no point anymore. If only Melo could institute the same "three questions" rule as the president of the Quik-E-Mart:
Well that was a big bust. Is Melo really gonna invoke his no-trade clause?
What does Melo want? He said exactly what he wants in this interview with Yahoo's Marc Spears:
Q: You turn 32 years old on May 29. With your age, at this stage of your NBA career, what comes to mind about the state of your career?
Anthony: "I don't want to say a sense of urgency. I think it's more of stability, consistency. I got to find something that I can be comfortable with and still enjoy it at the same time, still have fun at the same time."
Carmelo Anthony -- a married father in his thirties -- is looking for stability and happiness.
The biggest source of disconnect between Melo and fans/writers is that he's behaving like a normal guy. He wants to feel comfortable, wants his family to feel comfortable. He wants to succeed at his job, but he also wants to live out his life on his own terms.
Melo likes New York. He would prefer to stay here. If his working situation proves untenable, he will uproot and move on. What he will not do is look at his team's record at the trade deadline, and make a decision under deadline pressure to move to Boston or Cleveland.
Melo wants time. He wants time to the get a better view of the Knicks' future before making his decision. Seriously, this is exactly what he is telling us:
Q: What would you like to see happen this summer? What do the Knicks need to do?
Anthony: "I don't really want to say exactly. But I think we need something we can put together that is going to be there over the next couple of years. Now it's time to start competing for a championship, not just competing for the playoffs. Those days for me are over with.
Q: So how does that happen? How do you go from a struggling team to an NBA title contender?
Anthony: "It's not going to happen overnight. But the ball is not in my court at this point. It comes to what [the front office] wants to do in the offseason. It's up to them to make those decisions and at that time I will figure it out."
Melo would like to define this quality as loyalty -- the loyalty which perhaps "has come back to bite me in the ass."Personally, I think it's more common sense: take time and get as much information as possible before making a life-altering decision. Melo is doing what most NBA players would do if given the choice (which is why general managers are so hesitant to hand out no-trade clauses). It may not jibe with our ideas on how an athlete should act -- Go play for a winner or stay forever, but make up your mind NOW! -- but it is a very reasonable response to a tough decision.
Carmelo Anthony's plan for the future is clear: He'll decide when he's damn well ready to decide. If only we all had that kind of freedom.