Carmelo Anthony denies report that he's decided to leave Knicks
Carmelo Anthony denied an ESPN report that said he already has made up his mind to take his talents elsewhere when he becomes a free agent this summer.
"I don't think nobody goes somewhere expecting to lose, but we are going through it and I'm dealing with it," Anthony said. "As far as me leaving, I'm not thinking about that. I'd be selfish to think about that at this point, with us losing and going through the situation that we are going through. It'd be selfish on my part to my teammates and to the organization to even have that thought come across my mind.
"If it's not coming from me, if it's not coming from people I talk to on a daily basis -- which I don't talk to anybody about that, anybody in my crew, anybody on my team, family, nobody -- then it's just not true.''
The Knicks can pay Anthony roughly $34 million more than any other team, but that doesn't mean he'll stay if the Knicks don't turn around their season or don't trade for a significant complementary player.
The nine-game losing streak the Knicks took into Thursday night's 113-83 victory over the Nets was the longest of Anthony's career. He called the Knicks "the laughingstock of the league" Wednesday and has said they are in "a dark space."
But Anthony's effort and commitment in trying to get the Knicks out of this skid haven't been questioned. He entered Thursday night averaging a career-high 40.4 minutes and a personal-best 9.9 rebounds per game.
There's been speculation that Anthony could join his good friend Kobe Bryant with the Lakers next season. If the Knicks believe Anthony will leave, they might consider trading him by the Feb. 20 deadline.
The Clippers could be a possible trade partner because Anthony and Chris Paul are friends. The Clippers could put together a package featuring Blake Griffin.
Karl on Melo
Former Nuggets coach George Karl apparently took another dig at his former player. Karl's ESPN colleague, Jay Williams, tweeted a quote from Karl on Anthony that read: "He's an individual that produces individual success but doesn't produce championships."
Mike Woodson said he thought Jason Kidd would return to the Knicks this season and wishes he had. "We would have loved to have him back," he said. "But that just wasn't the case."