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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Melo: 'I support' what La La said

By Ian Begley



NEW YORK -- La La Anthony made headlines earlier this week when she said that her husband, Carmelo Anthony, would “definitely” re-sign with the Knicks.

So what was Carmelo’s reaction?

"That’s my wife. I support her. I support what she said. I don’t think she said anything wrong," Anthony said. "It’s a good thing for her to say that. Go get the book, though."

La La Anthony said in an interview with Bravo TV's "Watch What Happens Live" to promote her book, "The Playbook," that she thinks Anthony, a free agent to-be, will end up back in New York.

"I definitely think he will stay," La La Anthony said. "I know that he wants to stay, and I support him wherever he wants to go.

"Listen, I used to live in Denver with him. If I can live in Denver, I can live anywhere. I just want him to be happy."

Anthony says he will test free agency this summer. He is under contract through 2014-15 but can opt out after this season.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Knicks can offer him a maximum contract of $129 million over five years. Other suitors can offer Anthony a maximum of $96 million over four years.

La La Anthony playfully mocked those who speculate that she will have a heavy influence on her husband's decision.

"I get blamed for everything. No matter what happens, it's my fault," she said. "[There are] all these talks if he's staying in New York or not, [and] I'm somehow the mastermind behind if he stays or not."

The Knicks (17-27) have performed well below expectations this season. That has led some to speculate that Carmelo Anthony will take less money and sign elsewhere this summer.

The Chicago Bulls have been mentioned in several reports as one possible destination. Anthony was asked if he thinks about the speculation over the Bulls as potential suitors.

"Not at all," Anthony said.

What about Anthony’s relationship with coach Tom Thibodeau?

"I don’t have one with Thibs," he said.

Anthony, who is in his 11th season, said Monday that his sole motivation is to win an NBA title.

"That's the only thing I care about. Anything else is irrelevant to me when it comes to basketball," he said. "Championship is the only thing that's on my mind, is the only thing I want to accomplish, I want to achieve, and I'm going to do what I got to do to get that. That's my motivating factor. Nothing else even motivates me anymore, just that."

That statement itself isn’t newsworthy, but when you consider Anthony’s pending free agency, it takes on a little more meaning.

It’s clear an opportunity to win an NBA title will be high on Anthony’s wish list when he considers his suitors this summer.

In addition to the Knicks and Bulls, Anthony is expected to be courted by the Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams could create enough cap space to sign Anthony.

Question: Do you think what La La said was accurate, or do you see Anthony leaving New York this summer?

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