Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Carmelo Anthony doesn't want trade
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony said on Wednesday that he doesn't want to be traded by the New York Knicks.
"I don't want to be traded," Anthony said after the Knicks' morning shootaround. "I don't know where that foolishness came from, so let's put a cap on that and make (sure) this the last time I hear about that."
According to a report in Wednesday's New York Post, Anthony would welcome a trade from the Knicks. The newspaper said Anthony told a confidant after the Knicks' loss in Chicago Monday that he wanted to be traded. The report also said he was unhappy in part because he believed coach Mike D'Antoni and interim general manager Glen Grunwald do not trust him.
"No, no, no, no. Let's nip this in the bud right now. No," Anthony said, calling the report "nonsense."
"I don't know where that came from. I'm tired of hearing it. It came out this morning from I guess an anonymous source. I'm tired of anonymous sources," he said.
The NBA's trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET Thursday, the Knicks (18-24) are in a tailspin, having lost six straight and seven of eight to fall six games below .500 and into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Anthony also said he has no issues with D'Antoni.
"I support Mike 100 percent regardless of what is going on, as far as us losing basketball games," Anthony said. "We all need each other right now and this is the best time to come together and stick with one another. ... There's a lot of things being said out there about Mike, about myself, and it's just a bunch of nonsense right now. So we've got to stick together. We're not going to do it without one another."
The Knicks acquired Anthony in a three-team blockbuster trade before the 2011 trade deadline. With Anthony on board, New York has a 32-42 record, including the playoffs.
The Knicks had high expectations coming into this season with Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler on the roster. After struggling through the first six weeks, New York went 8-1 in a nine-game stretch in mid-February with Jeremy Lin at point guard.
Anthony was sidelined for seven of those nine games due to a groin injury. Now, since his return Feb. 20, the Knicks have lost eight of 10.
"It's funny that when we lose a couple of games in a row, it's said I wanted to be traded," Anthony said. "I've been through a lot of adversity in my career. I've never run from it and I'm not about to now."
"I've only been here a year," he added. "I don't want to leave right now, so I'm here to stay."
Stoudemire believes Anthony wants to stay with New York.
"Melo loves the city of New York, he loves playing for the Knicks," Stoudemire said when asked about the report. "So I don't think that's true at all."
The Knicks play the Portland Trail Blazers at home Wednesday night and Anthony hopes they can put an end to their losing streak and, ultimately, quiet the rumors of his reported pending departure.
"Nobody likes losing," Anthony said. "That's where the frustration comes in. So we've just got to stick together as a unit and leave all the (distractions) outside the gym and try to go out there and win some basketball games. Whatever we gotta do, we've got to do it and it starts now."
Ian Begley covers the Knicks for ESPNNewYork.com.