Say what you will about Carmelo Anthony’s decision to test free agency, and likely play for his third team of his career, but you can never say he wasn’t upfront about everything. In a new interview with VICE Sports, Melo again dives into the topic, discussing amongst other things what made him go from Denver to New York in the first place:
“Playing in a small market you can only go so high, as far as individual players go. When you reach that max, there’s only so much you can do at a point in your life, you gotta look for something else. A bigger stand, a bigger stage, a bigger market. So when you go to places like New York you’re there playing for two nights you feel the excitement, you feel the difference. The energy is different. The fans are different. The game is different playing in New York. Then you go back home and it’s like ‘ah I want that.’”
It’s an interesting look into the mind of an NBA player and what priorities motivate their major career decisions. If you’re Melo, and you’ve worked all your life to be a superstar in the NBA, more likely than not you want to enjoy the fruits of your labor in the biggest playground possible.
Melo also touches on other aspects of any decision he’s going to make, including the effect a move would have on his family and the long-term versus the short-term basketball ripples by whatever he does in the next few weeks. Whatever he decides, he understands it’s something that will affect more than just his basketball reputation or Knicks fans, but will shake up his family structure and that seems to be more important to Melo than anything else.
If anything, it’s clear Anthony isn’t being short-sighted about what’s really a life-altering decision, and no matter what we think about his decision, at least Knicks fans can take solace in the fact that it’s being carefully considered. At least until they’re watching $35 million worth of Andrea Bargnani and Amare Stoudemire next season sans Carmelo, but at least they’ll know why he left.