Melo's Words Provided Clues To The Final Destination

Carmelo Anthony Signs With Knicks
by Jonah Ballow

His words provided the clues to the destination.

“I want to come back.  I want to come back.  I’m willing to stay here.  I’m willing to ride or die for New York.”

This sincere statement was made just days after the harsh reality that Carmelo Anthony would not participate in the NBA’s postseason for the first time in his career.  Despite the disappointing season, Anthony continued to praise New York City, the Knicks organization, and preached his affection for Madison Square Garden.

“You know you represent something much larger than yourself,” Anthony told in an exclusive interview prior to the start of the 2013-14 season.  “You represent a bigger piece, not just myself, not just the guys that’s on the team but a city, a state, and not just the city or the state but the most powerful and impactful city and state I think in the world.”

The glitz of the Lakers and friendship with Kobe Bryant did not sway Anthony to the west coast.  The Bulls could not convince him to sign in Chi-Town.  The Rockets were unsuccessful in their attempt to acquire the 7-time All-Star in a move to the Western Conference.   At the end of the day, the Brooklyn-born Anthony decided to ink a long-term deal with the franchise that welcomed him with open arms in 2011.

Anthony’s three years in Gotham has featured significant moments.  In the 2011 season, he helped New York reach the postseason alongside Amar’e Stoudemire.  2013 was a banner year for the Knicks as they captured an Atlantic Division title in the midst of a 54-win season and spot in the semifinals of the playoffs.  The forward earned his first scoring title in that season over Kevin Durant and LeBron James.  Last year, Anthony posted a career-high 8.1 rebounds per game and represented New York as a starter for the Eastern Conference squad in the NBA All-Star game, his seventh career appearance.  And, of course, the unforgettable 62-point explosion at the Garden when Anthony set a Madison Square Garden and franchise record for points scored. 

Under the management of 13-time champion Phil Jackson and the direction of five-time champion Derek Fisher, the 30-year old enters a crucial point in his career, chasing an elusive title.  Both the Knicks and Anthony are investing in each other for the short and long term.  Anthony is quite possibly the best offensive threat in the league as he continues to impress with an efficient, quick trigger from downtown and a near unstoppable midrange game.  One could argue Anthony is the perfect piece to ignite the famous Triangle Offense at the Mecca. 

Whether Brooklyn or Baltimore is the true home city for Anthony is irrelevant.  His words were packed with power during this entire process and led us through the path to his final decision. 

Melo has officially returned to his home for now and the foreseeable future in New York City.