NBA News: Melo Claims it Was Not About the Money!
Speaking publicly for the first time since signing a new 5-year $124-million dollar deal with the Knicks, Carmelo Anthony, says that it wasn’t about the money…but rather his chance to win in New York. However, Melo is not fooling anyone…it has always been about the money! How can anyone say it’s not about the money when they stand to lose $60-million dollars by signing with another NBA team?
Melo recently told ESPN.com that he felt confident in the direction that the Knicks were headed under Phil Jackson, and that they were close to contending for an NBA championship.
Here is what he told Jeff Goodman:
“I want to win. I don’t care about the money.” “I believe Phil will do what he has to do to take care of that.
“I don’t think we’re that far away,” he added. “People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.”
However, that’s when the flip-flopping took another turn as Melo met with the Knicks Phil Jackson and newly hired coach, Derek Fisher. Melo says he was convinced that the Knick would provide him with a chance to win for the near future.
Melo also said that it was pretty much always between the Windy City and the Big Apple.
Despite claiming that it was not about the money, there is no way that Melo can honestly believe that he has a chance of winning a title with the Knicks current roster. Had Melo joined the Bulls, they would instantly have become the favorites to win the Eastern Conference.
I just hope that the money makes Melo happy as he continually gets knocked out of the playoffs in the first round with the Knicks.