Marc Berman of the NY Post has the not-so-shocking details:
Carmelo Anthony’s discontent with the Knicks organization became so severe after Monday night’s loss to the Bulls, he told a confidant he preferred to be traded before Thursday’s NBA deadline, The Post has learned.
According to a person familiar with his thinking, Anthony’s disillusionment stems most from a belief coach Mike D’Antoni and interim GM Glen Grunwald do not trust him. He is surprised that after all the Knicks gave up to trade for him, he has not been asked for more input on personnel decisions, as Deron Williams has with the Nets.
“The organization makes believe his opinions don’t matter,’’ the source said.
Though Stoudemire lobbied for the Knicks to trade for Anthony, the pair’s friendship has not flourished.
“They’re not as close as people think they are,’’ the source said. “It’s an awkward relationship.’’
Let me get this out of the way now: Bahahahahahaha!!!
Anyone with an ounce of basketball knowledge knew the Melo – Amar'e – D'Antoni marriage in NY was destined to fail. The ingredients don't add up to a successful team. (Read John's post from yesterday for further analysis)
I don't blame Melo for hating on his coach. D'Antoni is awful. He has one playoff win over the past 5 seasons. The mild success he had in Phoenix was due to Steve Nash. Any coach who ignores defense will never win in the playoffs.
Melo may be an incredible talent, but he's no peach. He needs to dominate the ball to be successful. The fact that he's bitching about wanting out after 1 1/2 seasons is cowardly and selfish.
I threw a couple of names into the NBA trade machine. Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley for Carmelo Anthony. Whaddya know… it worked.
Could Doc Rivers mold Melo into a team-first guy?
UPDATE: Melo says he doesn't want to be traded.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)