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Melo on Nets: 'I don't want to talk to nobody'

Posted on: January 17, 2011 12:56 am
Edited on: January 17, 2011 8:49 am
SAN ANTONIO -- The latest twist and turn in the never-ending Carmelo Anthony saga came Sunday night, when multiple reports surfaced that the Nuggets have given the Nets permission to speak directly with Carmelo Anthony to get the only answer that will move the story forward: Will he agree to an extension with the Nets, or not?

The internet tracks were barely dry on the stories when hours later, after the Nuggets got blown out by the Spurs, Anthony expressed no desire to meet with anybody -- saying those conversations about how this is resolved should be left to management.

"I can't talk to them people," Anthony said after scoring 12 points on 5-for-17 shooting and sitting most of the fourth quarter in Denver's 110-97 loss to San Antonio. "The Denver Nuggets still pay me. I can't talk to nobody."

When informed that the the Nuggets, who have been pushing to trade Anthony to New Jersey for nearly four months, evidently have given permission to the Nets, Anthony said, "I haven't talked to nobody -- Masai or Josh or any other teams. So for that speculation to be going around out there like that, that’s false."

Asked what his desire is, Anthony said, "I don’t want to talk to nobody. I let the front office handle that type of stuff. It ain't my job to be talking to New Jersey, New York, the Lakers, Dallas, no one. That’s not my job to do."

Again, Anthony was reminded that this would be a legal conversation that the Nuggets wanted him to have -- and still, he gave the same answer.

"I still won’t step into something like that," Anthony said. "I’ve seen a lot of people go through that and for me to sit here and say that I want to talk to them or Masai and Josh gave them permission to talk to me, I think that’s false. If that was the case, then I'm pretty sure I would've gotten a phone call from Masai or Josh about that."

UPDATE: The Nets, who have been pursuing Anthony for four months, were not fazed by his comments. A person familiar with the team's strategy told Monday that New Jersey officials continue to expect a meeting this week. The hurdle facing the Nets is similar to the one eventually cleared by the Celtics in their pursuit of Kevin Garnett in 2007. Garnett agreed to the trade in late July after dropping his objections to playing in Boston, and that has worked out rather nicely.

When I let Anthony know that his comments were coming across as a resounding no to an invitation to get involved in the trade talks with the Nets, he said, "Yeah, I don’t want the NBA coming down on me or coming down on the team." Then I reminded him that the NBA would not consider such a conversation tampering because the Nuggets were on board.

"Y’all have to ask Masai that because me personally, I don’t think he gave anyone permission to talk to me about anything," he said.

Just another day in the Melo saga.

"I get tired of answering the questions, but I live with it," Anthony said. "I wake up in the morning, keep my head high, be professional, and answer the questions as y’all ask them."

And there are still more questions than answers.
Category: NBA

Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2011 11:10 am

Melo on Nets: 'I don't want to talk to nobody'

I am not the biggest basketball fan in NJ but I don't think giving up the ranch, players & draft picks, for 1 guy (who shoots a lot which means on certain nights will score a lot) is a good trade.  He is not Kobe Bryant who is a player that a team can be built around.   lus its obvious that he wants NY Knicks and would only be settling for Nets (money).   Don't be fooled Nets Management - he is playing poker with you!!!

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 9:33 am

Melo on Nets: 'I don't want to talk to nobody'

Clearly sounds like Melo can't make a decision.  Except that everything hinges on what he wants.  So, Melo, just come out and say what you want.  Otherwise, the Nuggets are going to ship you to wherever they can get the best deal, and you can go to the Knicks for less money next year. 

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2011 3:12 am

Melo on Nets: 'I don't want to talk to nobody'

Obviously Melo is saying that he wants to talk to somebody, he just doesn't know that's what he said.


Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2011 2:40 am

Melo on Nets: 'I don't want to talk to nobody'

Well said.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 2:30 am

Melo on Nets: 'I don't want to talk to nobody'

anybody Melo

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2011 2:08 am

Melo on Nets: 'I don't want to talk to nobody'

Who cares??  In the end this is one 20-win team going to a 30-win team, and one 45-win team going to a 30-win team...again, who cares?

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