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LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

Posted on: February 19, 2011 6:06 pm
LOS ANGELES – LeBron James started the trend of superstars teaming up in the prime of their careers. Chris Paul stoked the flames with his infamous wedding toast in July. 

On Saturday at All-Star media availability, Anthony’s partners in crime showed up to defend their close friend amid the ever-increasing insanity over his February free-agent decision. 

“Carmelo Anthony is his own man, just like I’m my own man,” LeBron said, butting into the latest interrogation of Anthony to take the Heat off his friend. “It's totally different. It's totally different, because one thing about me, when I was going through my situation, I was able to hide a little bit because it was the offseason when it got heavy. This guy's traveling every day, he has to play, he still has to put on a uniform and still represent the Denver Nuggets the right way and still listen to you guys ask him every single day what is he doing, where is he going. And he knows just as much as you guys know.” 

Asked if the Melo saga has grown worse than LeBron’s free-agent extravaganza this past summer, James said, “Yeah, because he has to see you guys every day. I didn’t have to see you at all in the offseason.'' 

James, who along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh chose to sign a three-year extension in 2006 so all three would be free agents at the same time, also defended Anthony’s decision to opt for the added security of a four-year extension at the time. 

“There was no wrong answer,” James said. “It’s just a tough situation what he’s going through right now, to have to answer these questions every single day and still try to lead his team to victory every single night and play at a high level. But he's showing right now, averaging 31 points in the month of February, that he can do these things at a high level and still listen to you guys ask him the same damn situation every day.” 

Seated shoulder-to-shoulder between James and Paul on the scorer’s table, Anthony shed little new light on his situation Saturday. He once again refused to confirm of deny his Thursday night meeting with Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, but said if he were traded to the Knicks to play for Mike D’Antoni, “That’s a great system he has there.” 

Amar’e Stoudemire, Anthony’s would-be teammate and the inspiration for Paul toasting to forming “our own Big Three in New York” at Anthony’s July wedding, said the addition of Anthony “definitely is going to help us as far as going into the postseason. You have two guys who demand double teams and it’s going to be tough to guard us.” 

As for the players the Knicks would have to give up in an Anthony trade – some combination of Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Landry Fields – Stoudemire said, “That is a lot. I'm not sure what the details are. But with a player of that stature, he definitely helps any ballclub he goes to.” 

James even went so far as to break down the dilemma facing the Nuggets, who must decide whether to accept a lesser trade package from the Knicks, sign Anthony to the three-year, $65 million extension that has been on the table for months, or risk losing him in free agency and getting nothing in return. The Nuggets prefer to trade Anthony to the Nets, which would yield a better collection of assets centered around Derrick Favors and multiple first-round picks. But that possibility grew more remote Saturday when a spokeswoman for Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said the Russian billionaire has not met with Anthony and has no intentions to meet with him during All-Star weekend. Anthony's long-held insistence on signing an extension only with the Knicks if traded finally is gaining the kind of public traction that could bring an end to the Nets' months-long pursuit of the three-time All-Star.

“Me personally, if I’m a GM or if I’m an owner, I wouldn’t want to lose one of the best players in the league, one of the top 10 best players in the league,” James said. “You try to do anything in your power to keep him. I mean, he’s one of the top 10 players that we’ve got in the game today. That’s just my personal opinion. But I’m not a GM. I’m not an owner. I’m just a player. 

“What would you do?” James continued. “If you're the owner of the Denver Nuggets or you're the GM of the Denver Nuggets, and you don’t know for sure if Carmelo's going to sign the three-year extension, what would you do? Would you try to get something for him, or would you just let him walk?” • Get something for him, someone replied. 

“That's what I think,” James said. 

For his part, Paul deflected a question about his own looming free agency in 2012, which depending on the structure of a new collective bargaining agreement could put him in Anthony’s shoes as early as this coming summer. At one point, James interrupted the Anthony questioning, gestured toward Paul, and said, “He would have all the answers. You started this ___ thing.” 

All with a toast that made Anthony the toast and the bane of All-Star weekend.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:50 pm

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

Lebron is right in that Anthony doesn't know any more about the situation than say - Denver mgmt. He is a player who works FOR the Denver Nuggets. He doesn't own the team nor is he empowered to trade himself. His employer will tell him what they've done, what they've decided.

Why don't these idiot writers ask Denver mgmt or NYK mgmt or NJN mgmt these very same questions? The guy doesn't know anymore than what's been reported. And what's being reported is all made up bs. Rumors, blogs, unnamed sources, what is all this crap? It's definitely not journalism.

My 12 yr old grandson could write the same bs that Ken Berger writes!!!


Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:19 am

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

This guy Lebron is amazing. How dare you say anything about what someone should do? At least Anthony had the B*LLS to tell Denver he wanted to leave so they can trade him and get something in return! You held Cleveland over your head and dropped them on the ground on national television! That will never be forgotten. And for all you people out there that want to believe he made a great decision, watch how other teams do what Miami did, BUT they will do it better, they will have a better supporting cast around their 3 superstars! You can say what you want, but if you take D-Wade off that MIAMI roster ,that team is definitly not better than the Cleveland team last year! That Miami team will not beat Boston, just like The Cavs couldn't beat boston! So BRON-BRON I hope you THINK you made the right decision, because all you did was make it harder for yourself to win a title. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!....and oyeah I AM A PISSED OFF CAVS FAN!!!!!!!!!!!GO CAVS!!!!!!!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:00 am

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense u think u doing?? U try to defend others while you couldnt even defend yourself while engaged in this mess?? You become the most hated person in America overnight.What else did you get?? Go home to Miami and hide your ass there..just like a coward as usual...u are so used to you know u just looks like a TORTOISE.....whenever u scared,u hide ur face and ass inside the shell. only know how to bully the weak....sigh....LOSER is you tag from now on....ooops...i forgot,you are a loser since you made that Decision...taking your mum to south

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 8:01 pm

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

I would never emberess the league.

Since: Jan 19, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2011 2:56 pm

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

What the he** does race have to do with anything said in this article? I honestly would of like to of heard a little about what CP3 thinks. I thought that was the other half of the article berger??

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 2:51 pm

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

"Stop emberessing the leauge"

Is this ironic or what?

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2011 12:27 pm

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

I hear you T about the depressing part (and I forgot about the Burgh when mentioning Detriot and Clev because the Burgh belongs there and maybe if Gilbert was half the man Rooney is then LeBron would have stayed-just my 2 cents) and that is why I moved to the Big Apple myself to get away and live somewhere that has a night life and oppurtunity to do something different.  These players have a right to do what they want (The American Way) and I feel the pain of LeBron leaving, and I think it was the way he left was the difference between Nash and others, but people seem to forget how much he brought to Cleveland and should be thankful for the 7 years they had him and the team lifting everyones spirits (especially single handedly beating an aged Detriot team).  Instead the slave mentality that Gilbert displayed spoke more to me then the DESCISION did since he is still a young man who has lots to learn about life.  That is why I agree with Rome when he said that LeBron should embrace the Bad Guy role and truely be a Yankee, that is either loved or hated.  At least he is speaking his mind and not cow tailing to the rich like MJ did his whole career never speaking up only cliche-iing messages that won't rock the boat.  Everybody better watch out because The Heat are the real deal and it is only a matter of "when" not "if" they win a CHIP.     

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 12:10 pm

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

LOL at the bulls fan, I bet you were drooling when you thought him or DWade was coming to Chicago. Another jilted lover. For the record, I'm a Laker fan. But I could care less where Lebron goes.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:58 am

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

Now its just comical to hear anything that LeBron "2 Cents" James has to say about anything.  The little girl sure does know how to position himself in front of camera's to get his voice heard.  This guy is great at stirring the pot, he'll still never win a championship but if they gave out rings for giving opinions when nobody asked, he'd have enough rings to put on his fingers and toes.  Hey Heat, you're not going to win a Championship cause you got no heart!!!

Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:50 am

LeBron, CP3 come to Melo's defense

I know if i were a sports star, whether i was making $2000 or 2 million, i wouldnt want to play in a city that i did not like or feel happy in. People has to do what they feel is best for them, not what everyone else wants them to do. If someone cant understand that then they are mentally helpless. I dont see why the media makes so much hype over something like this. Let them make their decisions and be done with it. Theres probably alot more important news out there then free agency and trades. I support anyone who wantz to make a change to try and better themselves and be a happier person.

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