If you’re willing to believe Carmelo Anthony, we were all wrong about him as a player, person and business man.
His free agency decision was never about money. Instead, it was always about winning. Then again, take that info with a grain of salt, because he also believes that the New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls aren’t that different in terms of how close they are to winning an NBA Title.
That’s what the perennial all-star told ESPN.
“I want to win. I don’t care about the money,” Anthony told ESPN.com. “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.”
He also says that his FA decision essentially came down to Chicago VS New York. At the end of the day, he came to the conclusion that he’d have a better chance winning in New York with Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani as opposed to Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, apparently.
“It was overwhelming,” Anthony said. “It was stressful in the final days, one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”
Anthony said, though, it ultimately came down to New York and Chicago.
“I was flip-flopping,” he admitted. “It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That’s a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years.”
“It’s a matter of me believing in the organization, believing in Phil,” Anthony said. “I wanted to go somewhere where I can end my career.”
“I feel like we have a brand-new team,” Anthony said. “It’s a new beginning. It’s excited.”