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Melo: Actual 'ultimate dream' is winning a title

Posted on: January 15, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2011 8:39 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Carmelo Anthony caught some attention when he said recently that playing in New York is his "ultimate dream." He said a lot of other stuff in that inteview too, but the way things work is that line gets latched on to and everyone runs wild with it.

Speaking with the Denver Post, Carmelo tried to sort of clarify what he meant. And elaborated -- rather candidly too -- what his mindset has been through all of this and why he hasn't signed an extension to stay in Denver.
  “I got to feel like I have a chance of reaching my ultimate goal of a championship. Going to a bigger market is cool, but if I feel like I have a chance of winning a championship here in Denver in the next five years, then I’d sign the extension ...

“It’s just uncertainty in the future of the (Nuggets) organization,” said Anthony, who is currently second in the Western Conference All-Star voting for forwards. “A lot of things come in to play – contracts and not knowing what’s going to happen in the future. I’m going into my ninth season. I don’t have time to waste. I want to see the light at the end of the tunnel in my future, and that light is a championship.”
I think we can take Carmelo at his word there. I absolutely believe he wants to win a championship first and foremost. But he also wants to win it where he wants. If really his only goal was to win a championship and it didn't matter where , he'd be looking somewhere other than New York or New Jersey, two teams that still need some help before they're in contending form. Heck, Denver probably has better championship potential than those two places right now.

Melo was asked about the possibility of Chauncey Billups accompanying him wherever he's traded.
“Having Chauncey would help my chances (in winning a championship),” Melo said. “… Me and Chauncey, we talk about bringing a championship (to Denver). I don’t just go out there to just play basketball, just to do it. Winning is on my mind. I want to see that parade go down Colfax and Speer. That was my dream. If I feel like I can’t do that here, then I don’t think this is the right thing to do.”
Interesting choice of words there. That WAS my dream. Not that IS my dream. Maybe there's something to read into there, maybe not.
“We’ve had multiple division titles, went to the Western conference Finals, never missed a playoffs – there’s been a lot of success. People live in the now, though. …

“My ultimate goal at the end of the day is to win a championship – whether I feel I can do that here or go somewhere else. At the end of the day, you have to make that decision of what’s best for you and your career. Right now, whatever decision I make will be what’s best for me. … Still, I have a chance to win a championship and make less money, I don’t have a problem with that.”

It really is the new way of thinking for NBA stars. Instead of building that championship team around you, it's easier to go out and find it. To go out and chase down a roster where it can happen NOW, not later.

And you know what? There's nothing wrong with it. People are going to blame Carmelo for being selfish and a jerk and for pulling a LeBron here, but he's right about something. This is his career. This is his life. He gets to do what he wants. He gets to make these decisions. Fans live on emotion and have the right to get mad at players when they don't live up to expectation or do what they want, but the players have every right to make their choices too.

It's very possible that tonight's game could be Carmelo's last in Denver. The Nuggets play the Cavs tonight, then travel to San Antonio Sunday and aren't back home until Wednesday against Oklahoma City. By then, Carmelo will still be chasing that championship. It just might be in another uniform.


Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:07 am

Melo: Actual 'ultimate dream' is winning a title

lumping carmelo in with lebron as guys who never won a championship is not really true.  carmelo in his one year at syracuse took that team on his back and won a title.  winning an ncaa title isnt an nba championship but he literally carried that team to that title.  roger mason on the knicks has two championship rings,  he did contribute, made some big shots but the whole idea that a title is the only thing that defines these players is stupid.  All those 12th men on the spurs, lakers, celtics etc with all those rings, probably feel good but when you lead your team to a title its a little different. As for Melo unfortunatley it doesnt appear as if hes going to end up on a title winner unless he doesnt make 63 million dollars a priority and that would be really stupid.  No team he goes to is a guarantee, the only guanrantee is that if you are able to obtain 63 million for playing basketball,  you take your money and then you go and do the best you can wherever you end up.   Thats what every single person who reads these articles would do.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 9:43 pm

Melo: Actual 'ultimate dream' is winning a title

Melo does not bring it every night that is why his Nuggets do not win.  Melo is undoubtedly the star of the team but his lack of effort night in and night out makes the  Nuggets less than what they could be.  The Nuggets got a championship team.  Now its just a matter of beating harder on the door, putting out more effort in the playoffs, diving for loose balls, outhustling the other team.  No Melo wants to join more talent to win and take the easy way out.  Melo would be a nice addition to any team for sure but don't count on him to be a leader.  He can score but he is not dependable to play defense, he is not dependable to hit the boards, and he is not dependable when the chips are down.  I would rather have Darko Milicic that wants to play and he doesn't have  nearly the talent of Melo.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2011 9:38 pm

Melo: Actual 'ultimate dream' is winning a title

Pure and simple Melo and Lebron are pu$$ies.  In the biggest sense of the words they are mama boy little princesses.  Neither one of them is a champion.  Neither one of them should ever be considered one of the greatest because to be one of the best you have to be up for the challenge of being able to beat the best.  In the case of these two little girls they both have to find others to play with in order to win a championship.  I would consider Patrick Ewing a greater champion ever than these two,  Reggie Miller was a greater champion ever than Lebron or Melo will ever be.  Both had something that neither of the two NBA girlscouts will ever have and that is balls.  Miller and Ewing never went crying to join another team in their prime or past their prime.  Both always wanted to rise to the challenge and it just didn't happen but neither one of them backed down like men.  Meanwhile Melo and Lebron should size themselves up for their career skirts cause not only are neither one of them champions but when it comes to competition neither one of them are men.

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2011 8:59 pm

Melo: Actual 'ultimate dream' is winning a title

melo is one hell of an addition to any team in the league. He gets the easiest shots in half court offense of practically anyone in the league. He plays defense and rebounds well. And I think he has proven (to some degree) his ability to perform under pressure and hit big shots in a championship forum in his one and only year in college. I really can't think of another one and done at the college level that has led a team to a title.

That said, the NBA is different. And I agree that going to a team with veteran leadership would be his quickest ticket to a title. Why not just join the Lakers? I love Ron and Lamar but I'd package them for a Melo in a heartbeat. With Kobe and Phil leading the way Melo would fit in with ease.

Just kidding.

I personally think that Melo in a Knickerbocker uniform is plain scary. Stoudemire down low, Felton running the show, with Melo handling the mid range shots. Scary if it clicks.

Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2011 7:30 pm

Melo: Actual 'ultimate dream' is winning a title

I don't doubt Melo wants to win a Championship, but I do doubt whether he knows how to do it.  He's never been the type of leader to demand accountability of other players.  Instead, he tends to 'follow' the lead of whomever the dominant personality of the team is.  When Iverson was in town, Melo took after his me-first, who cares about defense attitude.  When Billups came to town, suddenly defense and rebounding were priorities for Melo.  But, then Billups decided it was better if he deferred to Melo in the leadership department, and you saw what happened last year...another flameout. 

If Melo really wants a Championship, he needs to go somewhere with strong, veteran leadership that knows what needs to be done.  He can then just fit in, do what they expect him to do, and get a ring.  If he has to make it happen, it isn't happening.

Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2011 4:58 pm

Melo: Actual 'ultimate dream' is winning a title

I do applaud him for saying he wants to do what is best for his career, and not the generic "what's best for me and my family."

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