Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony says he won’t drop no-trade clause


forward , , denied about him perhaps being willing to drop his no-trade clause if a deal presented itself. He told reporters on Friday that trying to leave this sinking ship would make him weak, .

“I don’t really know what to say to that,” Anthony said during the morning shoot around as the Knicks prepared for Friday night’s game against the Celtics in Boston. “I guess it’s just what happens when you hit the wall of adversity and everything is a snowball effect. I guess it comes with the territory. Whether it’s fair or not, it comes with the territory. You know the cure to all of this is winning, and that’s what we have to do, win some basketball games. I’ve been here before, I’ve lost some games and had all types of things written about me, written about the team. It’s going to happen.”

“Come on, man. After all the work I did to get here and get back here, if I was to get up and want to leave now, that would just make me weak, make me have a weak mind. I’ve never been the person to try run from any adversity or anything like that. So I’m not going to pick today to do that.”

“I guess when you’re losing games everything gets questioned,” Anthony said. “That’s the state where we’re at as a team. That’s the state we’re at as individuals, or should I say myself. But it comes with the territory. It’s going to be for me to kind of defend myself, but at the end of the day, that’s not going to prove nothing, that’s not going to do anything.

“For me it’s just a matter of doing what I do best, and that’s performing on the basketball court and going out there and trying to win games. At the end of the day that’s all that matters, that’s all that will solve anything that’s going on, anything that’s being said — is winning basketball games. If we were winning we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about a story out there saying I want a trade or knelsea for Monaco only in January, but France Football says management are now seeking a buyer.Cesc’s €125,000-a-week contract is a drag on ASM’s wage-bill as they seek to rebuild after a disastrous 12 months.As such, the former Arsenal captain’s avee problems or this or that. We wouldn’t be sitting here talking about that if we were winning. So it comes with the territory. We have to deal with it. I have to deal with it. I accept it. That doesn’t make it right, but I accept it.”

The Knicks are 4-20. They’re bad on both ends, but the defr Milan coach Antonio Conte wants his team to be top of the table when they break-up for the Christmas recess.Inter meet AS Roma on Friday night.“We will try to get to Christmas in the best possible state,” Conte said on Thursday. “After the breaense is truly awful. There are , which more and more looks like a needlessly complicated system in today’s . Realistically, if Anthony was presented with the option to go somewhere else — somewhere he could win — then he would have to consider it. To not to do would be crazy. That said, there’s just no way Anthony would want to be seen as someone who’s lookel Lucassen admits he had to turn down an assistant’s role with caretaker manager Freddie Ljungberg earlier this season.When Arsenal sacked Unai Emery last November and Freddie Ljungberg was brought interim manager, the Swede wanted Lucassen to be hiing to flee. He essentially forced the Denver Nuggets to move him to New York in 2011, and he signed a $124 million deal to stay in July. He’s not going to say he wants out, and obviously his preference would be for the team to turn it around.

The more interesting question is what Knicks president Phil Jackson thinks about Anthony. He was willing to pay him like a franchise player, but he’s repeatedly made public comments about wanting him to play a more complete game. Might Jackson want to see what he could get for the star on the trade market? Perhaps this story means a team or two will make a call. 

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