If Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony had his way, he would have never dumped the Nuggets for the New York Knicks back in 2011.
The 10-time All-Star disclosed during an interview on Showtime’s "All The Smoke" podcast via best high roller casinos, "Contrary to what anybody and everyone believe, I never wanted to leave Denver,".
"I never told people that. But I never wanted to leave Denver. But it’s like they put my back against the wall. We go to the Western Conference Finals in 09. What are you supposed to do? You’re supposed to build on that. You’re supposed to add pieces, plug and play, don’t miss the core up."
The Denver Nuggets decided to trade Dahntay Jones after the 2009 campaign in a transfer move that may have been the final straw for Melo. He demanded a trade the following season.
Anthony said, "They got rid of Dahntay Jones,"
"On that team, Dahntay was a key piece on that team. Get rid of Dahntay Jones. They’re like, ‘We ain’t re-signing Chauncey [Billups]. We’re about to trade J.R. [Smith].’ K-Mart (Kenyon Martin) – contracts are up, and the lockout’s coming?
"So, I’m not about to rebuild. I’m not going to rebuild after we did go to the Western Conference Finals. We’re supposed to be building, not rebuilding. And I went to them. I’m like, ‘I don’t want to go, but if y’all going to rebuild, it’s time for me to go somewhere else.’"
The blockbuster trade in February 2011 that sent Anthony to New York Knicks included Denver Nugget colleagues Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams, and Renaldo Balkman joining him at the Knicks in exchange for Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, Timofey Mozgov, Danilo Gallinari, a first-round draft pick of 2014, along with two future picks in the second round and added cash. The New York Knicks also sent Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to the Timberwolves to clear further cap space with top online casinos keeping a watchful eye on the team.
Melo has disclosed that the defeat back in the 2009 Western Conference Finals to eventual winners LA Lakers team still hurt him all these years ever since. In an Instagram Live session last year, Melo told Dwyane Wade that he feels that the Nuggets squad, including Nene, Smith, Martin, and Billups, should have taken the NBA title.
Instead, we continue to wonder what if. Melo played for the NY Knicks for seven campaigns before being sold to the Thunder back in 2014 for Doug McDermott and Enes Kanter.
Anthony and the NY Knicks won just one playoff series during his time in the Big Apple. Despite leading the NBA in scoring and the squad going 54-28 points during his 2012-2013 campaign, the side lost the Semifinal of the NBA Eastern Conference Indiana Pacers in six nights.
The ex-supporters favorite at the Mecca joined the Los Angeles Lakers on the 6th of August. Now entering his 19th year in the NBA, Anthony will have an opportunity to win his first NBA title with the team he felt he should have defeated back in 2009.