With the Melocalypse about to come to an end (hopefully) Carmelo Anthony is finally starting to give greater insight into his thinking as to why he’s wanting out of the Denver Nuggets organization.



Before we get started this morning, I'd like to voice my displeasure at Carmelo Anthony for being distracted in practice. I have three words for you Melo…suck it up. I understand feeling the pressure, but you are THIS far in to the situation and you can't get away with slacking and being "distracted" in practice. Sunday against the Spurs was one of the few nights where I believe you have hurt the team this season. Your shot was way off, and you weren't even making people better to compensate. This will NOT do as Nuggets fans. If you are here play with heart and 100% otherwise allies such as myself will begin to fall by the wayside. You can see the finish line Carmelo, you are almost there. Thank you for 7 1/2 great years…don't mess it up by being obstinate this far in to the game.

Rant over.

Melo is finally dropping hints as to why he is leaving the Nuggets. At this point who can believe whom right? Melo's perception of the situation may be different from the way the organization sees things, It is interesting to see how this is playing out now that we are reaching some sort of conclusion.


Money, wins, family, looming lockout — 'Melo is weighing it all – Ian Thomsen, SI.com
In an interesting interview with Ian Thomsen (obviously done prior to Melo's statements after the San Antonio Game) Melo drops some hints as to his motivation for leaving:

When I pressed him about moving to New York — it is known that he wants to play for the Knicks, while the Nets [who are moving to Brooklyn in 2012] are most likely to complete a trade for him — he hinted at other issues, as well. “Right now it’s hard for me to explain my reasoning behind the madness,” he said with a smile. “But it’s a lot of things that come into play. Whether it’s the future of the organization or where they’re headed or where they’re trying to go, or whether it’s contractual stuff with players and guys that are up [to be free agents] at the same time. People don’t really know that type of stuff. They just think that I’m being stubborn and I just want to get up and leave — just throw away eight years of my life.”

Melo: LeBron handled exit poorly – Ian Thomsen, SI.com
In another insight as to how this Melocalypse has been handled, Melo indicates that his friend LeBron handled his exit from Cleveland poorly and Melo wanted to avoid that:

"I would never go about it the way LeBron did it," the Denver Nuggets' three-time All-Star forward told Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Ian Thomsen in an exclusive interview for a story in the Jan. 24 issue of the magazine, which will be available on newsstands Wednesday.

"If he could do it all over again, he wouldn't do it that way — he would do it a totally different way, I can guarantee you that," added Anthony, who said he talks to James and fellow NBA stars Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade regularly.

Krieger: Carmelo Anthony deal is complicated, both ways – Dave Krieger, Denver Post
Dave Krieger talks about, in parallel to Carmelo’s quote from the Ian Thomsen article in SI, how Melo’s mistrust of the organization, and the organizations desire to get Carmelo signed are complicating matters.
‘Melo mania a lot of noise about a one dimensional player – Shaun Powell, NBA.com
Shaun Powell of NBA.com talks about this Melocalypse is needless because Melo is one dimensional.
Now or Never for Carmelo Anthony Trade – Larry Coon, ESPN.com
Larry Coon from ESPN.com dispels the notion that Carmelo Anthony can be traded after the season because expiring contracts can’t be moved after the trade deadline.
Nuggets slosh through practice; Melo doesn’t speak – Chris Dempsey, Denver Post
George Karl expresses his displeasure about the Nuggets haphazard practice on Tuesday. Melo skips out on media session.


George Karl: Carmelo Anthony ‘Distracted’, Could affect Playing Time – Chris Tomasson, Fanhouse
Our friend Chris Tomasson talks to George Karl about Melo being distracted at practice, and reiterates Melo want’s New York.


Have a fantastic morning everyone!