Poor Carmelo Anthony. He got what he wished for last season and was traded by the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks. Ungodly gobs of money and recognition was awaiting the Baltimore native's arrival in New York. But something awkward happened on his way to Gotham. The team is playing uninteresting, uninspired basketball.
He's probably feeling a little wave of regret. The Knicks, who were to become a top-tier NBA team by his addition, have been nothing more than middle tier mediocre this disappointing season. The Knicks recently lost a game against the Nuggets, his former team. In another recent game, Mr. Anthony scored a whopping total of one point. Big Money, Single Digit.
The Nuggets, with a roster of devoid of superstars but nonetheless loads of talent, are currently in second place in their division, looking very much like they will be playoff-bound at the end of this shortened season. The Knicks, meanwhile, are four games under .500 as of this writing. It won't be long until the shark-like New York press will relentlessly encircle him and choose him as a handy scapegoat if their losing ways continue.
There is a somewhat sickening trend forming in the NBA, where the cream of the crop talent dictate to their organizations which teams they want to be dealt to. (For laughs, we can call it the South Beach Syndrome, thanks to the man who started this sorry trend, King LeBron James). I wonder if Mr. Anthony is already beginning to think his choice of New York is not a good fit.
The truth is that no man is above the sport he plays, despite how gifted and immensely talented that person may be. When the individual puts himself on a pedestal above the sport and his peers, it will only be followed by resentment by many and tremendous pressure to win a championship (or multiple championships). Mr. James has already shown some remorse for snubbing the Cleveland Cavaliers and joining the Heat before last season. For his actions, he is a despised figure in Cleveland. I, for one, would be quite content if Mr. James never wins a single NBA championship. I feel there are many others, who want to keep a certain order of things in the sporting world intact, who would agree with me.
As for Mr. Anthony, how could one feel sorry for his situation, one he wanted so badly a year ago? If there's just money and bling, but no championship ring, I'm afraid he will want to apply his trade somewhere other than New York. To Mr. Anthony, I have a few words of advice: Deal with it.
Patrick R. Lynch, Nottingham