Mixed Messages??

By Jerald L. Hoover, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: December 15, 2010

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NEW YORK (BASN) — Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony came to town with his team looking for a win.

But what he got was a 129-125 loss to a new and improved New York Knicks team. The game — which was a Sunday afternoon start — was as exciting as a playoff game.

The two mega superstars, Melo and the Knicks stud Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t disappoint. Melo finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds while Stoudemire finished with 30 points.

Said Carmelo, “I mean if we could have got this one then it would be alright. You don’t want to go 1-3 on the road.” The Knicks had suffered a 2-point loss which preceded their current and glorious road games winning streak.

The fans of New York showed Melo the love by a rousing ovation before tip off and he was no doubt appreciative. But, unlike the LeBron chase, there wasn’t any fans wearing made up, “Carmelo Anthony” jerseys.

There was a sentiment of wanting Melo to be a Knick but not to the insanity that was LeBron. Melo was asked if he was aware of any fan sentiment. “I wasn’t thinking about that,” Melo responded.

“I was too in tuned into the game, trying to win.”

That mission obviously wasn’t accomplished, but that wasn’t lost on the possible future Knick, “It is a lot different. The fans…I’m pretty sure they are excited about what is going on out there on the court.

Just the whole team is playing great. When we played them in Denver the first time…now they look like a totally different team.”

Rumor circulated that Carmelo would only sign a contract extension with the Knicks. He helped fuel the fire when after the game in the locker-room a reporter had asked if Denver would send him to a destination that he didn’t want to go to and his response was, “No, I don’t think that would happen.”

Then he was also asked about the contract and he said, “That’s the first thing that I would take care of,” and that is signing the extension.

Of course he had to back track that report not wanting to alienate Denver fans the way LeBron did with Cleveland. But the signs do point to Melo not wanting the New Jersey Nets or Chicago Bulls.

Knicks fans will take that in a heartbeat, but at what cost? Those young guys are playing really well and are very exciting.