Knicks news: Carmelo Anthony admits losing ‘joy’ for the game of basketball
It has been a rough few years for superstar forward Carmelo Anthony. The New York Knicks just can’t seem to get it together, and Anthony has been the face of the franchise throughout all of the dysfunction in New York.
At this point, Anthony seems to simply be waiting until the Knicks pull the trigger on a trade to send him to the Houston Rockets. Carmelo has been rumored to be willing to waive his no-trade clause to end up alongside Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston, but no deal has come to fruition.
Throughout the process of all the negative things that have gone on in New York surrounding the Knicks as of late, Anthony has admittedly lost love for the game. Carmelo recently spoke about his situation and the toll it has taken in an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, transcription via Steve DelVecchio of Larry Brown Sports.
“For me, at this point, it’s all about just winning a championship and having fun playing the game of basketball again — finding that motivation and that passion or keeping that motivation and that passion,” Anthony said. “At the end of the day when you’re not enjoying the game, everything else is just 10 times worse. I just want to get back to enjoying the game of basketball. … I’ve lost my joy for it a little bit due to everything that’s been surrounding me.”
All signs point to the Knicks eventually coming to terms on a blockbuster trade to send Anthony to the Rockets. It may be only a matter of time before the deal happens, but there seems to be no sense of urgency with new general manager Scott Perry taking his time in his new role in New York.
Another aspect that may be holding up trade talks with the Rockets is the recent availability of superstar point guard Kyrie Irving. The one-time NBA champion wants to be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers and is rumored to be more than willing to land with the Knicks.
Needless to say, the process is ongoing in New York with no telling what the outcome will be regarding the immediate futures of Anthony and Irving.