What to do with Carmelo Anthony has been the topic of conversation this week. It seems that everyone but Carmelo wants out of New York and that was very prevalent during their game last night against the Charlotte Hornets.
The booing and chants of “trade Carmelo” were the utmost form of disrespect. I understand things may have been rocky and he hasn’t brought a championship to New York but for them to treat him in that manner was ridiculous in my eyes. And what stood out to me, even more, is what happened in the final minutes of the game. Anthony hit a mid-range jumper to seal the win for the New York Knicks and the fans proceeded to cheer with joy.
To demand a guy to be traded and then cheer for him when he hits the go-ahead bucket is bizarre. And I’m here to say Knicks fans, you can’t have it both ways. Either you boo him or you support him; make up your mind!
Carmelo Anthony has been truly loyal to New York and maybe too loyal. He hasn’t brought them a championship but he has busted his behind on a nightly basis to come up with wins. The fans of Madison Square Garden showed that they’re unappreciative and we shouldn’t be surprised. They did the same thing to Patrick Ewing, who is one of the most beloved Knicks of all time., and they also booed Kristaps Porzingis on draft night and now they can’t get enough of the kid. The fans of New York don’t appreciate Carmelo and one thing that I was always taught was to go where you are appreciated.
One aspect that I don’t think Knicks fans realize is that if Carmelo Anthony leaves, things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. They’re barely winning now but without Anthony on this team, their chances of winning are going to be even less for quite some time. It’s okay to not like a player and it’s also okay to even want him gone, but to chant for their departure is out of line in my eyes, especially when you proceed to cheer for him when he makes a winning play.