Carmelo Anthony Says “Loyalty Has Come Back to Bite Me in the Ass”

Carmelo Anthony's loyalty to the New York Knicks may ultimately cost him a shot at an NBA title, says the All-Star forward.

Here’s some breaking news for you guys: the Knicks suck. Although the team’s All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony is leading his team in points, rebounds, and assists, the Knicks are still on the outside looking in at the playoff race and do not have a first-round pick in this year’s upcoming and seemingly loaded 2016 NBA Draft.

The Knicks know that they have to make a big free-agent splash this summer if they have any hopes of competing for a championship while Melo is still in his prime, but that time is almost definitely running out. “I got hope in myself. I do have to believe in the process,” Anthony said to Yahoo! when asked why he believes that the franchise can turn it around. I don’t want to say this was all part of the plan coming back [to New York]. This is a big, big summer.”

Anthony, who has a no-trade clause in his contract, hinted that his loyalty may be his downfall when it comes to trying to bring the Big Apple back to prominence. “I guess I have all the power. If I really wanted to get out of this situation I could have waived that no-trade clause,” said Anthony. “But I’ve stuck with it and I’m still sticking with it. I don’t know, maybe my loyalty has come back to bite me in the ass. As of right now, I am sticking to it.”

Some big free-agent targets for the Knicks include the likes of Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo and Mike Conley. If the Knicks can’t hit a home run with one of those guys, it is quite possible next season could be Anthony’s final in a Knick uniform.

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