‘I never wanted to leave’
Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets reached the Western Conference Finals in 2009, but less than two years later, he was forced to quit in the middle of the season to play for the New York Knicks.
So, how can things develop so fast? Well, according to Anthony, if he wants to continue to win, Denver’s management gives him no choice but to leave.
“Contrary to everyone’s opinion, I never wanted to leave Denver,” Anthony Say in all the smoke“I never told people…but it was like they carried me on the wall.
“We participated in the Western Conference Finals in 2009. What should you do? You should build on this. You should add parts, plug and play, and don’t mess up the core.
“They got rid of Dantai Jones. In that team, Dantai was the key player. They were like,’We won’t re-sign Chauncey. We are about to trade JR’ K-Mart-the contract expires and the work stoppage is about to advent?
“So, I am not going to rebuild. After we enter the Western Conference Finals, I will not rebuild. We should build, not rebuild. I went to them. I thought, “I don’t want to go, but if you want to rebuild, I’m Time to go somewhere else. “
In the end, after months of drama and trade speculation in the 2010-11 season, Anthony and Chauncey Billups were traded to the Knicks. In return, Denver got Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, a 2014 first-round pick and a 2016 Draft exchange.
Although Anthony has always wanted to continue to pursue the championship with his veteran team, the Nuggets management obviously believes that the team cannot win the championship and hopes to rebuild for the future. Both views are understandable, but in the end it is this fundamental difference in choice that makes the partnership between Melon and Nuggets untenable.
Interestingly, Anthony’s trade gave the Nuggets new life at the time.
Denver won 57 games in the 2012-13 season, led by Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala and Kenneth Farid and former Knicks Gallinari and Chandler.
However, it wasn’t until the era of Nikola Jokic-Jamaal Murray that the Nuggets finally returned to the Western Conference Finals, where they were defeated by the Lakers again, just like in 2009 (and 1985) Same.
Now that so many years have passed, if Anthony beat Denver in the Western Conference Finals as a member of the Lakers, he might bring it back in a strange way.
This post is written by Nick Jungfer