NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Each day brings a new story about Carmelo Anthony. Will he go to New Jersey, New York or maybe even stay in Denver? It’s kind of funny, but amid all the trade talk, Anthony’s Nuggets are playing extremely well.
On Tuesday night, Anthony scored 23 points in a 120-109 win over the Washington Wizards.
‘Melo said that the team really hasn’t had problems concentrating.
“It took for me one day to get everybody together and let them know that despite everything that’s going on, I’m still here,” Anthony said. “I’m still going to go out there and give my all — and I would like that in return.”
The trading deadline is Feb. 24, and Anthony isn’t sure where he’ll go.
“I don’t know. I can’t look that far ahead. I can’t look into February,” Anthony said.
“Regardless of what’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. If I decide to stay, if they decide to trade me, something is going to happen. Until then, the only thing I can do is to continue to go out and give my all on the court.”
The Nuggets’ outspoken coach doesn’t think it’s a sure thing that the superstar he’s helped nurture is a goner.
“I’ve always believed there was a chance we’d have ‘Melo for the whole year, and that was a bigger chance than most people were saying, and that’s what we’ve got to work through,” George Karl said.
With Anthony still with Denver for now, he admits he’s getting tired of the constant chatter.
“I never thought it would get like this,” Anthony said. “I don’t want to say it’s tough, but it is because I’m the one who has to go out there and play my game.”
Anthony probably isn’t looking forward to the Jan. 31 visit to the Garden State, where he’ll have to answer lots more questions about the scuttled trade to the Nets. New Jersey owner Mikhail Prokhorov called off talks on a blockbuster three-team trade that would have sent Anthony and Billups to New Jersey.
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