Carmelo Anthony Clears the Air about His So-Called 'Trade Demand'

Mick AkersAnalyst IMarch 14, 2012

courtesy of ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter
courtesy of ESPN's SportsCenter Twitter

With rumors about New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony wanting to be shipped out of the Big Apple swirling over the past 24 hours, Melo did what all sports stars should do when rumors about them start, come out and address them right away.

Melo did just that talking to ESPN's SportsCenter stating:

I don't know where that foolishness came from, so let's put a cap on that and make that the last time I hear about that.

This is a great move in my opinion, as most stars—i.e. Dwight Howard and LeBron James—just let rumors build and creates restlessness among the fans.

The New York Post made their front-page story about Melo wanting a trade, citing sources claiming that he told his friends he wanted out of New York as he felt that the Knicks organization didn't trust him..

This is a classic case of sources not coming to fruition, and the delicateness of major new outlets citing anonymous sources for major news stories.

The best indicator of where Carmelo is at will be how he performs. If he is disinterested in being with the Knicks, his performance on the court will show it.

Anthony has remained around his career averages so far this season, so his play has yet to suggest any ill will towards his current team.