Carmelo Anthony Drops Strongest Hint Yet That He Won't Leave NY Knicks in 2014

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2013

Either Carmelo Anthony is a fan of grammatical trickery, or he's really not ready to move on from the New York Knicks just yet.

He could join a potentially stacked free-agent class next summer by opting out of the $23.3 million owed to him for the 2014-15 season. And as the reigning scoring champion, he'd have no shortage of potential suitors.

But on Tuesday, he gave his strongest hint yet that he has no plans to leave the Big Apple.

During an interview with Bloomberg Television's Market Markers, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday, Anthony said, "I'm not going nowhere."

There's not a lot of wiggle room there. 

But I wouldn't go into panic mode just yet, Los Angeles Lakers fans. Notice Anthony's choice to go with the double-negative "not going nowhere." You don't have to sit through too many English classes to learn that two negatives equal a positive, meaning he technically said that he is going somewhere, 

So was this a Freudian slip suggesting more 'Melodrama next summer or just a simple mistake made while pledging his allegiance to the Empire State?

Without having a Being John Malkovich type of key to his mind, we're left relying on another gift from our English teachers: context clues.

Anthony later talked about embracing the idea of leading the Knicks back to basketball relevance, something that both drove his dogged determination to get to the city and still fuels his hoops fire:

That is one of the reasons why I wanted to come here to New York, just so I could take on those pressures and those challenges. A lot of people do not like to deal with the pressure. A lot of people do not know how to deal with the challenges they face. To me, it is everyday life.

Anthony's on his way toward realizing that goal. In two-plus seasons, he's helped the Knicks punch three straight playoff tickets. 

With nothing more than one postseason series victory to show for his efforts, though, there's still plenty of work to be done. And it sounds like he plans to see that challenge through to the end.

As long as you're willing to believe that what he really said on Tuesday wasn't the same as what he technically said, that is.