Carmelo Anthony: Are the Denver Nuggets, NBA Ready for Another Decision?

Ariam FrezghiContributor IAugust 25, 2010

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I don't know about the NBA, but fans and analysts of the league are ready to see Melo leave Denver.

Due to the media and speculating rumors, Carmelo Anthony possibly has more options than Lebron had for his "Decision."

The pool of teams fighting for the forward reportedly looks like this: New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic and recent rumors showing interest in Houston Rockets.


When Will We Know Melo's "Decision"?

As long as he doesn't call it "The Decision," feed info to the media for months, tweet about his concerns, and accept ESPN's choice for airing it as a segment on its network, fans shouldn't focus too much about where Melo's going.


Well, Don't Fans Have the Right to Know?

I do believe that fans should be aware of updates about Denver, which will likely lose its star for the 2010-11 season. There have been numerous articles dedicated to debate on whether Carmelo should leave or stay.

Unfortunately, with the upcoming season around the corner (early October), Melo returning to Denver is highly unlikely.

From playing it low-key about his whereabouts, Melo is not making the same mistake as Lebron (though I'm not putting all publicity in his hands).

How Will the League Accept Melo's Decision? 

The same as Lebron's. It'll be a year of mixed emotions, criticism, media involvement with displeasure and excitement from fans—to a lesser degree.

How fearful and enraged can the NBA as a franchise which is composed of Hall-of-Famers, professional coaches and athletes, sold-out apparel and venues feel towards a well-known player as Carmelo Anthony?

"The league will understand that almost all, if not each player goes through a moment in his career as Melo is now" says 24-year-old Rob Scheinder, a follower of Melo's trade rumors.

I'd say the NBA is more than ready for Melo's decision, which is expected to be final by February 2011.


In Comparison to Lebron's "Decision" 

He won't receive half as much criticism.

Earlier in the month, former NBA "problem child" turned broadcaster Charles Barkley lashed out at Lebron James for his one-hour special on ESPN. "I heard about LeBron's little tweet today that he's remembering everybody who said anything bad about him... I thought that his little one-hour special was a punk move. I thought them dancing around on the stage was a punk move, and I thought he should've stayed in Cleveland", Barkley said on ESPN Radio 103.3 with Galloway and Company.

I'd say that his comment was a little harsh, but for someone at the level of Lebron James, criticism is expected. 


How Has Melo Kept Out of "The Decision" zone?

By focusing on this season and contributing to other festivities involving the league. 

Two weeks ago, Melo spent sometime in his birthplace—NYC—by coming out to support the World Nike Basketball Festival for Michael Jordan's Breakfast Club. The two-day event took place at Rucker Park where he joined Jordan alongside Dwayne Wade and possible teammate Chris Paul to give back to local communities.

Other news involving Carmelo is his partnership with Magic's Dwight Howard in "Amazing", where the two players will star in the NBA's first themed motion picture outside of North America. The NBA and Shanghai Film Group set the locations to occur in Beijing, Shanghai and New York City. 

The movie is scheduled to open next summer.