Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: Does Melo Have The Guts To Sign With NY Knicks?

Janice AdamsContributor IJanuary 31, 2011

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a break in the action against the Miami Heat at the Pepsi Center on January 13, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Heat 130-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Carmelo Anthony says his ultimate dream is to play in New York.  The question is: Does he have the guts to do it?

So many players before Anthony have used New York as a bargaining chip. They all talk about playing at Madison Square Garden, but at the end of the day they change their minds and end up playing elsewhere.

New York fans have gotten their hopes up before, only to have them crushed shortly after.

Maybe the Nuggets are calling Carmelo’s bluff.  Will he have the guts to leave $65 million on the table to team up with fellow all-star Amar’e Stoudemire?

Contrary to what Denver may truly think; Carmelo does hold his destiny in his hands.  He can choose to sign the extension or not. 

The New Jersey Nets backed out from the Melodrama stating it was taking too long.  The toll that it was having on all the players involved was evident. 

The Denver Nuggets wanted what the Nets were offering, a first-round draft pick, plus the young, unproven Derek Favors, but yet they were still hesitant to pull the trigger on a deal that would have eventually landed Carmelo in Brooklyn. 

The uncertainty of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement seems to be a deciding factor in his decision, but if Carmelo truly wants to wear the color orange again, all he needs to do is have some patience.

Patience will land Carmelo Anthony back in Madison Square Garden, a place that he is familiar with from his days playing at Syracuse.

If winning is his ultimate goal, and not money, then playing out this season and teaming up with Stoudemire may be his best option to win a championship.

It's not easy playing in New York, and few players have been able to withstand the pressure on and off the court. 

Amar’e Stoudemire had the guts. 

He embraced the challenge to play in New York, and he has excelled there.  Carmelo has said all the right things up until now.  How badly does Carmelo want to be on the New York Knicks?  

Will he have the guts to come home?