Following Friday's 110-107 win over the Charlotte Hornets, New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony said a player must be "cut from a different cloth" in order to survive while playing for a storied franchise in the United States' largest media market.
Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com passed along Anthony's comments about the drama. The 32-year-old forward has been the focus of intense trade speculation in recent days, and the fans at Madison Square Garden booed him during Friday's game. Anthony finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
"You've got to deal with that, even though I try not to read it, and everywhere you go, even if you don't hear about it, somebody is telling you about it, somebody is saying something," Anthony said. "It can be mentally draining, mentally fatiguing."
The Syracuse product joined the Knicks in 2011 after spending the first eight years of his career with the Denver Nuggets. While Anthony won a scoring title in 2012-13 and has been an All-Star Game stalwart during his tenure, the team hasn't enjoyed much overall success. That leads to a lot of outside noise.
"You've got to be cut from a different cloth to take this day in and day out and to deal with this all day long every day," Anthony said. "You've got to take the good with the bad. I don't know how I do it, but I do it."
He's been linked to numerous franchises in the rumor mill as of late with the Feb. 23 trade deadline now less than a month away.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix of The Vertical listed the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers among the teams New York has reached out to about a deal. The report pointed out Knicks president Phil Jackson is "determined" to move the team's leading scorer.
How the situation will play out remains up in the air, though. Anthony possesses a full no-trade clause in his contract, which means he's in control of his own fate.
A lot could depend on how motivated the three-time Olympic gold medalist is to remove himself from his "mentally draining" surroundings.