Carmelo Anthony for Kobe Bryant: Will The Asinine Melo Drama Ever End?

Rich FernandesCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2011

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 13:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets takes a free throw 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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No. 1 option LeBron James has won two MVPs with a far worse supporting cast than that of Carmelo Anthony’s Nuggets. 

No. 1 option Dwyane Wade has won a championship with a far worse supporting cast than that of Melo’s Nuggets.

So the question begs to be asked: What exactly has Melo won?

Absolutely nothing yet. 

The Denver Nuggets are a top-10 team, and it’s not all because of Carmelo Anthony—there are legitimate players on that team. 

The fact of the matter is that the Melo trade is getting a bit long in the tooth, and Nuggets fans are eager to have this ingrate shipped out of town on the next caboose.  They have already taken the "screw you" attitude towards Melo, as their original feelings of trepidation from losing their star player have been replaced with irreversible derision. 

Melo is one of the best scorers in the league but an innocuous defender in every sense of the word.  He is all too often M.I.A. on defense, and sometimes also on offense.

He is very talented but just plain lazy, and because bad habits die hard, he won’t be bringing any teams to the Promised Land, and that includes the Knicks. In fact, Melo is simply overrated and overpaid.

The talented Melo chooses when he wants to play. He doesn’t bring his "A" game every night because he is, for all intents and purposes, a little too mellow. If Melo could focus like Kobe Bryant, he would be dangerous as hell and he would have a championship by now. 

You can see the lack of intensity in Melo’s face on an almost nightly basis, and it’s been that way year after year.

If he plays a game against the Lakers, the man cares and brings his A game, but if he plays against the Blazers, the man is busy dreaming about his wife in La La land. 

Sure, Melo wants a championship, but he doesn’t want to put the work in to get it, and he thinks that playing musical chairs with the right team will bring him a championship.  He stretches any reasonable definition of the word "apathy". 

All the Melo trade rumors and gossip and speculation have become extremely annoying.  Melo has turned himself into the ungrateful house guest who just won’t leave, and the funny thing is, his terms for leaving are so ridiculous that he’s making a trade extremely difficult to occur in the first place. 

The guy is blocking his own trade demands with a filibuster that reflects his unbridled lunacy. Where is the compromise? 

The prima donna has stated to the Nuggets that he will not sign a contract extension with any other team except for the Knicks. Yet the rebuilding New Jersey Nets are foolishly trying to put together a multi-team player trade for him, something that in the end, Melo will never agree to. He should at least open his mouth now and say so, right?

The Knicks want him, but not at the cost of imploding their franchise, which is coming along rather nicely, and ditto for the Lakers and Chicago, the two outside shots Melo may consider. Here’s hoping for the sake of poor Denver Nuggets fans that the culmination of all these trade talks has Melo going to Turkey for Allen Iverson.

Now that would be a euphoric moment.


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