Carmelo Anthony Needs To Stop Talking About His Upcoming Free Agency Immediately
For the next 10 months or so, LeBron James is going to have to answer, like, 6,725,319,026 questions about the summer of 2014 and how he’s going to approach his upcoming free agency. The 2013-14 NBA season hasn’t even started yet and, already, LeBron sounds tired of it. So with that in mind, why in the world is Carmelo Anthony actually inviting the media to grill him about the possibility of him becoming a free agent next summer?! He ducked questions about it over the summer when rumors started swirling about the possibility of him going to the Los Angeles Lakers to play with Kobe Bryant next year. But he opened a huge can of worms earlier this week when, for whatever reason, he brought the topic to light again by talking about free agency.
“It’s definitely an opportunity that I’m willing to explore and experience,” he said. “That not whatsoever means that I’m not coming back to New York or I don’t want to be here in New York. So I don’t want nobody to get that impression.”
Unfortunately, they did. Because Anthony brought up the fact that he might explore what free agency has to offer, everyone is already asking him about it, and they’re going to continue to ask him about it this season. For the entire year, he’s going to be subjected to questions about him becoming a free agent. It’s one of the reasons his New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is already asking him to stay focused on the season and not free agency right now.
“At this point, he’s got to worry about this season and this season only,” he said, “because that’s what’s staring him in the face.”
Woodson is right. The absolute last thing Anthony should be thinking about right now is free agency. So he needs to talk to reporters immediately and tell them that he will not discuss free agency at all this season and that he’s only going to focus on the task at hand, which is trying to lead the Knicks to an NBA title. Otherwise, all they’re going to want to talk about is free agency, and him and his teammates are going to suffer as a result of it.
So please, Carmelo, make the free agency chatter stop. And make it stop now. Or else, you’re in for a really, really long season.