HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — For Nuggets fans wondering what it might take to keep Carmelo Anthony in mile-high blue, now might be the time to start worrying.
The way he spoke to my main man Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports after Wednesday’s season-opening win over Utah, there doesn’t appear to be much George Karl and the Nuggets can do to change Anthony’s mind about the All-Star wanting a change a scenery.
In his strongest statements to date on the subject, Anthony seems resigned to the fact that these are some of his final days in Denver:
Anthony actually considers these Nuggets more talented than the team he helped take to the 2009 Western Conference finals. But even that doesn’t seem enough to convince him to stay, despite the best intentions of Karl, Nuggets president Josh Kroenke and new vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri.
“They want to sit down and talk, but my thing is it’s way beyond this year,” Anthony told Yahoo! Sports after scoring a team-high 23 points in the Nuggets’ victory. ”It ain’t got nothing to do with the new GM, Josh, the players. For me, I feel it’s a time for change.
“If I do nothing now, I’m never going to do anything. I feel like my time is now to make a decision if I want to leave or if I want to stay.”
You have to wonder how much longer this will go on.
The Nuggets clearly didn’t let the drama bother them on opening night. But it’s hard to imagine anyone sending out a stronger signal about wanting to be moved than what Anthony did here.
It’ll be sad to see them split. Denver is the only NBA home Anthony has known. The franchise was lost in the ether before he arrived and has been a steady playoff force since he’s come into his own.
Still, it’s hard to ignore his words.