It looks like Carmelo Anthony is on the verge of re-upping with the New York Knicks for the next five seasons on a max deal that could pay him up to $129 million. Good for Anthony. He is clearly trying to maximize his worth during his prime years.
Unfortunately, that seems to be the only priority for Anthony. He talked during the offseason about wanting to win, building a championship legacy, but in the end he spurned legitimate contenders like the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls to go back to a squad that is nowhere near ready to contend, even in a weak Eastern Conference.
Some guys prioritize winning over everything else. Even Lebron James took a pay cut to play with the Miami Heat a few years ago and, until this upcoming season, was never the highest-paid player on his team, believe it or not. Melo is the antithesis of this. He loves marketing his brand. He loves the media circus that is New York. Frankly, he loves attention.
It seems winning gets lost in all this. Anthony has never even made it to a Conference Finals in his career. I don’t bank on him doing it in these next five years in New York either, unless they make major roster upgrades in the months and years to come.
Anthony got paid on this day. He got his fat check and gets to continue to live out his days in the Big Apple. That ring, however, will continue to elude him as long as he puts money, glitz, and glamour above everything else.