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07:34 AM ET 01.28 | With La La Anthony and Kobe Bryant chiming in over the weekend, the decision facing Carmelo Anthony draws relatively near. It remains to be seen what that pursuit will spur Anthony to do when he becomes a free agent this summer, but the seven-time All-Star offered another peek into his mindset Monday as he and the Knicks continue to attempt to make up ground in the playoff chase. "(Winning a championship is) the only thing I care about. Anything else is irrelevant to me as far as when it comes to basketball," Anthony said after practice in Greenburgh. "A championship is the only thing that's on my mind, is the only thing I want to accomplish, I want to achieve and I'm going to do what I got to do to get that. That's my motivating factor. Nothing else even motivates me anymore, just that."

New York Daily News

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January 28, 2014  07:39 AM ET

" ...Winning a championship is the only thing I care about..."

Then the Lakers are not in his radar.

January 28, 2014  07:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

" ...Winning a championship is the only thing I care about..."

Then the Lakers are not in his radar.

You're funny. You talk about the Lakers more than Lakers fans do.

At least we know what closet you're in...

January 28, 2014  08:04 AM ET

If he were truly only interested in winning a title, he'd take 5 million and join the Heat next year or join OKC. The part he forgot to add to his diatribe is.....I want to win a title, "as long as I'm making as much money as possible!" Which will prevent him from winning a title.

January 28, 2014  08:07 AM ET

The daily Melo stories are back again. We have moved from the Dwightmare to the Melodrama era.

January 28, 2014  08:28 AM ET

He sounds like a player willing to take a paycut to join or build a contender, just like I thought. Let's see what happens come this summer. Knicks are probably two years away from building a championship level team unless Amare retires. It doesn't sound like Melo is willing to wait until he is in his early 30's and I can't really blame him.

January 28, 2014  08:34 AM ET

Really? I can bet you that $$$$$ has a lot to do w/ it. If you're really telling the truth then the Clippers,Spurs, Heat, Pacers, Thunder, Blazers, and Rockets would be a perfect fit for you for the money they can afford to give you... Too much BS from this guy.

January 28, 2014  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Really? I can bet you that $$$$$ has a lot to do w/ it. If you're really telling the truth then the Clippers,Spurs, Heat, Pacers, Thunder, Blazers, and Rockets would be a perfect fit for you for the money they can afford to give you... Too much BS from this guy.

Come on. Top players say this - and mean this - all the time. It's not BS. It's absolutely unreasonable to think he will accept something like the mid level exception to play for the Heat or Thunder or something like that. He is a top 10 player in the league. I believe him when he says he is all about winning a championship and I'm sure that if/when he has the opportunity, he will take less money (similar to what Wade, James and Bosh did in 2010) to have a chance to truly contend for a title somewhere. Don't act like if he doesn't take 5 mil a year to play on an already contending team that he doesn't want to win. That is BS.

January 28, 2014  08:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Really? I can bet you that $$$$$ has a lot to do w/ it. If you're really telling the truth then the Clippers,Spurs, Heat, Pacers, Thunder, Blazers, and Rockets would be a perfect fit for you for the money they can afford to give you... Too much BS from this guy.

I think he is willing to take a pay cut not play for veterans minimum. 10-15 million is what I expect if a real contender opens up. You might not consider that a paycut but he is making over 20 milion this year so it is considering how much he could make.

January 28, 2014  08:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Come on. Top players say this - and mean this - all the time. It's not BS. It's absolutely unreasonable to think he will accept something like the mid level exception to play for the Heat or Thunder or something like that. He is a top 10 player in the league. I believe him when he says he is all about winning a championship and I'm sure that if/when he has the opportunity, he will take less money (similar to what Wade, James and Bosh did in 2010) to have a chance to truly contend for a title somewhere. Don't act like if he doesn't take 5 mil a year to play on an already contending team that he doesn't want to win. That is BS.

I agree.
They all want to win.....
But some guys don't always want to put in full effort and win

No top player, in their prime ever played for peanuts.
Even the heat guys signed escalating max contracts for 100+ mil

January 28, 2014  08:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Don't act like if he doesn't take 5 mil a year to play on an already contending team that he doesn't want to win. That is BS.

right on! No doubt he wants to win...moreover he wants to win in his hometown of NYC. BUT Knicks management is making it harder and harder for a championship to come to fruition.

January 28, 2014  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Come on. Top players say this - and mean this - all the time. It's not BS. It's absolutely unreasonable to think he will accept something like the mid level exception to play for the Heat or Thunder or something like that. He is a top 10 player in the league. I believe him when he says he is all about winning a championship and I'm sure that if/when he has the opportunity, he will take less money (similar to what Wade, James and Bosh did in 2010) to have a chance to truly contend for a title somewhere. Don't act like if he doesn't take 5 mil a year to play on an already contending team that he doesn't want to win. That is BS.

That is BS. That was my whole point. You just didn't get it. All of those teams will take him right away if he was willing to take the mid level.

January 28, 2014  08:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I think he is willing to take a pay cut not play for veterans minimum. 10-15 million is what I expect if a real contender opens up. You might not consider that a paycut but he is making over 20 milion this year so it is considering how much he could make.

All these top guys have some ego
I can't see him taking a lot less AND you g somewhere to be a second fiddle

Again. The heat guys took less.....but all got basically the same $
Melo won't take less AND be a #2
Its just not in his dna

January 28, 2014  09:06 AM ET

If Melo stays for a max 5 year contract in NY then it's probably not about winning a title. It's about the money. If he leaves to join up with some other top talent then it's about winning and not just money.

January 28, 2014  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Come on. Top players say this - and mean this - all the time. It's not BS. It's absolutely unreasonable to think he will accept something like the mid level exception to play for the Heat or Thunder or something like that. He is a top 10 player in the league. I believe him when he says he is all about winning a championship and I'm sure that if/when he has the opportunity, he will take less money (similar to what Wade, James and Bosh did in 2010) to have a chance to truly contend for a title somewhere. Don't act like if he doesn't take 5 mil a year to play on an already contending team that he doesn't want to win. That is BS.

Yeah I agree think of it like this for every year he took 5-8 million below max and then multiply by the number of years on the contact. That is how much money he left on the table.

January 28, 2014  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

" ...Winning a championship is the only thing I care about..." Then the Lakers are not in his radar.

LOL.

Keep doubting the Lakers, homie. The Lakers have one of the better GM's in the League.

January 28, 2014  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

If Melo stays for a max 5 year contract in NY then it's probably not about winning a title. It's about the money. If he leaves to join up with some other top talent then it's about winning and not just money.

He gets to chose where he wants to go this summer and he has all the options. It's really up to him to back up all of these talks right now. He can easily join the Rockets, Spurs, heat, and even the Thunder.

January 28, 2014  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

He gets to chose where he wants to go this summer and he has all the options. It's really up to him to back up all of these talks right now. He can easily join the Rockets, Spurs, heat, and even the Thunder.

I agree. But if he stays for 5 in NY then it's really not about winning but rather the money.

January 28, 2014  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I agree. But if he stays for 5 in NY then it's really not about winning but rather the money.

The wife has the final say.

January 28, 2014  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

All these top guys have some egoI can't see him taking a lot less AND you g somewhere to be a second fiddleAgain. The heat guys took less.....but all got basically the same $Melo won't take less AND be a #2 Its just not in his dna

Again I think he will take less than what he is making now and less than max he could make if it puts him on a team he thinks is championship worthy. Any team Melo goes on he can be a 1A/B option. He wants to win and will sacrifice some money/touches to be on a contender. He basically said it in his quotes. I guess you don't believe him but we will see come this summer.

 
January 28, 2014  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

He gets to chose where he wants to go this summer and he has all the options. It's really up to him to back up all of these talks right now. He can easily join the Rockets, Spurs, heat, and even the Thunder.

SA? I doubt they are interested (he doesn't fit their system at all) and he would be a horrible fit on Houston with Harden, Lin and Howard all needing the ball.

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