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07:32 AM ET 02.27 | Will Carmelo Anthony approach his decision the way Dwight Howard did? [Howard] said he has discussed this fascinating dynamic privately with Anthony on several occasions. While he doesn't yet know what Anthony will do, his view of what's important in this process has clearly not changed: focus on the winning, and the rest will follow suit. "He has been in the league for a long time," Howard said about Anthony. "He hasn't made it to the Finals and at this point in his career he wants to win. You can see it every night when he plays. I know he has to take a lot of shots and all that stuff, but he just wants to win. I can't say (what he'll do). That's on him. He's got to decide. (But) he can't be what everybody else wants. In this situation, you've got to take your heart out of it."

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February 27, 2014  08:41 AM ET
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I like Howard's comment about taking his heart out of it. While that may be true not everyone puts a high price on winning. Yes he can take veteran's minimum to join Heat, Pacers, Rockets , OKCS... but then he'll have Lebron legacy. Someone who took short cut to win the easy way. If he's a true New Yorker he can't live with that so the heart matters. But see who's talking.. the same guy that can't stand up to Kobe and the pressure of winning in LA so he run to Houston.Today's players are gutless. I hope Melo makes the best decision for himself and family and I hope it's a decision made with a big guts and strong determination to succeed. Not a coward move like Howard and Lebron did.Get lost Howard!... keep sucking Harden's pipe!

Dwight followed his heart and he wasn't gutless. He actually went against the grain and followed his heart and mind. He left $30 millions behind and that's not hard to do. He went against Kobe and the rest of the Lakers fandom which has many consequences. That's tough but he made the right choice. It would have been easier for him to stay in LA and make all the critics happy but he took his chance. That's not gutless. Melo has to follow his heart and not what his wife or what other says. Money is not everything. Happiness cures all...

February 27, 2014  08:51 AM ET

You Don't Have The Heart Of A Champion, Bro.

February 27, 2014  09:01 AM ET

Agree with Dr. Pepper!!! LeBron did what made him happy as well. He left tons of money on the table to do what he earned the right to do, which was decide his own destination. He played his first contract and that was his only obligation. If we in the real world worked on contract, we would look at all factors involved when it ran out and we could decide our next destination. Howrad did the same, and now Melo has his chance. Nobody complains about CP3. He did the same thing.

February 27, 2014  09:02 AM ET
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... keep sucking Harden's pipe!

Lostwill come on now man lol. Melo can go down like Ewing or leave when he is past his prime. Right now he is wasting his prime years on the Knicks partly his own fault partly management fault. So I can't be mad at him if he chose to leave.

February 27, 2014  09:03 AM ET
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I like Howard's comment about taking his heart out of it. While that may be true not everyone puts a high price on winning. Yes he can take veteran's minimum to join Heat, Pacers, Rockets , OKCS... but then he'll have Lebron legacy. Someone who took short cut to win the easy way. If he's a true New Yorker he can't live with that so the heart matters. But see who's talking.. the same guy that can't stand up to Kobe and the pressure of winning in LA so he run to Houston.Today's players are gutless. I hope Melo makes the best decision for himself and family and I hope it's a decision made with a big guts and strong determination to succeed. Not a coward move like Howard and Lebron did.Get lost Howard!... keep sucking Harden's pipe!

" the same guy that can't stand up to Kobe and the pressure of winning in LA"

I think the main point is that Dwight couldn't win in LA and he went where he had the best chance. I think that's probably what he was getting across to Melo. Make decisions that make you happy. You can't win in NY with Dolan messing up the team so do what makes you happy and helps you win.

We want these guys to stay loyal but in the end their career gets judged by rings.

February 27, 2014  09:28 AM ET
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Dwight followed his heart and he wasn't gutless. He actually went against the grain and followed his heart and mind. He left $30 millions behind and that's not hard to do. He went against Kobe and the rest of the Lakers fandom which has many consequences. That's tough but he made the right choice. It would have been easier for him to stay in LA and make all the critics happy but he took his chance. That's not gutless. Melo has to follow his heart and not what his wife or what other says. Money is not everything. Happiness cures all...

Howard is gutless because he went to the Lakers in the first place. The guy has no class and Melo shouldn't listen to a word he says.

February 27, 2014  09:29 AM ET
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" the same guy that can't stand up to Kobe and the pressure of winning in LA"I think the main point is that Dwight couldn't win in LA and he went where he had the best chance. I think that's probably what he was getting across to Melo. Make decisions that make you happy. You can't win in NY with Dolan messing up the team so do what makes you happy and helps you win.We want these guys to stay loyal but in the end their career gets judged by rings.

I hope you're right because Howard won't be winning any rings in Houston.

February 27, 2014  09:30 AM ET
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Howard is gutless because he went to the Lakers in the first place. The guy has no class and Melo shouldn't listen to a word he says.

?????

I thought he got traded there......

February 27, 2014  09:31 AM ET
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Howard is gutless because he went to the Lakers in the first place. The guy has no class and Melo shouldn't listen to a word he says.

He didn't choose the Lakers. He was traded there.

February 27, 2014  09:31 AM ET
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I hope you're right because Howard won't be winning any rings in Houston.

why not?

they possibly have two of the top 10 players in the nba......

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February 27, 2014  09:33 AM ET
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I hope you're right because Howard won't be winning any rings in Houston.

Maybe not but he wasn't winning anything in LA so he made the best choice. Check the standings and you realize that.

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February 27, 2014  09:42 AM ET
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Howard is gutless because he went to the Lakers in the first place.

So if D12 would have stayed in L.A. would he still be gutless?

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February 27, 2014  09:45 AM ET
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He didn't choose the Lakers. He was traded there.

That doesn't matter! Oh wait a minute...yes it does.

February 27, 2014  09:50 AM ET
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Not at all.. It takes a real man to put Kobe in his place and lead the Lakers to victory. It's like playing in New York... you gotta be a real warrior to deal with all the BS that comes with it and still win at a high clip. You know how the saying goes.. if you can make it in a big city you can make it anywhere. Howard knew he couldn't make it so he run away.I'm not saying what he did is wrong. It's just cowardice.

HaHaHa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So he's a coward for not staying in a place he didn't wanna go to in the first place? Alrighty then...

 
February 27, 2014  09:55 AM ET
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Not at all.. It takes a real man to put Kobe in his place and lead the Lakers to victory. It's like playing in New York... you gotta be a real warrior to deal with all the BS that comes with it and still win at a high clip. You know how the saying goes.. if you can make it in a big city you can make it anywhere. Howard knew he couldn't make it so he run away.I'm not saying what he did is wrong. It's just cowardice.

what is your deal.........

therefore Shaq is a coward.....Pau is a coward.....MWP is a coward....Fisher is a coward......all players who have NOT put Kobe in his place.......maybe he tried and that's why he is gone

hard to put somebody in their place when they control the HC and the FO, no?

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