Coach Mike Woodson was not pleased that Carmelo Anthony recently talked to the media about his desire to experience free agency and to opt of his contract at the end of the season. While assuring that Melo would not be distracted, he offered a clear "do your job" message to the Knicks leader.
"If he's going to test it, he's got to test it. That's on him. But at this point, he's got to worry about this season and this season only, because that's what's staring him in the face." said coach Woodson.
Woodson's comment was in response to a statement Anthony, to the New York Observer, in which he sounded like a kid who wanted to know he was loved and appreciated around the league.
I want to be a free agent. I think everybody in the NBA dreams to be a free agent at least one time in their career. It's like you have an evaluation period, you know. It's like if I'm in the gym and I have all the coaches, all the owners, all the GMs come into the gym and just evaluate everything I do. So yes, I want that experience.
Of course, Anthony clarified his comments later insisting that he was not going anywhere. He just wants to find out what free agency feels like. "It's definitely an opportunity that I'm willing to explore and experience. 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."
If the free agency issue is not really about about the $129.1 million, five year contract Melo can secure from the Knicks if he opts out, one must hope that the sense of insecurity underlying his comments positively motivates him to be a great team player and leader this season.