The past few weeks have afforded Carmelo Anthony time to think. After months of his inner monologue spilling out into the open because of flickering trade rumors and persistent head-butting with the Knicks’ president, Phil Jackson, Anthony receded from the spotlight once the league’s trade deadline passed on Feb. 23.
But with Anthony still bound to the Knicks for two more years and with the club just about eliminated from the playoffs for a fourth straight season, it was perhaps inevitable that he would re-emerge as the team’s main topic of discussion.
And he did on Monday, in Los Angeles, as the Knicks prepared to play the Clippers, a team that was prominently mentioned as a possible destination for Anthony earlier this season before the trading deadline arrived without a deal being made.
But once this season ends and summer arrives, and N.B.A. deals can be made again, talk of sending Anthony to the Clippers is likely to revive.
And why not? He has owned a home in Los Angeles for years, and Chris Paul, the Clippers’ star point guard, is his good friend.
Asked about Los Angeles at the Knicks’ pregame shootaround on Monday, Anthony said: “Over the years, I’ve grown to like it. I think as you get older, you start looking for places where you can relax and enjoy and the family can be good. I think over the years, L.A. has been the place where my family feels comfortable at.”
Anthony added: “And there was always talk over the past couple seasons with me somehow being connected to — whether it was the Clippers or Lakers, I’ve somehow always been connected to — at first, it was the Lakers and now it’s the Clippers’ situations — so I try not to think about…