Soon-to-be President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been accusing major media outlets of spewing "fake news" to the public, refusing to answer questions about his policies or anything else for that matter.
While I disagree with Donald Trump and pretty much everything he stands for, I would like to use his phrase "fake news" for this piece. The fake news that I am speaking of is the one that is circulating around Knicks' forward, Carmelo Anthony.
First, let's break down the real news, which is the Knicks are playing bad basketball. Currently, they are three games out of a playoffspot and 2-8 in their last 10 games. Defensively, they're one of the worst teams in the league, allowing 108 points per game, 2nd worst in the Eastern Conference. And for Melo, his scoring is below his career average (25pts), only averaging 22 points per game, and his assist numbers are low (3.1 APG), something the masses scrutinize him for.
Because of this bad stretch and other outside factors, rumors circulated that Carmelo Anthony did not want to play for the Knicks anymore. While Melo remained silent on the matter, the media took it upon themselves to suggest that Melo should waive his no-trade clause. It's not surprising to see the media make Melo's career decisions for him, especially after his final days in Denver.
During what they called "MeloDrama" it was a new story every day about what Melo wanted to do and why he wanted to leave Denver. After Melo was traded to the Knicks, he exposed the real reason why he wanted to depart Denver, which was because the team was going in a different direction. Once it was determined that his longtime teammates, Kenyon Martin, Chauncey Billups, J.R. Smith, and Marcus Camby were going to be free agents, Melo wanted to leave also.
But due to the media's continuous coverage and rumors aka "fake news", it made Melo look like a prima-donna, even though he never spoke publicly about the situation or the Nuggets. He just continued to play basketball for the remainder of his time in Denver. In his final 10 games in Denver, he averaged 31 points and 7 boards while shooting 52% from the field. A stretch that included a 50-point game against the Rockets.
Six years later, we're seeing the same type of fake news take place. Melo has already made the announcement that he wants to stay with the Knicks and is not seeking a trade. From there, the media's attention has transferred to the relationship between him and Phil Jackson. After reports of that Melo and Phil had a secret meeting, the narrative has switched to Phil should convince Melo to waive his no-trade clause.
Much of the conversation about Melo has been from rumors and speculations. "Because the Knicks are losing, it's his fault". "Because the Knicks are losing, he must want out of New York. "He doesn't want out of New York, well then he doesn't want to win". This has been the narrative for a guy that has never bashed the franchise, his teammates, the front office, or anything about the New York Knicks. Instead, Melo has played through the tough times and is staying committed to New York.
I find it amazing how people want to control Melo's career, more than any other player in the NBA. We're in an era of sports where we want players to have more control of their careers, something Melo currently is doing; but on the flipside, we criticize him, for not jumping ship because times are hard (while others are praised for it), something that is also common in this era of sports. It's a shame that the media doesn't appreciate Melo the basketball player, instead, they create "fake news" with false narratives about one of the few throwback players left in the NBA.