I know. I know.
$65 million is a lot of money. That’s how much money is on the table for Carmelo Anthony for the next three seasons if he decides to play basketball for a living in Colorado.
But Carmelo has reason for his discontent. Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you know that Carmelo has declined to sign his mega-contract and has been scheming to find a way to depart Colorado. Various reports say he wants to play for the Chicago Bulls or New York Knicks.
And his scheme makes sense.
As the 2008-2009 season ended, Anthony and the Nuggets were on the brink of ruling the NBA. They were the league’s second-best team behind the mighty Lakers. They played suffocating defense and needed a couple fresh pieces for a chance to rule the basketball universe.
Since then, the Nuggets have done essentially nothing. Yes, they signed Al Harrington over the summer, but that’s not the move required to vault the Nuggets to a title.
Owner Enos Stanley Kroenke has created a strange situation in which it’s never clear who exactly is in control of his franchise. Anthony is wise enough to take a look at the state of the Nuggets and see it makes good sense to flee to a more sane destination.
Anthony, if he departs, will be abandoning a team that could again win 50 games.
But he’s not departing a title contender.
He wants a ring.
And there’s little reason to believe he could win one anytime soon here in Colorado.