Melo Congratulates Self for Rising Above Self-Induced Pressure

by npiller88

Just so you know, Carmelo Anothony is doing a great job handling all the pressure from the constant trade rumors. Don’t believe me? Don’t take my word for it, take his:

I think it takes a strong-willed person, a strong-minded person, to deal with the stuff that I deal with and still go out there and go to work every day and perform on a nightly basis. I take my hat off to myself for dealing with all this stuff that’s going on and still be able to go out there and play at the high level that I can play at. I really don’t think an average person can walk in my shoes. I don’t think that.

Can you take your hat off to yourself? I guess it’s physically possible.. Regardless, as I was working through the cliches in this snippet and trying not to cringe, I couldn’t help but notice that a little tear had formed in the corner of my eye. Why? I guess I never quite realized how hard this has all been for Melo. He’s had to endure an entire season of doing his job! AND, he’s only being compensated 17.6 million dollars this year to do so! Not only that, but he’s been the subject of never ending trade rumors that have cast a stormy pall over the Denver Nuggets this season. Sure, he may have initiated the controversy by turning down a 65 million dollar extension offer over three years from the Nuggets (despite their status as a perennial contender during his tenure there), but let’s remember who the real victim is. Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri (who’s job has been made tougher now that Carmelo has made it clear that he wants out, causing his trade value to plummet) you say? His teammates (who have had to play alongside Melo all season while knowing he doesn’t think they can be an adequate supporting cast)? NO! Ridiculous suggestions… It’s Carmelo, obviously!

Can you imagine what it’s like to have to play basketball for a living and then see yourself on tv even more often than normal? Because of the controversy you welcomed? It’s hard! But I, for one, would like to give kudos to Melo, who has stuck it out through thick and thin and ups and downs, and has really rolled with the punches (it appears that Melo has inundated my writing style due to over-exposure). But even with the constant pressure of hearing his name mentioned in possible deals that would send him to cities in which he clearly wants to live, he has still managed  to average 25 points per game, as well as nearly 35 over the last five games, when trade talk has really heated up (never mind that the team is 2-3 in those games). I’ve started to weep a little bit every night, when I think about the uncertainty of Carmelo’s future. Sure, lots of Americans worry about where their next job will come from, but at least they know which city it will likely be in! (wait, is that true?) Carmelo, on the other hand, is in the cruelest limbo you can imagine. For those of you who aren’t quite at the platinum level yet, I should inform you that you can’t just hire a private jet pilot on a whim! Furthermore, it takes time to find the right real estate people in a new city. You think Melo’s just gonna blow that 20+ million dollars per year on a mansion WITHOUT consulting with an agent he’s taken the time to get to know? Not a chance.

But Melo doesn’t want your sympathy. No, far from it. What he wants is your recognition of his sheer will. Is that too much to ask? You might wonder, where does he find the motivation to play so hard when he’s being compensated so poorly and playing in such a boring city like Denver? I wonder about that too. Without straight-shooters like Melo, it would be hard to tell the victims and the perpetrators apart.

For those of us who’ve perhaps been too quick to criticize Melo, It’s time to step into his shoes for a change. But I’ll warn you, its not a task fit for the “average” among us.

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