Melo Releases Statement on Knicks Resigning: “I am a New York Knick at heart…”



Carmelo Anthony delivered his first statement since resigning with the New York Knicks, stating that  his heart always remained in New York throughout the free agency process.

In an official statement posted on titled “My City, My Heart” , Anthony said his decision to opt out of his contract was simply a routine business move  to “explore all of the options available to me.”

Anthony concluded by affirming his desire to work closely with Knicks president Phil Jackson, who Anthony praised as a “champion who builds championship teams.”

At press time, the details of Anthony’s new five-year contract have not been disclosed. You can read the entire statement below.

A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 that became a reality. This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team. At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered.

During this journey I met with some quality organizations who have amazing talent and leadership. I thank them for their consideration, belief in my talent, and opportunity to imagine the possibilities.

I will always remember this chapter in my life. In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart. I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.

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Ismael AbduSalaam

Ismael AbduSalaam is an Atlanta-based writer specializing in music, sports and film journalism. He is the creator of the sports and entertainment site He can be reached at @Ismael_BBM_NYK.

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