Carmelo Anthony Says New York Knicks Exit Was 'Bittersweet'
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - OCTOBER 19: Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Lance Thomas #42 of the New York Knicks during the second half of a NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on October 19, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

Carmelo Anthony didn’t want his time with the New York Knicks to end the way it did. He looks back on his exit as “bittersweet.”

Carmelo Anthony‘s Oklahoma City Thunder may have stumbled out of the gate to a 4-5 record, but he still made the right call in forcing a trade away from the New York Knicks. Even if he regrets the way things ended.

Anthony tells Marc Spears of The Undefeated that his exit from New York was “bittersweet.” He also mentions that he’s not the first one to go out like that in the Big Apple.


It was bittersweet. That’s my city. I didn’t want to leave like that. I didn’t want it to end like that. But it’s just a reoccurring thing that happens in New York. It happened in the past. It happened to other people. It happens all the time. Nobody ever goes out the right way in New York. I wanted to have an opportunity now to go somewhere else rather than wait and dealing with that. It’s at the end. It’s over with.

Anthony may not be happy with how things ended, but he did control the circumstances. It was his no-trade clause that held everything up. Nevertheless, what’s done is done. Both sides have moved on.

The Knicks are happy with Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott while Melo is happy playing alongside fellow stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook in OKC.

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