Anthony stays with KnicksPublished 11:09pm Sunday, July 13, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Carmelo Anthony wanted to be a Knick a few years ago, and nothing has changed now.
Anthony is staying in New York, announcing his decision Sunday in a posting titled “My City, My Heart” on his website.
“This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team,” Anthony said.
He explained that he owed it to himself to explore all his options as a free agent, and thanked the teams he met with for their interest.
“Through it all, my heart never wavered,” he wrote.
The Knicks can pay the All-Star forward nearly $130 million over five years, though Anthony has said he would be open to taking less than the maximum salary if it would help build a winning team.
The Knicks hired Phil Jackson as president in March, and Anthony believes the 11-time champion as a coach can turn the organization into a winner.
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh is staying in Miami because of his family, and because he believes the Heat will still be competitive even without LeBron James.
Bosh made his comments Sunday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from Ghana, where he’s been doing some work with NBA Africa in recent days while taking a break from a family vacation.
Bosh says he was tempted by an offer to join the Houston Rockets. He says he turned it down because his decision hinged on more than “the business of basketball” and instead revolved largely around the fact that his wife and children are happy in South Florida.
He’ll soon be signing a five-year, $118 million contract to stay with the Heat.