BOSTON - Carmelo Anthony denied a published report on Friday that said he is willing to waive his no-trade clause to escape the Knicks.
Anthony visited the Bulls, Rockets, Mavericks and Lakers during the free-agency period this past summer but decided to re-sign with the Knicks for five years and $124 million. The deal includes a no-trade clause.
"I don't really know what to say to that," Anthony said during the morning shootaround as the Knicks prepared for Friday night's game against the Celtics in Boston. "I guess it's just what happens when you hit the wall of adversity and everything is a snowball effect. I guess it comes with the territory. Whether it's fair or not, it comes with the territory. You know the cure to all of this is winning, and that's what we have to do, win some basketball games.
"I've been here before. I've lost some games and had all types of things written about me, written about the team. It's going to happen.
"Come on, man. After all the work I did to get here and get back here, if I was to get up and want to leave now, that would just make me weak, make me have a weak mind. I've never been the person to try to run from any adversity or anything like that. So I'm not going to pick today to do that."
The Knicks snapped a 10-game losing streak Friday night with a 101-95 victory over the Celtics. Anthony, who was listed as doubtful earlier in the day because of a sore left knee, started and scored 22 points in 39:27, including two clinching free throws with 16.2 seconds left.
Under NBA rules, players who signed during the offseason can be traded starting on Monday. Even if he didn't have a no-trade clause, it's highly unlikely Anthony would be one of them.
Anthony's agent, Leon Rose, called the report "utter nonsense."
"Carmelo, as always, is committed to the Knicks," Rose said in a statement. "There have never been discussions about trades or wanting to leave New York. Any story, rumor, report to the contrary is utter nonsense."
"I guess when you're losing games, everything gets questioned," Anthony said. "That's the state where we're at as a team. That's the state we're at as individuals, or should I say myself. But it comes with the territory.
"It's going to be for me to kind of defend myself, but at the end of the day, that's not going to prove nothing, that's not going to do anything.
"Losing is frustrating. I don't want to lose. We don't want to lose. Coming into this season, this is not what I expected, what we expected. But we're here now. There's nothing we can do about the previous 24 games. It's only about tonight against Boston and moving forward. There's no need to cry over what already happened. It's about fixing it.
"For me, it's just a matter of doing what I do best, and that's performing on the basketball court and going out there and trying to win games. At the end of the day, that's all that matters, that's all that will solve anything that's going on, anything that's being said, is winning basketball games.
"If we were winning, we wouldn't be sitting here talking about a story out there saying I want a trade or knee problems or this or that. We wouldn't be sitting here talking about that if we were winning. So it comes with the territory. We have to deal with it. I have to deal with it. I accept it. That doesn't make it right, but I accept it."
With Al Iannazzone