by - February 17, 2011 - - 1 Comment »

Last week Carmelo Anthony gave himself credit for the way he has handled the constant drama surrounding his situation and for maintaining a high level of play during it. This caused numerous media members to write or say something like this, ‘Typical. Giving himself credit for handling a situation he created.’

Did Carmelo in fact create this situation? To a degree, yes. It is abundantly clear that he has let Denver know he doesn’t want to play there after his current contract and if they don’t want to lose him for nothing, they should trade him. Does that mean he is totally responsible for everything that has transpired since then? Absolutely not.

It is within his rights to leave after the season. He will be an unrestricted free agent. Telling the team of his intentions only helps them deal with reality the best way they see fit. But that can be done behind closed doors. Of course, it would be naive to believe it would stay there. Melo is a big star, the information would inevitably get leaked. However, that’s basically the end of his culpability.

He’s not the one asking himself questions. He’s not writing stories about himself. He’s not going on TV and talking about himself. He’s not reporting on what sources have told him. The media storm surrounding the “Melo-Drama” is as much a product of the media as it is Carmelo Anthony.

I’m not saying that is a bad thing. It’s a business. It only makes sense. The story is compelling. As a result, ratings and web clicks go up when the topic is broached. And it is broached often.

I’m just saying media members shouldn’t point their fingers at Carmelo Anthony. They really shouldn’t point their fingers at themselves either. They should just keep them on their keyboards and be happy the story exists. It certainly makes my job easier.

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One Response to “Media-Melo”

  1. Matt Foley says:

    “It certainly makes my job easier.”

    Well, la la de freakin da for you.

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