This is what the lockout has reduced us to — watching Carmelo Anthony and his wife promote their new reality show on another morning show I never watch. But some of you, care.
The interview from Regis & Kelly is a reminder that while we think of players like Carmelo only as athletes they get pulled and pushed around by life like the rest of us. There are demands on their time, for tickets, there is family issues, there are shopping carts with wobbly wheels and all the annoyances of life that bother the rest of us. Like us, they need to find a way to rise above it.
Anyway, here you go. Enjoy.
Video: Official trailer Melo/LaLa’s new reality show
I am going to watch as much of this as I have the Lamar Odom/Khloe Kardashian reality show.
But because we know some of you out there can’t wait to see another reality show about another NBA star, we bring you the official trailer from “LaLa’s Full Court Life.” This was actually filmed through the time of the trade from Denver to New York, but it will focus on LaLa and her family, not Mike D’Antoni’s defensive scheme. (Can you fill a half hour show with D’Antoni’s defensive schemes?)
Hat tip to I am a GM for this (or if you don’t like it, blame them).
Report: ‘Melo undecided about signing an extension with Nets; says wife not driving choices
At the end of the day, Carmelo Anthony holds the hammer.
And he wants to make it clear it is his hammer, not his wife’s.
That hammer is in the form of his signature on a three-year, $65 million extension sitting on the table in front of him. Just like it has been since this summer. The New Jersey Nets — who have contorted themselves like a Cirque du Soleil acrobat to make a trade palatable to the Denver Nuggets so they could land ‘Melo — will not take Anthony unless he puts pen to paper on that extension as part of an extend-and-trade (like Kevin Garnett did when leaving Minnesota).
When all the cards are face up on the table for this trade, Melo may not do it. He still hasn’t decided yet, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN, who quotes a source close to Anthony.
“He has not agreed to go to New Jersey,” said the source, who speaks regularly with Anthony. “I have never heard him, in all the times we’ve talked, say he’s willing to go to New Jersey. Not once. Personally, I would be stunned if he went there and signed an extension.”
Fact is, nobody knows. Maybe not even Anthony himself. He could still sign with the Nets, this is not a “no.” It’s not a “yes” either. The Nets are going to have to convince him by bringing in enough other talent so that Anthony feels he isn’t going to be wandering alone in the wilderness of New Jersey for a couple of years with a terrible team.
One thing he wanted to make clear is that his new wife, actress LaLa Vazquez, is not driving his choices or decisions. He spoke to reporters after the Nuggets game Tuesday night and asked people to back off from discussing her, as reported (via twitter) by Chris Tomasson of FanHouse.
“You all put this in bold words, LaLa has nothing to do with anything… It doesn’t bother me but people they have to write about something and for them to just come up with ‘She don’t want to be here…’ She has nothing to do with that. This is my career. This is my decision. Of course, I got to consult her with everything but it wasn’t one conversation I said where she told me, ‘Let’s get out of here.’
“It’s normal. You got to consult with your family about situations like that, decision making and that’s just all that we’ve been doing. She hasn’t had any say so on what should I do and where should go or anything like that.”
It’s a challenge to judge where Anthony stands on the Nets. His decision may have a lot to do with who comes with him. The trade being discussed — now apparently being negotiated under the Cone of Silence because not much is leaking out — is an at least 15-player, three-team trade that would send Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton to New Jersey; bring Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow, some other players and a couple first-round picks to Denver; and Troy Murphy and Johan Petro to Detroit along with picks.
Is that enough for Anthony? Nobody seems to know.
On one side of the equation is the fact his agent, Leon Rose, and the team at CAA (including William Wesley) have worked hard to bring this deal together. That means he hasn’t told them no (as he has done with several other teams that inquired about him), and they have some confidence he will say yes. The Nets have long believed they can convince him that owner Mikhail Prokhorov is building a winner if given the chance face-to-face.
However, Anthony’s people in the past have said it was Knicks or bust. That is his dream. And at the end of the day it still might be.
Which would mean a lot of people put in a lot of work for nothing.
Good news, everyone! La La Vasquez has chimed in on 'Melo again.
Just so we’re clear, this isn’t a woman thing. If this were the WNBA, I wouldn’t want their significant others chiming in on what’s going on with them as free agents or trade prospects, either. This mostly has to do with it being La La Vasquez. After La La decided to open her mouth and get all chatty Cathy about the Knicks, Vasquez went on Denver radio yesterday (via the Denver Post) and tried to simmer the bubbling stew of rumors about Carmelo down a bit.
“You just kind of laugh and go through with it. Whenever anything is
going to happen, if it is going to happen, we’ll deal with it at that
point. But right now, he’s happy to be Denver Nugget. That’s where my
home is and where my mind is right now.”
Oh, okay, right now. Well that clears that up, La. Should stop those rumors cold. Wait, you had something else to say on the matter?
“As of now, the plans are to report back to Denver for training camp. So let’s just see how this plays out.”
Well, then! If I’m a Nugget fan who believes in Melo I’m feeling swimmingly. As of this exact moment, Melo doesn’t plan on avoiding training camp for the team he’s under contract with. That’s a relief! And the situation is totally over, other than her saying “let’s see how this plays out” which would mean there’s something to play out.
Not that she’d really be aware of anything, because she’s probably getting about as much information from Masai Ujiri as I am. Okay, a little more.
Thanks for the update, Ms. Vasquez. Keep us in the loop, won’t you?
Carmelo Anthony put a bounty out on slapping a celebrity groupie
Oh, okay, our bad. That would be why Melo’s account is deleted this morning. Gotcha. Had nothing to do with him posting a bounty on slapping someone, then following it up by actually showing the cash.
What’s that link to? You ask? Okay, Vanna, show ’em what’s in the link!
Right, then. Thanks, Melo!
Okay, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Someone hacked his account, posted a 5k bounty on a groupie with a media manager, then posted a request for video and actually showed the cash (or some really good looking counterfeit), then the hacker or Melo’s people deleted his account.
It has not been the best week for Carmelo Anthony. Outside of being a top NBA player starring in a Chinese movie married to La La Vasquez. Other than, rough time.