Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks are finalizing a deal that would allow Anthony to remain a Knick, according to a July 12 story on the ESPN website. Anthony visited the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls in the past week while considering his options. Anthony was reported to have narrowed his choice down to 2 teams; Chicago and New York.
Carmelo Anthony was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 2003, according to Wikipedia. In 2011, he was traded from Denver to New York, where he has played for the past 3 years. In June, Carmelo took advantage of a clause in his contract that allowed him to opt out of the final year of his agreement. While Carmelo sought to “explore his options;” some, like NBA analyst Stephen A Smith never believed that Anthony was serious about leaving New York because, according to Smith, “Carmelo loves his money, and he will stay a Knick as long as they are able to pay him the most money.”
The Bible does not speak specifically of max contracts, but it does speak on the ability to earn. The Apostle Paul stated that it was wrong to muzzle the ox while it is threading the grain. He, as a preacher, was entitled to be paid and supported by the churches that he spiritually supported. Carmelo Anthony, as an employee of the New York Knicks, made almost $22 million dollars in the 2013. The New York Knicks are believed to be worth $3 billion dollars.
100 Chicago Bulls fans were asked if they were (or would be) disappointed if Anthony chose another team. Less than half of the fans (39) expressed disappointment with his decision. Almost 90 percent (88) never believed that he was serious about Chicago; because (according to the fans) New York could pay him more.
With salary caps and max contracts, sports (including baseball) are rarely discussed as a part of the free market. Do you think basketball players are entitled to be paid what the market will bear? Are they wrong for asking to be paid as much as they can be?