Carmelo Anthony said he thinks his decision to re-sign with the New York Knicks influenced LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks in July. James left the Miami Heat after four trips to the NBA Finals to return to the Cavaliers.
Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks in July after originally returning to his hometown in a 2011 trade. Anthony was born in Red Hook, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.
James decided to sign with Cleveland this offseason after four trips to the NBA Finals with the Miami Heat.
Strahan: And watching LeBron [James] go back to Cleveland, did that affect your decision on staying in New York, and did you learn anything from watching LeBron go back home?
Anthony: No. Honestly, I think it was the other way around. I think he saw when I came back home to New York and saw the response and saw the reaction and saw how at peace I was when I came back home. ... I’m pretty sure he looked at that moment and saw that that was a very special moment, and he had the opportunity to go back home himself and regain that love.
- Paul Palladino