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Posted at 2:46 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Carmelo Anthony says he'd never leave the way LeBron James did

By Cindy Boren

Carmelo Anthony is in the process of leaving the Denver Nuggets in a death-by-paper-cuts trade that may or may not take place before this century ends.

But he knows this much: While his situation may be "complicated," he won't leave Denver the way a certain big man left Cleveland.

"I would never go about it the way LeBron [James] did it," Anthony said in a Sports Illustrated interview. "If he could do it all over again, he wouldn't do it that way -- he would do it a totally different way, I can guarantee you that."

Anthony, drafted by the Nuggets in 2003, said he was surprised by reaction of Denver fans to a possible trade to a New York/New Jersey team.

"People throw away that whole 7 1/2 years, and that's what makes me laugh because I'm like, me? Out of all the people, you're booing me? Out of all the people."

By Cindy Boren  | January 18, 2011; 2:46 PM ET
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But back to Soldier Field -- it's fubball, for Pete's sake! It's supposed to be muddy and sloppy and cold and nasty, consarnit!

It's supposed to snow more in Chicago this week, and the current forecast for Sunday is partly cloudy and a high of 21, which is as warm as it's supposed to get between now and then. Kickoff is still another 5 days out, so maybe the weather will change and it will snow again.

Man up, NFC Northerners!

Meanwhile, I'll be watching the game in my always-comfortable man cave.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 18, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that anyone who's ever been booed has had the same reaction: "Of all people, why me?" For a player of Carmelo's caliber, booing his pending departure is something of a compliment. Who cares if the 12th man on the bench leaves? There's no booing, just yawning.

Posted by: randysbailin | January 18, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

First of all, people want to compare this with Lebron...Anthony is still under contract and Denver has control as to where he goes...Lebron was a free agent and was able to dictate his new team....

Of course we all know Anthony doesn't want to be in Denver beyond this year and will be gone soon...no drama here and who really cares...seems he loves the attention...

Posted by: pentagon40 | January 18, 2011 11:57 PM | Report abuse

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