NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 11:15 AM
There are days when Carmelo Anthony wakes up, bends his 6-foot-8 frame out of the window, takes the fire escape onto the roof of his Brooklyn apartment, looks across the East River to Manhattan and says to himself “f–k this place.”
“New York is the greatest city on the planet,’’ Anthony said in a candid interview with Vice Sports. “But you’re not a New Yorker if you don’t wake up in the morning and sometimes say f–k this place. I don’t care who you are — the mayor, governor, all the way down to the mailman. Everybody wakes up some days: ‘Hey, f–k New York.’’’
The 31-year-old small forward is entering his sixth season with the Knicks, a pairing that hasn’t delivered great success. Anthony is on his third coach and is coming off consecutive losing seasons in New York. Judging from the comments he gave to Vice, he’s heard the criticism directed toward him.
“New York is known for being the best, but with that being said, there’s no patience here in New York, so you kinda adapt to that mentality, that mindset,” he said in the video, which featured him working out with ex-Knicks guard Iman Shumpert. “That’s the reason it’s so up-and-down here; one day you’re the best thing since sliced bread, the next day you’re scum on the bottom of somebody’s shoe. This is the hardest place to have a bad anything. I’m used to it, but sometimes you want some peace, some tranquility, you wanna just relax and not listen to that.
“You’re supposed to just shut up and play — don’t complain about nothing, don’t have no emotion about nothing. If you say something, you’re a f–ked up person, if you don’t say something, you’re a f–ked up person. You have to take it one day at a time; if you start looking ahead you start thinking about so many other things (that) you’ll ruin yourself.”