American Coco Vandeweghe stunned No. 11 seed Karolina Pliskova in the second round at Wimbledon on Wednesday. So naturally, everyone wanted to ask the 23-year-old about Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.
Of course, right?
As it happens, Vandeweghe is the granddaughter of former Knick Ernie Vandeweghe, who played six seasons with the team starting in 1949, and the niece of NBA executive Kiki Vandeweghe, who drafted Anthony in 2003 while working for the Denver Nuggets. So, perhaps unsurprisingly considering her family ties, the tennis player had some strong opinions about the Knicks' current superstar.
Based on her quotes in the New York Daily News, Vandeweghe does not seem particularly impressed by Anthony. "I just feel that Carmelo, he is a bit soft," she said. "And now this is just my own personal opinion. I think he is soft. I don't think he has a killer instinct in his eyes, at least this last year."
She didn't stop there.
"And I also think he needs people around him that have that killer instinct, because then that brings it out of you," she continued. "And with him taking such a high salary, I think that kind of handcuffs the Knicks in being able to get those types of players that are getting big contracts. There's no way around that."
Her thoughts have clearly raised some eyebrows from tennis and basketball fans alike. But Vandeweghe, who really might want to consider a career in an NBA front office when she's done with this whole tennis thing, has been taking the attention in stride.
Love how writers are blowing this out of control! https://t.co/9o0K2KzCZg— CoCo Vandeweghe (@CoCoVandey) July 1, 2015
Anthony has yet to publicly respond, perhaps because he's afraid he'll one day be working for Vandeweghe.
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