Two former Knicks legends are currently seeking jobs in the NBA. Jeremy Lin detailed dealing with the feeling of being unwanted, now it’s Carmelo Anthony’s turn to plead his case.
Since his unceremonious exit from the Houston Rockets last season where he only saw action in just 10 games, the superstar has been in limbo. Melo has been pretty mum on the future of his NBA career. He broke his silence finally in an interview with ESPN’s resident NBA expert, Stephen A.Smith.
Smith revealed on his Twitter account early this morning that Anthony requested the impromptu interview to clear the air.
Melo touched on a bevy of topics during the interview. He spoke his time with the Knicks, almost signing with the Chicago Bulls, being blindsided by his release from the Rockets and not wanting a farewell tour.
Anthony even spoke on the fact he never had teams like his brothers LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Most importantly though he stressed that he has the passion for resuming his NBA career and is willing to take the necessary steps to do so. He just finds it hard to believe that a player of his magnitude can’t make a 15-man roster and hints at other politics coming into play.
Carmelo rarely gets as candid as he during the one-on-one sitdown with Smith. He hopes this interview will show teams he’s not the headache that people inside the league believe he is. #NBATwitter, of course, had their thoughts on the matter with most believing Melo deserves to go out on his own terms.
We honestly believe that as well, yeah he could look at a player like Vince Carter for example who found ways to stay in the league despite his advanced age. But it would appear teams not even sniffing his way plus other off-court drama involving his marriage may have humbled Anthony.
Hit the gallery below to see all of the reactions to Carmelo’s interview with Stephen A. Smith.
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Basketball is better when Melo is playing. pic.twitter.com/TDVvj2DQQE— SLAM (@SLAMonline) August 2, 2019
Very smart of Carmelo to say "I never said anything about a farewell tour.” Teams are looking for players who can help them, and Melo can certainly do that. They’re not looking to give up a roster spot so a guy can have a farewell tour. His trainer never should have said that.— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) August 2, 2019
I feel bad that Melo even has to do this man. However, I do feel he had done well sharing his feelings.— Ros Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) August 2, 2019
AD request a trade and Steve Kerr goes at him. Lebron saved the Cavs and David Griffin career and he gets stabbed in the back. Melo getting blackballed and people say he’s washed up. Rockets tell CP3 he’s not getting traded and trades him. 🤔— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 2, 2019
Charlotte should sign Melo or JLin.— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) August 2, 2019
Nigga said Bron and Wade told him take the 3 year deal so they could link up afterwards and he said nah and took the 5 year deal cause it was more money.— Frozen Water 🏁⛄️ (@OfficiallyIce) August 2, 2019
Now I gotta visit that alternate universe where the Miami “Big 3” was Bron, Wade, and Melo.
Melo explaining how he got traded by the Rockets is why Steve Kerr’s comment about players honoring their contracts & playing until free agency is bullshit..— A Pretty Big Deal 🎙 (@AishiaDeal) August 2, 2019
Teams have been disrespectfully trading players in the middle of games or right after games since forever.. #FirstTake
They doing melo how they did AI pic.twitter.com/jTZRc3bmPi— The Stallion Whisperer (@OlaDaGreat) August 2, 2019
Melo: I can help your team win. Do you have an open sp-— TC⚡️ (@ThunderCounty) August 2, 2019
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I’m rooting for Melo. This man can still play, and be a real contributor to a good team. And it’s good to hear him speak his truth instead of others speaking it for him.— Chris Dempsey (@chrisadempsey) August 2, 2019