One of the biggest talents the NBA has seen in the last 20 years, Carmelo Anthony, is now out of the league as nobody across the association seems interesting in offering a contract to the All-Star. Anthony has had a very good career when it comes to personal stats, but he’s failed to take a team to thrive in the playoffs.
He’s now a huge absence in the league and fans wonder if we’ll ever see Melo playing in the NBA again, more knowing that he’s reportedly considering his retirement from the game.
One of his former teammates, Chancey Billups, has explained why he thinks the former New York Knicks star isn’t as relevant today as he used to be during his days with the Denver Nuggets, where he first shared touches with Billups, and the Knicks themselves.
“Scoring 30 meant too much to Melo.”
Chauncey Billups shares why he thinks Melo isn’t in the NBA anymore.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) 10 de julio de 2019
“I feel bad for Melo and here’s why,” Billups said during an appearance on SiriusXM’s NBA Radio. “Melo’s was like a good teammate, man. Melo practiced every day. Didn’t miss any games. Now, the one thing I will say—and I’ve even told Melo this—scoring 30 meant too much to Melo.”
Billups then went on to say that Carmelo hasn’t changed that mentality and now he’s unable to be a true veteran presence in the league.
“But, now I think you fast forward the tape, and the reason he’s not in the league—because he’s still mentally worthy—he hasn’t taken that set back to say ‘Okay, I’ll come in and play against back-ups. I’ll try to help the team out. I know I might not be able to close, but I just want to help the team out,'” Billups explained. “He’s not there yet.”
Ever since he left the Knicks, Anthony has been wandering around the league, having overwhelming tenures with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets, which have probably cost him the chance to find a new franchise in the NBA this offseason.
At his age, 35, nobody would expect him to be the explosive player he was during his best days, but as Billups said, Melo would still think he is that player and would push to have a big role that not a single team is willing to give him. If you ask me, that is a huge risk that not everybody is willing to take at this moment.