Following his tenures in New York and Oklahoma City, Carmelo Anthony came to Houston hoping for something better. Instead, he found more of the same — disappointment, losing, and (ultimately) exile.
He was blamed for the Rockets’ early-season struggles. And, to their credit, they improved when he was gone. So, after all of that, it’s far to say Carmelo and the Rockets did not end on the best of terms.
Nonetheless, team owner Tilman Fertitta is still convinced that Anthony is one of the top players in the league.
Let me tell you: there’s a bunch of teams and I guarantee you if there’s 150 starters for the 30 teams that Carmelo Anthony is still one of the top 150 players in the National Basketball Association.
He also seemed to absolve himself of blame regarding how the team handled Anthony’s departure.
“You know, I heard how my basketball ops people handled it. You hear different stories at different times and how different things are perceived. And it’s disappointing that that’s the way it was. But I just don’t know enough facts about exactly how it went down.”
Over his 16-year career, Melo has averaged 24 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3 assists. Looking at it from that angle, the numbers certainly speak for themselves.
The past few years, however, have not been kind to the 10x All-Star. He has averaged under 17 points per game for two straight seasons and has shot around 40% from the field in each.
Is this just a case of bad environments, or is Father Time finally kicking in? Anthony, wherever he goes next, will discover that answer for himself.