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Carmelo Anthony On Rockets Departure: "I Felt Fired, CP3 And Harden Didn't Know."

Carmelo Anthony On Rockets Departure: 'I Didn't Like How That Went Down'

Carmelo Anthony has broken his silence and he did it a great way. During Friday’s edition of ESPN’s First Take, the 10-time All-Star joined Stephen A. Smith to talk about plenty of topics. As expected, he talked about his brief time with the Houston Rockets, the last team he played for in the NBA.

He was believed to be a big signing for the Rockets the last offseason, but he didn’t last more than 10 games at the Toyota Center, coming off the bench and averaging 13.4 points and shooting 40.5 percent from the floor.

Melo revealed he was shocked when Rockets GM Daryl Morey told him the team was cutting him so quickly, especially because the Rockets had pursued him back in 2014 before Anthony decided to re-sign with the New York Knicks.

"I was surprised by it big time," Anthony said. "It went from, 'Oh, this is a piece we want, this is a piece we need.' Mind you, we've been talking for three years, four years, they were trying to get me to come to the Houston Rockets, and I finally went there. I get there, I'm thinking everything is good. I'm doing everything I've got to do - never miss a practice, did all my work, I was real professional with everybody there. I don't think there's one person there who can say I wasn't a professional there. I did what I had to do. I did my work. Then the 10th game came and I just didn't understand where that came from. I actually reached out to Daryl first, and said, 'Can we talk about how can we make this better? What can we do to fix this? What can I do to fix this?' But he already had in his mind that he wanted to come talk to me about releasing me and letting me go, so I didn't like how that went down."

After that, Melo was traded to the Bulls, who waived him without having played a single game.

Carmelo revealed that he went to talk with long-time friend Chris Paul to ask him if he had something to do with the decision or if he knew about it beforehand.

"I had a one-on-one, heart to heart with CP in my room at 1 o'clock in the morning," Anthony said. "Looked him in his eye, he looked me in my eye and told me, 'Yo, I would never do something like that to you.' I take that. With me and him it goes deeper than basketball. So, for him to sit there and really feel the pain that I was going through at that moment, being very vulnerable at that moment, I honestly can say that I don't think he knew anything about it."

After having that bad experience with the Rockets, Melo has stated he ‘still can play’ in the league and is trying to find his way back to the association, but so far nobody has offered him the chance to come back.