Almost without warning, Carmelo Anthony went from bona-fide All-Star to un-signed free-agent. After 16 years of experience, the 10x All-Star is facing the end of his pro-tenure.
Or is he? In a story by Baxter Holmes of ESPN, one of Anthony’s former teammates, who remained anonymous, says Melo is reluctant to end his career like this.
And while Anthony believes — or so he said on ESPN — that he’d be “at peace” if he never plays in the league again, he knows that this ending will haunt him, a former teammate over multiple seasons says: “He doesn’t want to go out like this.” Wade and Kobe Bryant received a farewell tour, both of them Anthony’s close friends. LeBron James, another longtime friend, will likely receive one too. “[Anthony] wants to go out like that,” his former teammate says.
Kobe and Wade both got nationwide "farewell" tours in their final season. Anthony has not been awarded that luxury.
As a former scoring Champ, 6x All-NBA player, and one of the best offensive players in the game, Anthony certainly has a case for his own goodbye tour.
But after failed stints with the Thunder and Rockets, Melo's legacy was tarnished and his reputation ruined. There is no promise he will ever return to the NBA again, and no guarantee that he will ever get the goodbye he has always wanted.