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Carmelo Anthony Says That He 'Never Had The Teams LeBron And Wade Had'

(via Deadspin)

(via Deadspin)

It was an enlightening time on ESPN's First Take this morning when Carmelo Anthony told his side of the story to esteemed NBA insider and analyst, Stephen A Smith.

In his first public appearance in some time, Anthony went on about the Knicks, the Rockets, and his threatened future in the league. One of the more intriguing comments made by Anthony was regarding his failed attempts at winning a Championship, to which some might argue comes behind money in Anthony's list of priorities.

For Melo, he was quick to point out his supporting cast.

“I’ve never been put in those situations before,” Anthony told Stephen A. Smith on "ESPN’s First Take. “I’ve never had the teams that LeBron James has had. I’ve never had the teams that DWade has had. I’ve never had the teams that a lot of these stars out there has had. It’s always been me.”

He makes a valid point. James has had the pleasure of playing with stars like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love for organizations that were able to build a supporting cast around their core.

As for Melo, besides a young J.R. Smith in his Denver days and an injury-prone Amar'e Stoudemire, he has not been afforded the same luxury.

In the interview, Smith points out that Anthony had the chance to move on from the Knicks and pursue other opportunities. In hindsight, maybe he should have. Carmelo's attachment to New York, despite their dysfunction, may have cost him the chance at a title.

Now, at 35-years-old, Anthony is looking for another shot -- if a team is willing to give it to him.