Dating back to his days in Denver, Carmelo Anthony has been one of the more polarizing stars in the NBA over the past few years.
First, it was his attitude in Denver, with many describing him as a coward and a brat after a fight with the New York Knicks, where Anthony sucker punched Mardy Collins and quickly ran away to the other end of the court.
Then, it was his on-court demeanor and attitude in New York after forcing his way to New York ironically enough, as despite his All-Star numbers, the Knicks were never a force in the East, only reaching the conference semi-finals once during his tenure.
Finally, many thought this season would be a turning point for Melo after being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, joining up with fellow All-Stars Paul George and Russell Westbrook. That wouldn't be the case however, as Carmelo went on to have one of the worse seasons statistically of his career, posting a career-low 16.2 points per game on 40.4% shooting.
After a terrible postseason run for the Thunder, falling to the Utah Jazz in six games, Carmelo Anthony has gone on record to blast OKC for the way he had been utilized throughout the season.
“I think the player that they wanted me to be and needed me to be was for the sake of this season because everything was just thrown together and it wasn’t anything that was planned out. “It wasn’t no strategy to me being here. Me being a part of the actual system and what type of player and things like that. “As far as being effective as that type of player, I don’t think I can be effective. I was willing to accept that challenge in that role. “But I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgable in what I still can do as a basketball player.”
The comments come as a huge shock after Anthony had one of his worst postseason performances of his career, shooting a woeful 37% from the field during the series, and was a non-factor when crunch time began.
Anthony is due to be paid almost $28 million next season if he decides to opt-in to the last year of his contract with the Thunder, and given his performances this season, he'd be stupid not to.