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Carmelo Anthony's Camp Defends His Reputation Amid Negative Rumors

(via CBS Sports)

(via CBS Sports)

It's September and 10x All-Star Carmelo Anthony remains as an unsigned free-agent. Since his exile from the Rockets early last season, Anthony struggled to recover from a damaged reputation and an aging skillset.

The rumors about his attitude and approach towards the game have continued for months, and his identity as a scorer was soon replaced with a picture of a locker-room cancer.

In light of these recent events, folks from Anthony's camp spoke to Heavy.com's Sean Deveney about the "truth" of Carmelo.

“He has been the scapegoat for a few teams that didn’t play up to their potential,” the source told Deveney.

“Obviously that is sticking with him. They’re showing teams he can play, but they’re also making the case that the negative reputation stuff is BS, that he is not a team-killer, that other people put blame on him the last few years that he didn’t deserve.”

It is true that Melo's last few stints did not end well. The end of his tenure in New York brought forth a lot of drama as he clashed with the then-President of Basketball operations Phil Jackson over the state of his leadership of the team. In Oklahoma City, he refused to come off the bench despite clear signs of a regress in his game.

With Houston, as the Rockets performed horribly as a team, Anthony himself was subject to criticism as a result of his low-efficiency numbers.

It's hard to say whether or not Carmelo deserves the brunt of the blame in any of these scenarios, but he certainly was not perfect in any of them. The big question is, can he put aside his ego and his past to play whatever role a potential suitor needs him to play? That remains to be seen, but he and his camp will continue to affirm that he is willing to do whatever it takes.