"I know how to play this game of basketball. I've been playing it for a long time. When I feel like I'm ready to take that role, then I'll take that role. Only I know when it's best for me to take that role. I'm not going to do that in a situation where I still know my capabilities and what I can do. And at the end of the day, the people who really matter know my capabilities and what I can still do. You start getting to the media and debates, it's going to always be kind of back-and-forth."
To Carmelo's point, it wasn't too long ago when he was averaging over 20 points a game as a member of the biggest market in sports. The 2016/17 campaign saw him put up 22.4 points on 43% shooting while making his 6th All-Star appearance. We have yet to see whether his year in OKC was just a bad fit, or if it really was the beginning of the end.
Because of his terrible season in Oklahoma, however, most fans remain persistent that he take a lesser role while his game continues to fade away. Father time would certainly agree with that sentiment.
In any case, with all indications that he is headed to Houston, all pressure will be on Carmelo to prove that he can still play, or he may not have a choice anymore on whether he starts or comes off the bench.
Let's hope Anthony can ressurrect his game, and maybe even help lead the Rockets to a Championship while he's at it.