Forget a farewell tour, Carmelo Anthony would be lucky to find himself on an NBA roster again. The 35-year-old forward has not returned to the league since overstaying his welcome with the Rockets after 10 games.
But does Carmelo deserve another chance? Does he deserve a farewell tour?
According to Stephen A Smith, the answer is no.
No doubt, Anthony is not on the same level as Dwyane Wade socially or statistically. Wade, a 13x All-Star, is widely considered the third-best shooting guard ever, and he has more than enough to show for it, including 8 All-NBA selections, 3 NBA Championships, and a Finals MVP.
As for Carmelo, his reputation as a ball-stopping one-dimensional player have not done well for his career. He has never had postseason success and has always been scrutinized for his play-style.
Then again, Anthony is amongst the greatest scorers the game has ever seen. An argument could be made that he deserves some recognition for the end of his journey.
Last season, Melo averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, and .5 assists per game on 40% shooting. With his career in doubt, there is no telling what the future might hold in store for the former scoring champ.