Nothing is official yet, but Carmelo Anthony is not expected to be a member of the Houston Rockets for much longer. The embattled veteran's time in the NBA seems to be winding down as well once the Rockets make the official announcement.
And yet, we have people feeling bad for Melo? Sure, it's been a rough few years for the 10-time All-Star, but are we going to act like this is a travesty for the veteran? Is it difficult for people to understand that he may no longer have a place in this league?
If we're to go by media reports and other buzz, which everyone will call "fake news" anyway if they disagree with it, Melo has largely been a headache wherever he's gone. But, sure, he deserves better than "this."
Melo deserves better than this.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 12, 2018
What is "this"? Losing your job because you're no longer good?
Let's start at the beginning.
Melo forced a trade out of Denver instead of waiting a few months to become a free agent. Not only that, but he forced the team that was trading for him to give up a ton of assets, which ultimately set them back in their pursuit to build a formidable squad around him. Legendary coach George Karl has also been a vocal critic of Melo during his time in Denver, and while Karl has been a controversial figure himself, typically one of the better coaches in NBA history would have little reason to put one of his best players on blast.
Then, when Anthony finally arrived back home in the Big Apple with the Knicks, he was hardly a good teammate or leader. He ran head coach Mike D'Antoni and star point guard Jeremy Lin out of town. He had ONE season where he led New York to more than 42 wins, which came in 2012-2013 before the Knicks were embarrassed by the Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
After that year, the Knicks had four straight losing seasons with him. Melo was always unable to do it by himself and that much was clear given he was, and still is, a one-dimensional player that refuses to refine his game or adapt with the times.
His defense was never good. He's averaged 19 shots and three assists per game for his CAREER, further exploiting his selfishness and lack of efficiency on offense. He shoots 34.7 percent from three (league average is typically around 35.5 percent) and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line. Hardly numbers to rave about.
And if we needed more evidence of his problematic presence on an NBA roster, when he was traded to the OKC Thunder, they got considerably worse when he was on the floor. Not only that, but he reportedly feuded with the team over his role, claiming he wouldn't be a bench player (which was supposedly an issue before he joined the Rockets too).
Then came his time in Houston. In 29 minutes per game so far, he's shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from three, and 68.2 percent from the free-throw line. He's averaging 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists. There's just not much to defend there. He's not the reason for their struggles, but he's certainly not helping.
He got paid and treated like a superstar in his career, but he was far from it. While his scoring was once electric, there was nothing else to supplement the idea that Melo was truly a top player in the game, given the scope of what a leader and superstar should be by today's standards. He only has the money to show for it, earning $232 million throughout his time in the NBA, and that's just with his salary from the league.
Outside of that, he has no rings. He's made it past the first round of the playoffs twice. He has one scoring title, which is pretty much the highlight of his NBA career. He was a controversial figure at every stop in his career.
LeBron and D-Wade are standing up for their friend, but it's probably best they're honest with themselves and sit this one out.