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Amar'e Stoudemire Subtly Backs up Chauncey Billups' Carmelo Anthony Comments

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Carmelo Anthony #7 and Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks wait for play to resume during the second quarter against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on December 8, 2013 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Despite the fact that he's a future Hall of Famer, Carmelo Anthony is currently out of a job, and has been ever since his failed experiment as a Houston Rocket came crashing to a close.

Melo's selfish style of play was once again put in the national spotlight when former running mate Chauncey Billups claimed that scoring 30 points a game "meant too much" to him, and that he would be upset after wins in which he didn't score a ton of points. And it's worth noting Amar'e Stoudemire, with whom Melo teamed up in New York, doesn't seem to think Billups is talking nonsense.

Even though Melo was never a great defensive player or passer, he spent years shooting and scoring at an above-average level. Sadly, he never appeared to be willing to accept that his days as a No. 1 option (or even a No. 2 or No. 3) are over with. That's brought us where we are today.

That stubbornness and hard-headed nature has made finding work had for Anthony. If he can have that long talk in the mirror with himself and recalibrate, maybe he'll make it back to the league. But until then, nobody has any reason to take a chance on him.

It's all on him. Melo can wise up to the current state of affairs or he can remain a free agent. There really is no middle ground.