Carmelo Anthony inadvertently caught some shrapnel this week during an ongoing war of words between Dillon Brooks of the Memphis Grizzlies and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.
Brooks, a scrappy role player, has been feeling some type of way over the last few days because of the dismissive way Green has regarded him.
In addition to that, Ja Morant’s ongoing woes have put the 27-year-old on his back foot.
All that culminated in Brooks taking an unnecessary shot at Anthony after being asked whether the Grizzlies needed more veterans on the roster to help keep their emotions in check.
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“Who do you want to sign?” Brooks wondered.
“You wanna sign Carmelo? You wanna sign Dwight? Those guys are trying get back into the league. They’re not trying to hone in on a guy and be a vet. A real vet is like Udonis Haslem.”
Anthony saw that jab and took to social media to respond.
“Please keep me out of it RESPECTFULLY,” he wrote.
Brooks’ shot at Anthony was wholly unnecessary, especially given the fact that unlike certain other veterans, Anthony never even said anything about Memphis to begin with.
Fortunately, it’s not all bad news for Anthony. At least two teams are said to be interested in bringing him onboard ahead of the NBA playoffs – with one clear frontrunner taking an extra hard look.
There is a nonzero chance that Anthony will get another chance to win that ever-elusive championship ring before it’s all said and done.
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 12, 2023
Brooks has a lot of spunk, and that is what Memphis needs from him. But you can do all that and still be respectful.
That is what Brooks doesn’t seem to get.
Hopefully at some point in the foreseeable future Brooks will mature and grow up enough to know that he doesn’t need to take legends like Anthony down in order to lift himself up.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.