Carmelo Anthony is widely regarded as one of the best players of his generation, but that distinction hasn’t done much for him this season.
Following a not-particularly-bad run with the Los Angeles Lakers last year, Anthony has struggled to find a new home.
There were some murmurs about an opportunity developing in recent weeks, but thus far nothing has materialized.
On Monday, following the Phoenix Suns’ game against the New York Knicks, Anthony’s good friend Chris Paul spoke out about him being unable to get a second chance in the league this year.
“Melo is one of the best to ever to play the game,” Paul said this week, per the New York Daily News.
“I’m obviously biased and hope he’s in the league soon because somebody of that caliber, with that ability, with the heart that he has, and the stuff he’s done for the game — he should be able to walk off the court when he’s ready.”
Last year Anthony put up 13.3 points per game on 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 37.5 percent shooting from three. Those numbers are roughly similar to what he put up with the Portland Trail Blazers one season prior, but apparently that consistency doesn’t mean much to squads around the league.
There is obviously a certain amount of groupie drama and female issues that accompany Anthony wherever he goes, but not anything too excessive. Certainly not enough to clarify why he is having so much trouble finding work.
Early last summer it seemed like there were two teams with legitimate interest in Anthony. For whatever reason, they never pulled the trigger on him. And then as quickly as the interest developed, it went away.
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The NBA season is a long one and there is still a chance someone will bring Anthony in to serve in a reserve capacity.
That is what happened during his run with the Blazers.
Even if he doesn’t play another moment in the league, though – Anthony’s Hall of Fame credentials are beyond reproach at this point.
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