Carmelo Anthony needs little if any introduction. The future Hall of Famer is an NCAA champion, a 10-time All-Star, and perhaps most importantly a 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist. When you look back, crunch the numbers and add all his career accomplishments, Melo has undoubtedly proved the worth of his basketball stock.
That being said, Carmelo has had a couple of rough years, bouncing from one team to another, trying hard to return to the glory days and ultimately not accepting his new role. I'm sure many Knick fans would argue that he's been on a decline after the 2015/16 season and hasn't been able to recover since.
Chauncey Billups, Carmelo's former teammate from the Denver days, joined SiriusXM NBA Radio's set from Summer League in Las Vegas and shared his thoughts on why Melo is not in the league anymore.
Melo was a good teammate, man. Melo practiced every day; he didn't miss any games. Now, the only thing I will say, and I even told Melo this — scoring 30 meant too much to Melo. It meant to0 much. Because could have games when he had 20, 22, we win, and he's mad. He might have 36, we lose the game, and he's in there picking everybody up. Scoring 30 meant to much.
"But I think now, when you fast forward the tape and the reason why he's not in the league, because he's still worthy, is he hasn't mentally taken that step back and say — OK I'm coming to play against backups, I'll try to help the team out, I just want to help."
Some of you may be surprised by Chauncey's frankness, but I think this is exactly what Carmelo needed to hear. You're not going to bounce back to having an All-Star season after you haven't done anything in years, plus you're 35. Accept your role and try to be happy with the fact that you can still play quality minutes in the best league in the world.