Carmelo Anthony will be opting out of his current contract with the New York Knicks this summer to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. But a Hall of Famer has some interesting advice for ‘Melo.
“I would leave today [if I were Carmelo],” NBA legend Oscar Roberston said on SiriusXM NBA radio Thursday. “Let me tell you why: wherever that kid has gone, when he was at Denver, they had a team that fooled around with the ball, fooled around with the ball, then all of the sudden when they needed a basket, threw it to Carmelo. Then, when he shot the ball, they said he shot too much. Then when he didn’t shoot they said he didn’t shoot enough.
“No matter what he does in New York they’re going to criticize him, the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on [the Knicks] that cannot play. You got guys that are hurt all the time.”
That wasn’t all the advice Robertson had for Anthony. Robertson also believes that if Carmelo took his talents to Houston join Dwight Howard and James Harden, the Rockets would be unstoppable.
“If he goes to Houston, they’re gonna win everything,” Robertson told host Spike Lee. “You look at LeBron, LeBron’s got a great game and the kid down at Oklahoma, [Kevin] Durant’s got a great game — they can’t out-shoot Carmelo.
I’ve seen him in a lot of basketball games over the years and I’m telling you right now the kid, he just can get that shot away. Now he’s gotten smarter, he’s going to the basket a lot. But what gets me is that everyone thinks that everything that happens bad is his fault.”
On paper, a combination of Anthony-Howard-Harden would be tough to beat and might even be more appealing than the trio down in Miami. But there would be some issues.
Both Anthony and Harden are ball dominant players, and Harden is a budding star that may be unwilling to relinquish some of his high usage in the Rockets offense at this point. And Howard tends to sulk when he doesn’t get a lot of touches in the post, which definite would dwindle were Anthony, one the NBA’s most notorious isolation players, to come on board.
I think Anthony should bolt New York just as much as Robertson, but I don’t think Houston would be the best fit for his game. With free agency less than two months away, Carmelo Anthony Free Agency Watch will be on high alert until then.
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