Carmelo Makes It Clear He’s Not Coming Off The Bench For Any Team
In the midst of a down season with the OKC Thunder, many fans pleaded for Carmelo Anthony to move on to the next phase of his career and come off the bench to make things work.
He wouldn’t bite and the Thunder’s season would come to a crashing end in the first round against the Utah Jazz.
Now that he’s traded and seemingly on his way to the Houston Rockets, he’s making it clear he’s not coming off the bench for anyone until he’s ready to do so.
Anthony said Wednesday, per Jemele Hill of The Undefeated:
“One of the moments that stood out from the Thunder’s tumultuous season was Anthony laughing when he was asked if he’d ever consider coming off the bench. For some, that was just the latest evidence of Melo’s selfishness.
But Pissed Off Melo has a message for you.
“I know how to play this game of basketball,” he said. “I’ve been playing it for a long time. When I feel like I’m ready to take that role, then I’ll take that role. Only I know when it’s best for me to take that role. I’m not going to do that in a situation where I still know my capabilities and what I can do.
And at the end of the day, the people who really matter know my capabilities and what I can still do. You start getting to the media and debates, it’s going to always be kind of back-and-forth.”
The 10-time All-Star has started all 1,054 games he has played in the NBA and despite his career-low 16.2 points per game and 40.4 field-goal percentage — Carmelo is determined to fight anyone who tries to get him to play a bench role.
Houston, you may have a problem…