After signing to play for the Houston Rockets during the 2018-2019 season, it would take only 10 games for the franchise to realize that this wasn’t a good fit at all.
Melo wouldn’t see the court anymore that season as no team elected to pick him up.
There seems to be a reason for that and Chauncey Billups has the answer as to why. Watch as the former NBA point guard explains in perfect detail as to why Melo is not currently on an NBA roster.
“Scoring 30 meant too much to Melo,” his former Knicks and Nuggets teammate, Chauncey Billups, said in a recent appearance on SiriusXM Radio. “He could have games where he had 20 or 22, and he’s mad. He might have 36, and we lose the game, and he’s in there picking everybody up.
“But I think now, you fast forward the tape, and the reason why he’s not in the league — and I think he’s still worthy — is he hasn’t mentally taken that step back to say, ‘OK. I’ll come in and play against backups. I’ll try to help the team out. I know I won’t be able to close, but I just want to help.’ Well, he’s not there yet.”
It seems as if Melo is going through what Allen Iverson went through when he just couldn’t see himself as a bench player and ultimately ended his career a little earlier than he probably wanted to.