The new NBA season is here and teams are gearing up for a long season and a possible long playoff run. Everybody, except Carmelo Anthony.
Despite a number of current and former NBA veterans showing support for Melo, he still remains on the outside looking in. The latest players to speak out in favor of the 10-time All Star are Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, both of whom spoke about the perceived disrespect he has been receiving around the league.
During a recent episode of their “All the Smoke” podcast, Jackson spoke on teams across the league having been informed, “Do not fuck with Carmelo.”
“It’s a mass text that’s sent out to every team, every team’s CC’d, ‘Don’t fuck with him.’ It happened to A.I. It happened to me. It happened to a lot of guys and it’s definitely happening to Melo.”
“If anybody today said Melo is not better than 60% of the players in the NBA right now, they’re a damn liar. And it’s personal. Melo definitely belongs in the NBA and he definitely got blackballed, it ain’t a secret man.”
Barnes adds, “To me, he’s probably the most disrespected Hall of Fame player we’ve seen on the way out.”