Carmelo Anthony is one of the best basketball players of the last 15 years, but at the moment, no team seems to be willing to take a chance on him. Friday, he went on ESPN's First Take with Stephen A. Smith to hash out his feelings on the matter.
In short, Anthony says he does not want to retire. He says he contemplated it at one point, but ultimately realized he loves the game too much. He also said he believes that it was "more than basketball" that led to him being benched by the Houston Rockets just 10 games into the season.
Anthony said he wants to sign with an NBA team, but that his goal is to win a championship. He also said that he wants to play on the court for whatever team takes a shot on him.
Anthony said that while he was initially unwilling to take a back seat, he now understands that he needs to do what's best for his career.
Here's a portion of what he had to say when asked to assess how good of a player he still is:
"I did at that point in time, I was like 'I don't want to do this no more. I don't want to deal with the politics of playing a sport that I love.' I feel like the game didn't love me back at one point - at that point in time.
...I felt like I loved the game more than the game loved me. At that point, that was my emotions. Now, I love the game too much to be away from it. I just love the game. I do everything - I train the young guys. I'm training myself. I'm in it now. I've got a new life about me. It took me a while to get out of that situation emotionally."
It remains to be seen if Anthony's career will resume in the NBA. It's clear he's trying to clear the air on his reputation. We'll see if it works.