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Carmelo Anthony Getting Crushed For Quotes In Jemele Hill Article

carmelo anthony at a thunder press conference

We hadn't heard much directly from Carmelo Anthony during his tumultuous off-season, until this morning. The 10-time All-Star forward spoke at a private Nike event on Wednesday night, which was documented by ESPN's Jemele Hill. He discussed his Oklahoma City Thunder tenure, and what lies ahead.

As with many things having to do with Carmelo, the feedback has been less than complimentary.

There are two major portions of the interview that are drawing criticism, fairly or unfairly. The first has to do with the process with which he is moving from Oklahoma City to Atlanta to, presumably, Houston.

The splashy quote is "If something doesn't work, go ahead and get a buyout." In full context, however, Anthony was explaining that he was resistant to just take a buyout and basically admit that his year with the Thunder was less than a success.

"To get bought out, to get waived, you were looked at like, you're done," said Anthony, who was in Washington, D.C., to attend a private Nike event Wednesday night. "Now, it's just almost like the norm. If something doesn't work, go ahead and get a buyout or go ahead and get traded. That's the new norm in our society in basketball. I had to get over that.

"I had a conversation with my wife and family. I said to them, I'm not taking no buyout. I'm not getting waived. And they said, at the end of the day, nobody is going to know that. You have to do what you have to do. It's going to be a blip on your radar. It's on to the next chapter. It took me a while to get to that point where I'm like, OK, I'm going to accept it."

Perhaps the more legitimate gripes are with Carmelo Anthony's explanation as to why the year with the Thunder went poorly.

'Melo was traded in September, and says that the quick turnaround didn't give him time to gel with Russell Westbrook and Paul George. A number of people are saying that he's making excuses for his poor season.

"At the end of the day, it wasn't a good fit," he said. "I think last year -- and I haven't talked about this before -- everything was just so rushed, going to the team for media day and the day before training camp. Them guys already had something in place, and then I come along in the 25th hour like, oh s---, Melo just come on and join us. Like, you can figure it out since you've been around the game for a long time. That's why it was so inconsistent. At times, I had to figure it out on my own rather than somebody over there or people over there helping me."

It was definitely a quick turnaround, but for a player of Carmelo's caliber, one would think he could figure things out over the course of a full season. Instead, he had what was likely the worst year of his career.

As the article makes the rounds, Carmelo is facing serious criticism on Twitter:

For the Rockets' sake, hopefully Carmelo Anthony fits in better alongside friend Chris Paul and MVP James Harden. Many are very skeptical that he'll even be an upgrade over Trevor Ariza, who left the team this off-season, signing a one-year deal with the Phoenix Suns.

[ESPN]