Carmelo Anthony was traded earlier this week to the Atlanta Hawks, but after a buyout, it looks like he's probably going to land with the Houston Rockets. Anthony, who is still one of the best scorers in the NBA, will be teaming up with Chris Paul and James Harden in an attempt to take down the Golden State Warriors.
What will his role look like on the Rockets? That remains to be seen - but if you think he's going to accept coming off the bench, think again. Anthony, in an interview with ESPN's Jemele Hill this week, made it clear that he's not "ready" to become a second unit player.
You've heard this story before, right? Yup - it was essentially the same thing he said when he was asked by reporters ahead of last season whether he'd be willing to come off the bench for the Thunder.
Anthony's quote sure makes it seem like he has no interest in a coach telling him when his time has come to become a bench player. It looks like he wants to be the one to make that call.
“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.”
Anthony averaged the worst numbers of his career last year, despite starting for the Thunder. It's hard to see him improving a year later (and older.) That said, you never know. Sometimes playing with a new group of players can make all the difference.
Either way, this season will be fascinating. Anthony has never won an NBA title, and he clearly wants to change that as soon as possible.