Mr.Criticized. “Loser”, “Can’t lead team to a championship”, “Does not try on defense” “Shot Chucker”, “Disappointment”. Carmelo has had to deal with these criticisms through his entire stint with the Knicks.
Going back to the star-studded 2003 NBA draft, legends to be such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Carmelo Anthony, were on full display. The Detroit Pistons were fresh off a 50-32 season and were the owners of the second pick due to a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. The team should have been a dynasty. They had Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, and Tayshaun Prince. Somehow, someway, Joe Dumars selected Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony would fall to the third overall pick in the draft, sending him to the 17-65 Denver Nuggets.
In the 2008-2009 season Melo had a roster around him that could compete for a title, in Allen Iverson, J.R. Smith, Nene Hilario, etc. The Nuggets went 54-28, but unceremoniously went on to lose to Kobe Bryant and his Los Angeles Lakers.
Next Carmelo Anthony would make the biggest mistake of his career; he requested a trade to the New York Knicks. A proven prolific scorer, Carmelo Anthony landed on a team that got swept in the first round of the playoffs just two years later. Melo was torn to shreds by the media despite having incompetent management behind the scenes.
Currently, Carmelo Anthony has a no trade clause and is desperate to be traded to the better equipped Houston Rockets, featuring Chris Paul and James Harden. Melo is a 23 point a game scorer who is treated by NBA media like a bust.
Carmelo Anthony used to struggle greatly on defense while on the Nuggets, but has since made great strides with the Knicks. As it now stands, Anthony is a versatile scorer who has worked tirelessly to improve his presence in the post. Melo has been a class act for the Knicks, and despite James Dolan and Phil Jackson selling him out, Melo has kept his problems with the Knicks behind closed doors. Anthony has represented the Knicks under the bright lights, and blaming the Knicks’ incompetence on Melo is ludacris.
Of course Melo has his shortcomings, but no one should discredit his ability to be a useful piece on a championship team. One of the best scorers of our generation has never won a title. Some people believe that Anthony has a chance to rejuvenate his career when he gets traded to the Rockets or maybe even the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is always going to have many haters, but he is in a prime place for success moving forward, and should be excited to prove the media wrong.
A story this offseason has been about the amount of hours “Hoodie Melo” has spent in the gym improving his game. Anthony is clearly playing with a chip on his shoulder this year, and the rest of the NBA should certainly be weary.