Carmelo Anthony on ‘rough patch’: ‘What am I doing wrong?’
Carmelo Anthony is in his fifth full season as a member of the New York Knicks organization and while citing the past three years as a “rough patch,” the superstar is left wondering what went wrong.
Anthony was asked on Friday is he is envious that three of his closest pals in the NBA — LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade — all play on teams that have been championship contenders in recent seasons.
“I don’t think envy is the right word, but I do look at my peers and say, damn, what am I doing wrong?’’ he said, via the New York Post. “I should be there. There was one point they were looking at me like that. I made it 10 years straight.”
Anthony made the playoffs the first 10 seasons of his career, albeit eight of those came with the Denver Nuggets.
“Right now it’s a rough patch for me,” he continued. “I’m trying to figure out a way to get out of that.”
It’s reasonable to assume that his comments entail playing out the string of another disappointing season and hoping the Knicks can retool and reload and hope for a more successful campaign next season.
After all, Anthony said he had no plans to waive his no-trade clause at the deadline last month after deciding to put his “trust in the Knicks and trust in Phil [Jackson].”
At 25-37, the Knicks are in the throes of yet another lost season, with the death rattle arriving amid a stretch where the team now has lost 15 of its last 18 games.
Anthony has had some ups and downs this week on a more personal level as well, including skipping out on the Knicks’ annual charity bowling event — “I had something to do with the family,” he said — as well as the kerfuffle that ensued after he delivered a snarky comeback to a heckler during Tuesday’s blowout loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks issued an apology on his behalf the next day, although Anthony indicated it was not his decision to do so.
It’s been a tumultuous week for Anthony, to be sure. But despite it all, it appears the superstar is committed to sticking it out and hoping for the best.
“It’s been trying,’’ he said. “For me to just remain sane and remain positive through the entire situation is definitely challenging from that standpoint. It was a test to me if I could get through this and stay strong through this situation and whole process. It has been challenging.’’