Carmelo Anthony weighs in on future, Thunder not being ‘a good fit’
Carmelo Anthony has opened up about his disappointing one-season stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying things did not work out because it “wasn’t a good fit.”
Anthony, who was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks in an enormous cost-saving move, among other reasons, for the Thunder, believes the timing was not right, either.
“At the end of the day, it wasn’t a good fit,” Anthony told ESPN’s Jemele Hill. “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 (expletive), 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.”
Anthony’s time with the Hawks will be but a pit-stop before he’s cut loose via buyout and becomes a free agent. The expectation is that Anthony ultimately will join the Houston Rockets.
“Obviously, we’re just trying to figure it out,” Anthony said coyly. “Everybody knows about the trade to Atlanta. I think everything is trying to get cleared right now. I’ll let the people do what they do. I just sit back and when the time comes, and the call gets made, we’ll make that move.”
Anthony believes his current situation represents the “new norm” in the NBA and that he just had to “get over that.”
The 34-year-old superstar’s brief tenure in Oklahoma City was indeed disappointing, as he posted a career-low 16.2 points in his 78 games while trying to fit in on a team that boasted fellow ball-dependent players Paul George and Russell Westbrook.
It will be interesting to see if Anthony acclimates to playing third fiddle yet again, this time to Chris Paul and James Harden, if he indeed joins the Rockets.