Carmelo Anthony pens thank you letter to Thunder organization, fans
Carmelo Anthony spent one season with the Oklahoma City Thunder and it did not go as the veteran expected or hoped.
After officially signing with the Houston Rockets on Monday, Anthony released a heartfelt letter expressing gratitude to the Oklahoma City Thunder organization and its fans despite his time being brief and the results relatively disappointing.
The letter penned by Anthony was published on Tuesday by The Oklahoman.
“Thank You, OKC.
“I know it was only one season, but from the time I arrived in OKC, I was greeted with so much love from The Team, The Organization, and of course the INCREDIBLE fans of this amazing city. Throughout the entire season, game after game, you cheered me on and rooted for us as a team. That is something I will always cherish and never forget. That genuine support kept me going all season long.
“IN LIFE, I’ve learned that things don’t always turn out how you want. I wanted nothing more than to make it work here & help bring this city a championship. I’m sorry it didn’t work out while I was here.
“Thank you to Russ, PG, Sam Presti, Coach Billy Donovan, my trainers and the entire staff who work so hard and diligently at Chesapeake Energy Arena and the practice facility. I appreciate you all very much. Last but not least, Thank You to (Thunder part-owner and chairman) Mr. (Clay) Bennett for believing in me.
“This chapter of my career may be coming to an end but my story is far from over.
The 34-year-old superstar’s brief tenure in Oklahoma City was indeed disappointing — Anthony stated it “wasn’t a good fit” — 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 can acclimate to playing third fiddle to Chris Paul and James Harden. Further, it remains unclear whether or not Anthony starts or comes off the bench with Houston, which will go a long way in determining Anthony’s fit.