Report: ‘Chitter-chatter’ going on behind Carmelo Anthony’s back
Carmelo Anthony, despite barely playing at all last season, continues to be on the forefront of NBA talk this offseason, with speculation running rampant about exactly why he remains without a job.
During a discussion about Anthony’s ongoing purgatory on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman intimated that the onetime superstar may be the victim of a behind-the-scenes smear job.
“I’m hearing that there’s chitter-chatter going on behind Melo’s back,” Smith said, as transcribed by Bleacher Report. “I don’t know from who, but it’s not players. It’s coaches, it’s GMs. And a lot of people don’t realize that sometimes these coaches and GMs have the same reps as one another. So you say, one person could say something, and it can circulate because that clique is intact and they don’t even know whether it’s true or not. They’re just going on word of mouth.”
Kellerman then said, “It doesn’t seem like Carmelo deserves to have his reputation smeared behind the scenes. If that’s what’s keeping him out of the league it doesn’t appear to me to be fair.”
Smith responded to that suggestion by simply saying, “Right.”
A perception has developed around Anthony’s continued unemployment that suggests LeBron James should be able to get his longtime pal a spot on a roster, perhaps even with the Los Angeles Lakers. Smith touched upon that notion during Thursday’s program.
.@stephenasmith thinks LeBron should use his clout to get Melo on an NBA roster pic.twitter.com/APrzUURIDb— First Take (@FirstTake) August 22, 2019
Former NBA player Royce White, now playing in the BIG3, recently blasted James over the Anthony situation. In response, Kendrick Perkins, a former teammate of James, took issue with the developing narrative.
How do you know Bron haven’t went to the Lakers and told them to sign Melo? I’ve witnessed GMs Tell Bron no several times! Bron tried to get Melo in Cleveland and the Cavs told him no!— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) August 21, 2019
How everything shakes out for Anthony and whether he finds a job in the NBA remains to be seen. Perhaps James will exert his influence to help out his friend. Then again, perhaps not. Whatever the case, the gasoline Smith and Kellerman threw on the fire certainly adds another layer to the intrigue.