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It has been one of the biggest debates in basketball. Should Carmelo Anthony come off the bench or not?
The basketball star was recently traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks who reached a buy out with Anthony soon afterwards. He will now officially join Chris Paul, James Harden, and his old head coach from the New York Knicks, Mike D’Antoni on the Houston Rockets for what he believes will be a resurgance.
He reveals to Jemele Hill on The Undefeated that he was indeed hurt by much of the criticism of him as a player, and suggestions that he should come off the bench.
“I was more hurt because a lot of people just take the last six months,” he said. “That’s what you start to become. That becomes your story. For me, out of all the work I put in the NBA — wins, losses, points scored, whatever — to be judged off of six months of a year overshadowed 15 years of what you’ve accomplished. That’s the hurtful part.”
For the record. Only he will tell when it is time for himself to come off the bench.
“I know how to play this game of basketball,” he said. “I’ve been playing it for a long time. When I feel like I’m ready to take that role, then I’ll take that role. Only I know when it’s best for me to take that role. I’m not going to do that in a situation where I still know my capabilities and what I can do. And at the end of the day, the people who really matter know my capabilities and what I can still do. You start getting to the media and debates, it’s going to always be kind of back-and-forth.”
What do you think?