"Like, I think it was the last team I met with because I knew that I was ready to move on from that situation because of what I was dealing with and going through in NY". "He's desperate and he's begging people to put him back in the league and it feels beneath a player that great". I'm doing everything I've got to do - never miss a practice, did all my work, I was real professional with everybody there. I did what I had to do. "I did my work". But he came in and said, 'Look, your services are no longer needed, ' and I'm like, 'What the hell are you talking about?' He's like, 'Nah, things are just not working out and you gotta figure out what you gotta figure out, something to do.' I'm like, 'How am I gonna figure out something to do?
Anthony said being told by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that he was being let go was a shock. What can we do to fix this? NY wouldn't come close to the playoffs for the rest of Anthony's tenure but ironically had two Bulls players in Rose and Noah join their team in 2016. I didn't like how that went down. He hasn't played in another National Basketball Association game since. It was indeed a very emotional interview. "But, I got to a point in Houston where I can accept that, I'm going to do that". I know still can play. My peers know I can still play. "I don't think it's about basketball anymore".
"I wasn't willing to accept [coming off the bench]", he said.
The hour-long interview touched on and answered numerous questions Anthony supporters have desperately wanted the answers to.
The way the league is treating Melo reminds me of how they treated Allen Iverson. I believed in what I was seeing, what was told to me, I believed what was told to me, and I was naive to anything else. "I felt like [what] other people go through on a day-to-day basis". Nobody else wanted that. I met with New York (Knicks) last. I was putting all the chips on everybody else.
Anthony could be referencing several things here, from former teammate Chauncey Billups' comments about him, to not being invited to Team USA despite many stars opting not to participate this summer in the FIBA World Cup. Anthony said that it was just an idea and he chose Denver because he likes being there. When asked if he would want to play in Los Angeles with LeBron, he said, "1,000 percent".
Let's admit it he isn't the 20-year-old, with cornrows straight from Syracuse, but he's a 35-year-old that could give your second unit a boost and drop 15 in his sleep.
Anthony remains a free agent after a fast and furious National Basketball Association free agency period despite showing tell-tale signs of retirement.
Despite not appreciating much what Billups said, Anthony said that he did take it as a "learning tool" and that the only issue for him about it was the timing.