Dwyane Wade adds his voice to support Carmelo Anthony; Says ‘Melo still has a lot to offer
Yet another NBA superstar has added his voice to the narrative that is pushing for Carmelo Anthony being signed by a team. The player in question is none other than Dwyane Wade.
Wade is a good friend of Carmelo Anthony and is one of the many individuals who are wondering why the 10-time All-Star remains unemployed. This is especially true since players like Jared Dudley has already been signed.
“[Carmelo Anthony] is a brother of mine and a great friend, and I’m just very disappointed that he’s not in the NBA because he doesn’t deserve that as a person. ‘Melo is one of the best individual people I know and a lot of people don’t know that because things that have been said about him in the past,” Wade said via LA Times.
Carmelo Anthony’s career supposedly being assassinated
Wade is referring to the narrative that’s been floating around the league, claiming that Carmelo Anthony isn’t willing to take on a lesser role for a team. Just last week, David Aldridge of The Athletic asked coaches and executives about the situation, and they pretty much said the same thing.
This is despite the fact that Carmelo Anthony said in his interview with Stephen A. Smith that he’s willing to come off the bench. Smith himself offered an interesting theory why the veteran remains without a team, while other less talented players have been signed.
The NBA pundit posits that Carmelo Anthony’s career is being assassinated in the shadows by several coaches and general managers in the league. The narrative on that also revolves around ‘Melo’s inability to be a role player rather than a team’s main option as an offensive threat.
Chauncey Billups support Carmelo Anthony’s unwillingness to be a role player
Carmelo Anthony’s former teammate Chauncey Billups also spoke about the matter when he sat down with SiriusXM NBA Radio last July. Billups said that ‘Melo has a tendency to be upset when he scores 20 or 22 points even though his team is victorious at the end. But when he manages to get 36 points or more, he’ll be there to cheer everybody up, despite his team losing to the opposition.
With the NBA preseason starting soon, Carmelo Anthony’s hope of playing with an NBA team becomes slimmer by the day. But that doesn’t stop him from staying in shape and making sure his skills remain sharp. For weeks, videos of ‘Melo has been making their rounds on the web showing him practicing with superstars like James Harden and Danny Green. But so far, it seems that no team has been impressed with what they’ve seen.