Carmelo Anthony: ‘Quite impossible’ to win on your own
Carmelo Anthony said he didn’t want to leave the Nuggets.
Anthony primarily cited Denver’s plan to rebuild after making the 2009 Western Conference finals for forcing his hand.
But Anthony also spoke about how conditions changed around the NBA. When he entered the league, he felt empowered by the Nuggets. As he saw it: LeBron James had the Cavaliers. Dwyane Wade had the Heat. Chris Bosh had the Raptors. And he had Denver
Anthony on “All The Smoke":
By 2010, LeBron, Wade and Bosh were all together in Miami. Early the next year, Anthony forced his way to the Knicks to join Amar’e Stoudemire and the hope of another star taking New York’s cap space.
Stoudemire declined amid injuries. Another indisputable star never came (though Tyson Chandler made an All-Star game). And Anthony’s Knicks topped out in the second round.
Now, Anthony plays with LeBron, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook on the Lakers.
“On your own” is certainly open to interpretation. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday are darned good players.
But does Antetokounmpo’s title really not fit what Anthony meant?