Tracy McGrady: Carmelo Anthony should retire
Carmelo Anthony seems done with the Rockets.
Where should the former star go next? Tracy McGrady has a recommendation.
Tracy McGrady says Carmelo Anthony should retire - for his own sake. (Interesting to note that TMac retired at 34, the same age Melo is now & has said that after spending his career as his teams' primary scorer, just hanging around in a player-coach/deep-bench role had no appeal) pic.twitter.com/kew12S9Ift— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) November 13, 2018
For what it’s worth, McGrady talked about coming back in 2014. Maybe he retired too soon. However, he said he’d return only if a team made him its focal point.
Some stars transition well into being a role player. Vince Carter is a prime example.
Others don’t. Anthony seems to fit the latter category.
But that doesn’t mean he should retire.
Anthony shouldn’t worry about McGrady or anyone else struggling to watch him decline. If he wants to keep playing and an NBA team will sign him, Anthony should sign. He doesn’t owe it to us to ensure we feel comfortable with his career. It’s his career.
Besides, Anthony’s legacy will be defined by his time with the Knicks and Nuggets. These late years will be forgotten. McGrady is known for the Magic, Rockets and Raptors. Nobody remembers his time with the Knicks, Pistons, Hawks and Spurs. The Basketball Hall of Fame practically even said his time San Antonio didn’t count!
That said, it might not be Anthony’s call. Maybe there’s a team so desperate for a scoring backup power forward, it’d benefit despite Anthony’s ego and defensive deficiencies. But Anthony might just be finished.
If that’s what NBA teams collectively decide, that’s how it goes.
But whatever say Anthony say still has, he shouldn’t worry about McGrady or any of the many like-minded watchers.