The news broke early Monday afternoon that Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony had been named Western Conference Player of the Week. It was shocking to say the least. Anthony went from out of the league, to one of the best stories in basketball. However, as the ol' saying goes, "haters gonna hate."
There is a camp among NBA fans that still thinks Melo is washed. That still thinks he can't help a team. That thinks he is a black hole on the court. Despite him proving them wrong in his first six games with the Blazers, those who don't believe are stuck in their ways.
Enter NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe.
On Tuesday's episode of Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, Sharpe voiced his displeasure with Anthony gaining the honor.
"I'm glad Melo's back," Sharpe said. "I really hope he has found a home now and he can play as long as he wants to play. But Carmelo Anthony didn't deserve this award."
Sharpe was less upset that Melo won, and more offended that James Harden did not. Harden dropped 60 points in a win over the Hawks and has been nearly unstoppable all season. Over his last 10 games, Harden is averaging 40.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 7.5 assists. Perhaps Sharpe has a point.
But as his partner Skip Bayless said, "It's player of the week. Not an MVP."
Anthony is the best story in basketball. He has reignited the Blazers. He has helped lead them on a three-game win streak and potentially turned the season around. Some things just don't show up on the box score, Shannon.
"I'm glad Melo's back. I really hope that he's found a home now and can play as long as he wants, but Melo didn't deserve this award. For the week in which he won that award, James Harden averaged 42 points with 8 assists." — @ShannonSharpe pic.twitter.com/L8ls7BeHSN— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) December 3, 2019