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Chauncey Billups Gives Harsh Take On Carmelo Anthony

“I feel bad for Melo, and here’s why."

July 11, 2019 - 2:59 pm

Former NBA scoring champ and 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony was waived early last season by the Houston Rockets and hasn't played since. At 35, his career may well be over. 

Chauncey Billups, Anthony's teammate with the Nuggets and the Knicks, is here to explain why. 

It's not that Anthony doesn't have any game left. It's not necessarily that he doesn't want to play. 

It's that, well, he's still unwilling to put the team before himself. 

Asked in an interview Wednesday why Anthony remains unsigned, Billups had this to say: 

“I feel bad for Melo, and here’s why. Melo was a good teammate, man. Melo practiced every day. He didn’t miss any games. Now, the only thing I will say—and I’ve even told Melo this—scoring 30 meant too much to Melo. It meant too much. Because he could have games where he had 20, 22, we’d win and he’s mad. He might have 36, we lose the game, and he’s in there picking everybody up. Scoring 30 meant too much.

“But, I think now, you fast forward the tape, and the reason he’s not in the league—because he’s still worthy—he hasn’t mentally taken that step back to say, ‘Okay, I’ll come in and play against back-ups. I’ll try to help the team out. I know I might not be able to close, but I just want to help the team out. He’s not there yet.”

Harsh but honest words from Billups, who never cared all that much about scoring himself.