ESPN’s Chris Broussard interviewed four anonymous NBA executives on their opinion on New York Knick’s star Carmelo Anthony. The results are exactly what you thought they’d be.
First, the bright side. One executive labels Melo as a “winner” but believed he developed too many bad habits early on in his career.
I like Melo. I like that he competes. He obviously can score at a high level. People forget that when he got drafted by Denver, the Nuggets had won 17 games the year before. And he immediately turned them into a playoff team and took them to the playoffs every year he was there. He took a 17-win team and led them to 43 wins. So he can win and make a team better. I think his problem is that he went to Denver, which was a dysfunctional franchise at that time, so he picked up some bad habits and didn’t learn what it takes to really win in this league. If he had gone to a better organization with a truly professional environment coming out of the gate, he would have learned and been more professional. He won big in college (leading Syracuse to the National Championship in 2003). He won big in high school at Oak Hill. He’s been a winner all his life.
The others were far less complimentary of Melo’s ability and/or his future in the league.
He’s a great player, but he’s also a selfish player. That’s just how he is. I don’t think he’ll look at himself in the mirror and say, “What am I not doing? What am I doing that’s keeping us from winning?”
Executive No. 3:
I actually think that, for whatever reason, Melo’s always gotten a pass. At the end of the day, he’s been in the league long enough where, if he was really a winner and about winning, he’d have figured it out by now. He’s had enough time to do that now.
Executive No. 4:
I love him as a player. I just don’t think he’s your alpha male. He can’t be your No. 1 guy. He’s kind of like Clyde Drexler. As the alpha male in Portland, Clyde never got over the top. But when he went to Houstonand was the No. 2 guy to Hakeem Olajuwon, he won. Melo’s too much about himself to be the No. 1 guy.
Again, it’s pretty easy to trash Carmelo Anthony right now, when his Knicks aren’t playing particularly well. But, honestly, is Melo still a top-5 player? Top-10? I’m not that sure anymore.
[H/T Bleacher Report]