Blazers news: Carmelo Anthony not bitter at Rockets, but has yet to receive explanation for exit
Carmelo Anthony has yet to have a conversation with anyone in the Houston Rockets but claims he’s not bitter at the situation anymore after getting another shot at NBA life with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Yet the perennial scoring machine hopes he would have some explanation for why his stint in Clutch City ended after only 10 games in the 2018-19 season.
“I haven’t talked to nobody in their organization, no,” Anthony told ESPN’s Nick Friedell. “I’m not angry, I’m not bitter at it. It happens. I wish I had an explanation when it happened, but I’m past it.”
Anthony went to Chris Paul shortly after his exile from the Rockets to get some clarity in the matter, but Paul noted he was just as blindsided as Melo was in that situation. Having cleared the air, Melo wasn’t surprised the Rockets pulled off the same move on their star point guard, soon after trading him to the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire Russell Westbrook.
Paul recently told The Undefeated that general manager Daryl Morey had told him he wasn’t going to be traded to OKC — something that didn’t turn out a few days later with no third team willing to haul in Paul in the deal.
Anthony has found a way to make peace with his 2018-19 outcome, but it might take Paul some time to make peace with his.
“Well, nobody has an answer, right?” said Anthony. “My situation and Chris’ situation is totally different, but nobody has an answer. Like, nobody really has an answer for my situation. Still. The only people that know is me. Me and them. That’s it. And I don’t even think they know. It’s just something that was already established before I even got there. It was on a trial-run basis. You look back at it, and 10 games is an evaluation. So that’s the business, right? You see New York have a press conference eight games in, 10 games. So that’s the new analytics. That’s the new game. Everything’s based off of your first 10 games. And once you know that, it gives you clarity on a lot of things.”