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Marcus Morris says there are players in NBA who ‘can’t tie Carmelo Anthony’s shoes’

Marcus Morris, Carmelo Anthony

Ahead of Tuesday’s matchup between the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers, current Knicks forward Marcus Morris had some lofty praise to heap in the direction of former Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

“No disrespect to nobody, but there are guys in this league that can’t tie Melo’s shoes.”

Anthony of course went through this past offseason without being signed by any of the 30 teams in the league. Portland inked him to a deal in November, and he has been a cog in the team’s starting rotation ever since, averaging 15.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.

The debates over whether or not Anthony could still contribute at a high level in his age-35 season were contentious around the league. After a strange 10-game stint with Houston last season, Anthony remained unsigned for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign once he was waived by the Chicago Bulls following a trade.

Now back on the floor, he faces the Knicks for the first time since Dec. 16, 2017, when he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Anthony spent seven seasons in New York and was in large part responsible for the team’s most recent playoff appearance.

Morris just joined the Knicks this summer on a free-agent deal, but he has battled it out with Anthony for nearly a decade. The two are likely to guard one another at points throughout Tuesday’s game, with no one hopefully needing to literally tie any shoes for them.