Carmelo Anthony arrived at the Oklahoma City Thunder Media Day in true Hoodie-Melo-fashion and his attitude with the media was reflective of it. A relaxed, yet witty 33-year-old answered questions with ease despite a frantic last few days with the New York Knicks organization, culminating in his trade on Saturday.
The 10-time All-Star was asked about potentially coming off the bench, only to to raise his eyebrows in surprise.
“Who me?!.. Hey ‘P,’ (Paul George) they said I’ve gotta come off the bench!” Anthony said while cracking a smile, according to USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick.
Anthony resumed by saying he plans to play “the four” — refusing to call it the power forward position as the NBA has evolved into a role-based lineup instead of actual positions.
Melo’s size at 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds will be slightly smaller than the average “four,” but ultimately a much more versatile game will allow the team to play at a breakneck pace while exploiting opponents on the perimeter with excellent options in George and Anthony at the wing.
Anthony’s $54 million for the next two years are quite too much to bring him off the bench, rather giving the Thunder a three-headed monster to put forward against some of the Western Conference’s dangerous opponents.