Thunder news: Carmelo Anthony laughs off notion of coming off the bench — ‘Who, me?’
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.
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.