Carmelo Anthony didn’t seem to see eye to eye with New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, but nobody can rightfully say that he’s a bad teammate.
In fact, right before he was traded to the Oklahoma Thunder, Knicks players named Anthony as their favorite teammate and wrote his name on the ballot for the 2017 Teammate of the Year Award.
The vote came as a surprise to some especially with the ongoing narrative about Anthony being a black hole on offense or a selfish player.
The 6-8 forward averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Knicks last season.
During the off-season, Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis was dragged into the controversy as he was accused of being the one who drove Anthony away. But there’s no bad blood between the 7-3 forward and the former scoring champion.
In an interview with ESPN, Porzingis said he drew inspiration from the way Anthony handled himself amid all the trade rumors and reported strife with the front office, particularly Phil Jackson. The Latvian player said that he never heard his former teammate complain to them about all his off-court issues.
“He was always calm, collected — every day. It was no big deal for him, all the off-court stuff,” he explained. “He was just doing his thing and focusing on things he needs to focus on and not letting anything else come in his way.”
In a previous report, Anthony said that leaving New York was very hurtful because he felt stabbed in the back. The 33-year-old said that he had no intention of leaving the team even if he knew all about the moves of the front office to ship him out. “I just wanted them to come to me direct and say, ‘Look, this is what we’re thinking,’ and not have to read it or hear about it,” he added.
Carmelo Anthony stands to earn $26,243,760 in the 2017-2018 season.