Carmelo Anthony complains about Nuggets giving No. 15 to Jokić

In case you had been questioning what Carmelo Anthony is as much as today, he’s formally retired — and shockingly within the content material enterprise. I do know. My guess would’ve been timepieces and Bordeaux, however Melo is an entrepreneur now, so he has varied pens in varied inks, and hopefully, he’s diversified sufficient to proceed being no matter it’s he needs to be. And that’s . . . within the information.

The eventual Corridor of Famer went on his new podcast, 7 PM in Brooklyn, with the Child Mero, to situation a non-complaint criticism in regards to the Denver Nuggets giving his quantity to Nikola Jokić.

“It was a petty maneuver. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, we’ve got numbers to choose from.’ It was like, ‘here, take this one, you got 15,’” Anthony mentioned. “And y’all put Jokić in the middle of that. He don’t know what the f*ck going on.”

To be honest, Mero instigated the dialog — one thing he’s going to search out himself doing so much on that program — and Anthony asserted that “I don’t think about this sh*t no more, though.”

Nonetheless, this was mere seconds after Melo mentioned:

“What I believe is that [the Nuggets] gave [Jokić] No. 15 to try to erase what I did.”

If this isn’t the peak of inane web content material, I’m clearly not on TikTok. So, for the sake of the pod, Anthony shared an opinion that he’s been sitting on for, what, a decade? No matter if he’s proper — which he’s as a result of Stan Kroenke and the Nuggets let Anthony Randolf put on 15 in between Melo’s departure and Joker’s arrival — who’s truly being petty?

Anthony, an NBA legend, an unofficial member of the banana boat crew, an official member of the seventy fifth anniversary crew, multi-time gold medal winner for Crew USA, and present co-host of a podcast with a beloved comic/character, is nowhere close to the purpose of being forgotten. And even when he was disintegrating like Tom Holland on the finish of Infinity Struggle, he’d use certainly one of his 17 platforms to remind of us of his standing within the sport.

The fact is Anthony stepped on his personal HOF plaque when he opted to place up gaudy numbers for crap Knicks groups as an alternative of shrewdly planning for titles like the remainder of his friends. He’s additionally overlooking the truth that his overt and off-putting thirst for New York compelled the franchise to commerce all of its property for a star who was about to hit free company.

Sure, the ins and connections Melo made in New York will maintain his post-playing profession, but when he didn’t need folks to “erase what he did,” he ought to’ve tried to place his title on a Larry O’Brien. In fact, Denver — which has retired a total of five numbers in its history — tried to spin the narrative; Nuggets followers didn’t transfer to Manhattan, and Kroenke is objectively evil. What’re they gonna do? Retire the variety of an lively participant who compelled a commerce?

Look, I get it. Skilled athletes’ profession and lifelong legacies are principally set in stone earlier than age 40, and that will completely spark an existential disaster in anybody. Simply don’t attempt to inform us one thing doesn’t trouble you, or name another person petty while you’re on digital camera airing decade-old grievances.