Carmelo Anthony fires back at Thunder fans unhappy he’s staying
The 34-year-old forward opted Saturday not to exercise his contract termination option, so he’ll play for the Thunder for $27.9 million in the 2018-19 season. Coming off career lows in scoring (16.2 ppg) and shooting percentage (40.4 percent), some fans hoped he’d move on. They shared those thoughts on social media.
Anthony fired back with his own Twitter post Saturday night.
If Anthony returns to form next season, those fans’ hard feelings will quickly be forgotten.
Understanding what a front office values in prospects can be helpful when mocking out what the first round will look like. On a larger level, though, it provides a coherent vision for a franchise’s future by helping a team shape its roster with an end goal in mind. On Thursday night, three organizations stood out for their commitment to principles.
A native of the Czech Republic, Vesely had European success with a team in Serbia, Partizan, winning the young player of the year award after helping the team to the Euroleague final four. Although he had the size, at 6-11, to match up with NBA frontcourt players and a solid shooting touch, he never demonstrated great comfort competing in the league. He returned to Europe after being dealt to Denver and playing a short time with the Nuggets. He has played well since with Turkey’s Fenerbache.
Griffin had a sad, troubled career in the NBA. He had fights with teammates at both Roman Catholic High in Philadelphia and at Seton Hall. During his pro career he went through treatment for alcoholism and missed the 2003-04 season while in rehab. But he subsequently had substance problems while with the Minnesota Timberwolves that led to his final release from an NBA team. He was intoxicated at more than three times the legal limit when he drove his car onto a railroad track and was struck by a train, ending his life in August 2007.