Carmelo Anthony recently did not rule out a possible reunion with the Knicks, but one of his former teammates wonders if he would ever want to go back.
Marcus Camby, who played with Anthony in Denver for five seasons and in 2012-13 in New York, believes Anthony was treated unfairly during his time with the Knicks compared to some other players.
The former center defended his ex-teammate during an appearance on the 33rd and Seventh podcast.
"It would honestly be up to Melo if he wants to be in that situation," Camby said. "Because he got a lot of blame in New York when we have $100 million guys like Amare Stoudemire who didn't pan out, but people never give him flack about him not meeting up the needs to his contract."
Marcus Camby on the criticism Melo received in NY:- Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) May 3, 2019
"He got a lot of blame in NY when we have $100 million guys like Amare Stoudemire who didn't pan out, but people never give him flack about him not meeting up to his contract"
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Stoudemire had one All-Star season with the Knicks but his tenure was marred by injuries and he never really lived up to his five-year, $100 million contract.
Anthony, on the other hand, was a seven-time All-Star with the Knicks and forced his way out of Denver so he can try and win in New York.
However, aside from two winning seasons, Anthony was never able to transcend the team into a championship contender and his relationship with the team soured under Phil Jackson's tenure as team president.
"They put all the blame on Melo, who wanted to come to New York, who wanted to take on that challenge when no one else did," Camby said.
Anthony played in just 10 games this past season with the Houston Rockets as he searches for a team that is willing to give him some sort of role.
"It'd be hard for him to want to come back to New York," Camby said. "It would take him to bite his tongue and say this is what he wants to do."