Stephen A. Smith, LaVar Ball Disagree with Carmelo Anthony's ESPN Ranking
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ESPN placed Carmelo Anthony 64th in their NBA player rankings and both Stephen A. Smith and LaVar Ball had to disagree.

NBA Twitter erupted on Tuesday when ESPN released their player rankings from slot 51 to 75.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was ranked 64th, which is a 33 spot slide from his ranking last year.

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The criticism carried into Wednesday when Stephen A. Smith addressed the controversy on ESPN’s First Take.



Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, was ranked behind numerous players who aren’t held in the same regard.

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That includes names like Danny Green, Robert Covington, Danilo Gallinari, and rookie Lonzo Ball.

Ball’s father, LaVar, was a guest on First Take and agreed that the ranking was beyond bogus.

“He should be mad that he ain’t in the top ten.”

Though a big topic two days in a row, Ball says rankings like this can’t be taken seriously.

“It’s just an opinion to keep everyone talking who should be the best.”

Beyond that, he also had a couple pointers for Anthony moving forward.

“His game is going down, he’s getting older. Who’s going to play with him? He holds the ball too long. As his career changes, he needs to get people to want to play with him.”

It’s hard to take Ball seriously, who never surpassed the college level as a player.

With Anthony ranked 64th, NBA fans across the globe will be waiting to see how he responds on the court this year.


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