Marcus Camby believes that there’s a chance for Carmelo Anthony to return to the New York Knicks, but it’s up to Melo.
In recent weeks, talks of a Carmelo Anthony–New York Knicks reunion have seemed to be heating up. After his exile from the Houston Rockets, Anthony couldn’t find the right situation during the 2018-19 season.
Former Knicks center Marcus Camby believes that Melo could return to the Knicks, but he thinks it’s up to Anthony to decide if he wants to play in Madison Square Garden again. Camby believes Anthony received unwarranted flack while other guys like Amar’e Stoudemire didn’t receive the same criticism.
Marcus Camby on the criticism Melo received in NY:
“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”
— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) May 3, 2019
“Honestly, it would be up to Melo,” Camby told Anthony Donahue of the 33rd and Seventh podcast. “to see if wants to be back in that situation because he got a lot of blame in New York when we have $100 million guys like Amar’e Stoudemire who didn’t pan out, but people never give him flack about him not meeting up to the needs of his contract. They put all the blame on Melo who wanted to come to New York.”
Camby’s not wrong. While the face of the Knicks, Melo was a polarizing figure. Some fans deified Melo for being one of the best offensive players of his generation while others vilified him for failing to bring the Knicks to the promised land.
Of course, it’s fair to say that Anthony received unfair criticism with the Knicks. However, a Melo-Knicks reunion just doesn’t make sense. New York is looking to move forward with the new generation of players. There’s no need to bring Anthony back despite whatever nostalgia it might invoke for the fanbase.