Tracy McGrady says Rockets’ Carmelo Anthony should retire
Former Houston Rocket and NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady believes Carmelo Anthony should retire from the league.
The Houston Rockets are widely expected to part ways with Carmelo Anthony soon. Although Anthony has remained eager to play and try to contribute to the Rockets, Houston doesn’t believe they can make it work.
Tracy McGrady says Anthony’s last couple of years in the NBA are making people forget that Melo has had a Hall of Fame career. Anthony’s last days with the New York Knicks were filled with drama and dysfunction, his lone season with the Oklahoma City Thunder was a disappointment, and his short stint with the Rockets this year has been, to put it kindly, a disaster.
“You know what, I honestly think Melo should retire,” McGrady said on ESPN’s The Jump. “I really do. I don’t want him to go through another situation like this and people are just pouring negativity on his legacy. And I really think because it hasn’t worked out the last two teams, you have a Hall of Fame career, just go ahead and let it go.”
Tracy McGrady says Carmelo Anthony should retire – for his own sake. (Interesting to note that TMac retired at 34, the same age Melo is now & has said that after spending his career as his teams’ primary scorer, just hanging around in a player-coach/deep-bench role had no appeal) pic.twitter.com/kew12S9Ift
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) November 13, 2018
Carmelo Anthony has been a negative to the Rockets when he’s been on the floor. Houston has a net rating of minus-9.0 with Anthony on the court and minus-0.2 with him on the bench, per NBA.com. Anthony is averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game on the season while shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc in the 10 games he’s played in.
If/when the Rockets waive Melo, will there really not be another team to give him one more chance? Only time will tell.
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