New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson recommends that Carmelo Anthony leave the New York Knicks and join the Houston Rockets.
Robertson explained over SiriusXM NBA radio that it’s time for Anthony to win it all.
It would also keep Anthony from being unjustly criticized in New York because he is surrounded by players who cannot play, just like when the latter was with the Denver Nuggets.
Robertson recalled that when Anthony was with the Nuggets, his teammates “fooled around with the ball” then would throw it to Carmelo when they needed a basket.
He added that when Anthony shot the ball, the Nuggets players said he shot too much; and when he didn’t, they said he didn’t shoot enough.
Robertson feels that if Anthony joins the Rockets they will be able to win.
He noted that superstars LeBron James of Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder can’t out-shoot Anthony, who’s gotten smarter and has been going to the basket a lot.
Anthony has said that he will opt out of the final year of his contract and test free agency this summer.
The Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers are among a group of teams expected to show interest in Anthony.
Anthony has said that his top priority is to re-sign with the Knicks and suggested that he is willing to take a pay cut. But he’d also wanted assurances from Knicks president Phil Jackson that the team is committed to building a contender.
He called the Knicks’ hiring of Jackson a ‘power move’ in March.
But unless Anthony takes a significant pay cut, the team is expected to be over the salary cap due to commitments next season to Amar’e Stoudemire ($23.4 million), Tyson Chandler ($14.6 million) and Andrea Bargnani ($11.5 million).