ESPN ranked New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony as the 64th overall player in the NBA. Anthony responded directly to ESPN.
Carmelo Anthony has become one of the most polarizing players in the NBA. The New York Knicks small forward is a perennial All-Star and an all-time scoring threat, but he’s also the leader of a team that’s failed to make the playoffs in any season since 2012-13.
Although most agree that Anthony has work to do before he can return to the ranks of the NBA’s elite, even more were stunned by ESPN’s ranking of him.
ESPN has been incrementally releasing the 2017 version of its annual #NBARank. The players ranked between No. 51 and No. 100 were recently revealed, and Anthony found himself in an absolutely stunning position at No. 64.
In a post to his official Twitter account, the Knicks star responded to ESPN’s decision to rank him as the No. 64 overall player in the NBA.
Between the brilliant quote, the compelling hashtag, and the direct callout of ESPN, Anthony’s motivation seems to be growing.
Some of the players ranked ahead of Anthony include off-ball 3-and-D specialists such as Robert Covington and Danny Green, and incoming rookie Lonzo Ball. The list of players ahead of Anthony also includes Houston Rockets shooting guard Eric Gordon.
Houston, of course, is doing everything in its power to trade for Anthony—a move that would result in him moving above Gordon in the pecking order.
In light of ESPN ranking role players and a rookie who hasn’t played a single game in the NBA, Anthony provided an intriguing response.
Anthony’s quote of, “A certain darkness is needed to see the stars,” is one that reveals quite a bit about his current mentality. He told ESPN that he lost some of his joy for the game during the Phil Jackson era, but he’s appeared revitalized during his now legendary pickup games.
Following the ranking of No. 64, Anthony now has another reason to be motivated during the 2017-18 NBA season: Proving ESPN wrong.
Whether Carmelo Anthony plays for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, or another franchise, he has all of the ammunition necessary to bounce back in powerful form.