Melo says Rockets' Morey told him things are 'just not working out'

Melo says Rockets' Morey told him things are 'just not working out'

Carmelo Anthony's stint in Houston lasted 10 games and was over before Thanksgiving.

Listen to Chris Broussard join The Herd to explain why he doesn't think former New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony will ever play in the National Basketball Association again, as a guy once deemed the world's most unsafe scorer, is now unemployed with no real path back to the league in sight.

Anthony went on "First Take" with Stephen A. Smith on Friday, and spoke out for the first time since all that went down in November.

"Silence is not my surrender", Anthony said, adamant that he can still contribute at the highest level.

"I know I can still play", Anthony said.

He averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in his 10 games with the Rockets, but they eventually traded him to the Bulls in January. "It was, 'You are the piece that we need to get over the hump to win a championship.' I went into there with that mentality".

"I'm in the gym every single day", Anthony said in an ESPN interview about a potential comeback. I asked him that: 'What did I do?' He said, 'You didn't do anything. I don't want to deal with the politics of playing a sport that I love.' I feel like the game didn't love me back at one point - at that point in time. "I actually reached out to Daryl first, and said, 'Can we talk about how can we make this better?"

"He came in (my hotel room) and was just like, 'Look, basically your services are no longer needed, '" Anthony said of his conversation with Morey. "I was like, 'What?" "I'm like, 'Hold on. That was a pride hit". Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks reacts after he is called for a foul in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2017 in New York City. So I wanted to do something that was special in NY. He has something left in the tank and in the right situation could really play a vital role for a playoff team.

Anthony and Smith covered a lot of topics, so be sure to check out more clips on him not asking for an National Basketball Association farewell tour, how he believes he never had the quality of teams that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had, and how he could have teamed up with James and Wade to form a Big 3.

Citing league sources, the sports network's website reported the annual holiday slate with the battle of Staples Center tenants the biggest matchup.

Now, Anthony is 35 years old, and nearly all roster spots are filled in the National Basketball Association, including on the New York Knicks.

For James, it would be a 14th Christmas appearance, two shy of Kobe Bryant's all-time record. Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo would lead Milwaukee against a Sixers' squad led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

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