Carmelo Anthony Thought Long and Hard About Pulling Up From Three...While in Attendance of Dwyane Wade's Final NBA Game
Let's be real, he should have shot it. Not just because it would have been funny, but because it would have been a fitting, albeit unofficial, farewell.
Dirk's final act was a made mid-range jumper over a helpless defender...
Wade's final act was capping off a triple-double with an assist to longtime teammate Udonis Haslem...
Why wouldn't Melo's final act be a meaningless and ill-advised jump shot that he took after holding on to the ball for longer than he should have been?
That comes off as more mean-spirited than I'd like it to, as I do think Carmelo Anthony is a sure-shot Hall Of Famer whose bad rap isn't anywhere near as deserved as the teams that treated him like a scapegoat made it seem. For that reason, he's definitely earned a night like last of his own. Still, other than him shooting from wherever and whenever he wanted, there aren't too many things you'd think to be a necessary or appropriate part of it. That's not entirely his fault, as he made the mistake of "coming home" and putting his prime in the hands of a Knicks' organization that was at its most idiotic. However, the truth typically hurts and the truth is that Melo's career more than likely isn't going to be wrapped up with a pretty little bow like those of his best friends.
Right or wrong, Carmelo Anthony is going to be remembered as an unbelievable skilled and selfish scorer who is far richer in bankroll than he is in reputation. Might as well have stuck to that extremely under-appreciated script by continuing to polarize opinions in getting up what could have potentially been his last shot taken during an NBA game.