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Ramsey blog: Carmelo Anthony, surrounded by trouble, still can craft joyful career finale

April 19, 2017 Updated: April 19, 2017 at 5:04 pm
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Ah, let's just say Carmelo Anthony is having a bad month.

Phil Jackson said he doesn't want Carmelo to remain on the pitiful Knicks.

Carmelo's marriage to LaLa, according to a few thousand reports, is teetering. TMZ is fascinated by this collapse, and that's never a good sign. Salacious details abound as Carmelo endures the not-fun side of life as an American celebrity.

His career, and his personal life, have pretty much burned to the ground.

But Carmelo can, and will, return as a respected and valuable basketball player. His personal life might be an entirely different story.

Let's look at his basketball life:

Carmelo delivered superlative basketball as a Knick. In 2012-13, he carried a lightly talented edition of the Knicks to a 54-28 record, first place in the Atlantic and a first-round playoff victory. He averaged 28.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He finished third in the MVP voting behind LeBron and Kevin Durant and ahead of Chris Paul, Tim Duncan and the young James Harden.

He was a legit superstar, one of the NBA's brightest lights.

And 2012-13 might not have been his finest season. In 2009-10, Carmelo averaged 28.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists for George Karl's Nuggets, who finished 53-29.

Once Carmelo gets free of the Knicks, and he will get free, he could become a high-scoring, highly valuable piece of a playoff, or even championship, team. He's 32. His long prime is over, but he's not creaky. He averaged 22.5 for the Knicks this season. Big Phil doesn't like him, but the Knicks troubles are much more Phil's fault than Carmelo's fault.

The man has troubles. I get that. But the man can play. He's proven that in the past. He'll prove it again in the future.

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