For more than a decade, Anthony Carmelo has been a powerful forward player. Lately, I have begun to wonder if he is on the downhill side of his career. The last two years, I have noticed he has been declining, in scoring yes, but also in speed and agility.
Although he had surgery to repair the patella tendon, Carmelo’s left knee seems to have become a constant problem. The fact is that an injury like this will most likely cause him problems for the rest of his life. I think he may even have problems because of the arthroscopic surgeries such as arthritis and tendonitis. I worry that this will affect his overall playing ability, not to mention he is more likely to experience more injuries now that the knee has been weakened.
I can’t help but wonder if Anthony will make a come back from his injuries and surgeries. This is concerning, considering the obvious drop in Carmelo’s usual offensive play lately, including a drop in field goal percentages, points, and three-point percentages. Of course, his age is also a factor, at 32 he is getting to the age that injuries heal slower and sometimes not at all.
Although I must admit Anthony has always had a strength in his character that has allowed him to push himself to become a top player in the league. Along with his strength in character his physical size, agility, and speed has enabled him to achieve many things other players haven’t come close to accomplishing yet.
Carmelo Anthony’s history of achievements is long, beginning in high school, carrying through college and into his NBA career. I have listed here what I think are his biggest achievements.
- United States Olympic Team in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016.
- Olympic Team all-time leader in rebounds, most games played and leading scorer.
- NBA All-star nine times.
- All-NBA selection six times.
- Record-setting single game score for the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.
- From 2004 to 2010 he led the nuggets to the playoffs, and won two division titles.
I do have to mention, what looks like a possible come back for Carmelo shown so far during this season. In the games against the Timberwolves and the Kings, he seemed to play a bit more like his old self again. Against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Carmelo scored 29 points, ending the night with the Knicks winning the game with a final score of 118 to 114. Following that win, the Knicks defeated the Kings by pulling it together at the last minute and ending with a score of 106 to 98.
Right now, it looks like there is hope for Carmelo’s career with the Knicks, his coach Jeff Hornacek seems to be happy about his recent improvements. Anthony himself is in high spirits and feels honored that his teammates trust in him enough to pass him the ball. Anthony has said in the past that he believes trust between teammates is a vital part of a team’s success. I just hope he continues to prove that he is still and all-star basketball player, and that his star just keeps on rising.