Carmelo Anthony describes the Denver Nuggets giving #15 to Nikola Jokic as petty, and discusses Draymond Green’s return on “7PM in Brooklyn”.
In the episode, Melo and Mero discuss Draymond Green’s return to the Warriors, post-suspension and what’s next for the team, as well as how the Knicks have improved since acquiring OG Anunoby.
Later in the episode, the guys discuss the Orlando Magic’s recent decision to retire Shaquille O’Neal’s number, prompting Carmelo Anthony to describe the Nuggets decision to immediately hand over #15 to Nikola Jokic as a “petty maneuver” and an attempt to erase his legacy with the team.
- 12:21 – CARMELO ON WHY DRAYMOND IS A MAGNET FOR THE DRAMA AND HOW WE SHOULD BE REACTING
“I mean, just think about who his favorite players are. Who he looked at growing up. That’ll tell you what type of player he wanted to be. You get what I’m saying? That’s like your identification card right there. You pick three of his favorite guys growing up. That tells you a lot about the caliber of player he is. So with him, you know, he’s getting the backlash of what we created for him, what we built up…We love him for being Draymond and fucking somebody up and it’s cool when he’s winning…Draymond’s the enforcer, he’s the energy of the team. He’s the soul of the team. So he gotta keep that. He can’t change that.”
- 31:20 – CARMELO ON WHEN PLAYERS START LOOKING TO SWITCH TEAMS
“That’s the competitiveness. Like, damn, when can I win? I still want to win…You start looking at things differently, in different lights. Not saying that you want to pursue those things now, [but] your perspective on it and the way you’re receiving it is like you looking at every situation to try to figure out every situation. I think Steph [Curry] is like– I don’t want to see him in another jersey… I’ll see him in a Knicks jersey…He’s one of those guys that you just want to see him finish it out. You know what I’m saying? It can’t be great all the time. You know what I mean? I know you still want to win, but most importantly, you still want to enjoy the game and have fun. And if we can win on the way, I’m still going to try to win, but I don’t want to have to do this somewhere else at this point in my career. I just don’t.”
- 45:48 – CARMELO REACTS TO THE KNICKS ACQUIRING OG ANUNOBY AND JALEN BRUNSON’S IMPROVEMENT WITH THE TEAM
“When we [were] talking about him weeks ago and talking about the Knicks, it was just more like he was trying to do too much to please and to make shit work. And [he was] just looking out of place. He was looking one step behind, you know what I mean? He wasn’t looking sharp in a sense. So I think time, and I said it would take some time for him to get back into the flow of things, get the kinks out, get a shot, right? Get in that mental shape where he’s ready to go. But this is usually the time when all of that starts happening…I don’t think RJ [Barrett] leaving has something to do with it, maybe, but I don’t think it had anything to do with it, because.. OG [Anunoby] could do the same thing RJ [is] doing. He just don’t demand it the way that RJ demanded to be a part of the offense. Like, OG is cool sitting on the wing and moving around and cutting and waiting for somebody to swing into him and knock down a three. He still is going to play defense no matter what.”
- 53:55 – CARMELO SAYS HE THINKS THE KNICKS CAN MAKE THE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
“I think they can. Not many teams [are] structured that way, like, to stop you first…They are created and built to stop the other team, like defense first. The only thing that comes down to that is no matter how great your defense is, offense always outweigh[s]…The game is about a bucket, so you could play all the defense that you want in the world…You got to score to win the game…Defense is just to control the game and possessions, you know what I mean? Like let’s win every possession, you know what I mean? So you got to lock down, you got to lock in, you got to focus. It’s more team defense in the post season.”
- 1:14:59 – CARMELO CLAIMS THE NUGGETS GAVE JOKIC NUMBER 15 TO ERASE WHAT HE DID IN DENVER
“Yeah, it was a petty maneuver. It wasn’t like, oh, we got numbers to choose from. It was like, here, you got 15… Now I’m gone now. So now I’m seven. Now, like seven is the new thing. I’m in the Mecca. I’m back. I’m in it. It’s a God’s number. So I’m not even thinking about 15. I’m just thinking, this is a chapter of my life…I didn’t go to Denver for about two years after that, two seasons because of lockout and the scheduling and all that crazy shit, right? So now I’m seeing Denver 15. I’m like, ‘Fuck is going on? 15?’…The disrespect in you offering that showed me that you just wanted to erase everything that came prior to that right there. …But what I believe is that they gave him 15 to try to erase what I did… When you think of 15 in Denver now, to this generation, you [think the] Joker. And there’s nothing towards that. It’s just, it was two different generations. So that just goes to show me that y’all [The Nuggets] not past that moment. This is 2010. This is 13 years ago. So if you are, you are holding on to something that was 13 years ago.”
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