Chauncey Billups might know Carmelo Anthony better than most people Melo has encountered. As Melo was inching towards his prime, Billups served as a veteran voice for three years of his career. He's now using this knowledge to explain why a generational talent like Melo is out of the NBA.
"I feel bad for Melo and here's why," Billups said during an appearance on SiriusXM's NBA Radio. "Melo's was like a good teammate, man. Melo practiced every day. Didn't miss any games. Now, the one thing I will say—and I've even told Melo this—scoring 30 meant too much to Melo." Billups then went on to say how that mentality has never left Carmelo. As a result, he's unable to be a true veteran presence.
"But, now I think you fast forward the tape, and the reason he's not in the league—because he's still mentally worthy—he hasn't taken that set back to say 'Okay, I'll come in and play against back-ups. I'll try to help the team out. I know I might not be able to close, but I just want to help the team out,'" Billups explained. "He's not there yet."