Oscar Robertson: Carmelo should leave Knicks for Houston
Apr 24, 2014 at 7:44p ET
The championship-hungry Anthony, who plans to become a free agent in July, has said he'd like to re-sign with New York.
Outspoken Hall of Famer Robertson, 75, had this to say about the Knicks star on a radio broadcast on Thursday, as reported by ESPN New York:
"I would leave today [if I were Carmelo]," Roberston said on SiriusXM NBA radio Thursday. "... Let me tell you why: wherever that kid has gone, when he was at Denver, they had a team that fooled around with the ball, fooled around with the ball, then all of the sudden when they needed a basket, threw it to Carmelo. Then, when he shot the ball, they said he shot too much. Then when he didn't shoot they said he didn't shoot enough.
"No matter what he does in New York they're going to criticize him, the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on [the Knicks] that cannot play. You got guys that are hurt all the time."
Robertson thinks Anthony would have a greater chance at that elusive NBA title if the All-Star packed up his headband and headed west to the Rockets:
"If he goes to Houston, they're gonna win everything," Robertson said. "You look at LeBron [James], LeBron's got a great game and the kid down at Oklahoma, [Kevin] Durant's got a great game — they can't out-shoot Carmelo. ... I've seen him in a lot of basketball games over the years and I'm telling you right now the kid, he just can get that shot away. Now he's gotten smarter, he's going to the basket a lot. But what gets me is that everyone thinks that everything that happens bad is his fault."
Robertson knows a thing or two about the benefit of switching teams: The 12-time NBA All Star spent 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Royals before winning his first (and only) title in his first year with the Milwaukee Bucks.