There are many Hall of Fame players who regret never getting the chance to win an NBA Finals. They still go on to have great careers like Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Karl Malone and Steve Nash did. But rarely do they say they’re happy with how their careers ended or they say it between gritted teeth.
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It sounds like there’s already one potential future Hall of Famer who’s accepted the fact that he won’t win a title and is trying to convince us all that he’s just fine with that. Carmelo Anthony is currently playing for Team USA this summer in that special event that happens every four years. He has a chance to win his third gold medal in basketball and apparently that’s enough to call it a good career.
From ESPN’s Marc Stein:
Most athletes don’t have an opportunity to say that they won a gold medal, better yet three gold medals. I would be very happy walking away from the game knowing that I’ve given the game everything I have, knowing I played on a high level at every level: high school, college, won [a championship at Syracuse] in college and possibly three gold medals.
Notice how doesn’t mention playing at a high level in just the NBA. To be fair, his teams never really had a chance to go deep in the playoffs. He’s been floundering his career away in New York with terrible teammates and even worse coaches until now. He’s got a decent core around him and one that could have probably won the 2011 NBA Finals.
That statement from Melo also shows he doesn’t really have the killer instinct that makes so many of the Hall of Famers great players and competitors. I would be pretty surprised to see Anthony win a Finals series with the teammates he has and the guys he has to compete against like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and now Boston Celtics.
[h/t Bleacher Report]