Before the big historical Kobe Bryant announcement, ESPN listed out their top 100 NBA players. Every year, ESPN or Bleacher Report put out their top 100 in the offseason to get fans ready for the season. However, on this ESPN top 100 lists, they took it too far.
ESPN ranked Carmelo Anthony No. 63 out of 100 players in the NBA. Rookie Lonzo Ball, who’s never played an NBA game in his life, is even ahead of Anthony.
Several NBA players let their voices be heard and Melo himself sent out a subliminal message to ESPN on his Instagram post.
“Can’t Make Sense Out Of Non Sense! AS LONG AS I KNOW IM NICE, F*** IT IM MY OWN FAN. A certain darkness is needed to see the stars.”@Espn Don’t be so Blatant with the disrespect.”
Melo is dealing with a lot in his career over the past season. First, his former team president Phil Jackson blasted him for holding the ball too long. Second, his own team’s fans booed him off the court throughout the season. Now, he’s getting sidetracked by the ESPN ranking list. One player couldn’t take it anymore.
CJ McCollum let his issues with the rankings be known on Twitter. McCollum took matters into his own hands and blasted all the sports journalists, threatening to rank them as well in return.
McCollum voiced his opinion and other NBA players joined him to agree that they should start ranking sports journalists from top to bottom.
Soon as McCollum made his tweet, NBA players came together and threatened sports writers that they will make a list.
All-time great NBA reporter David Aldridge didn’t take McCollum’s tweet too kindly. Aldridge doesn’t understand why McCollum and other NBA players would get upset over a meaningless top 100 ranking article.
Some may say Melo’s brand is impacted because of this list. In addition, sometimes players’ kids see lists like this and become ashamed of what their fathers are doing in the NBA. A lot of people are going to say that this list will motivate the player to do better next season.
In all actuality, Melo is still a threat in the NBA and any team in the NBA would love to have Melo on their team.
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