Nothing is sadder than watching the decline of an aging athlete, well past his or her prime, desperately trying for one last shot.
Well, there are sadder things, much sadder, even for sports bloggers, such as the recent demise of Aussie pro golfer Jarrod Lyle, who lost a valiant battle with cancer.
So, it is just run-of-the-mill sadness that faces us when we report that Carmelo Anthony, the U S basketball star and possessor of one of the purest jump-shots the game has seen, had to settle for a one-year, $2.4 million arrangement to play with the Houston Rockets.
Along the recent path, Anthony had to suffer the ignominy of being traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last month, only to see the Hawks release him immediately.
It took close to a month for Anthony to find a team willing to give him a job, but the positive aspect is that while he will have to get by on much less salary than he has in the past, he has landed with a Western Conference team that gave the Golden State Warriors a run last season.
Anthony is 34 years of age and he will join NBA 2018 MVP James Harden and Chris Paul. The Rockets expressed hope that Anthony could supply the missing piece of the Western Conference championship, but history suggests that Anthony has never shown the leadership it requires to get over the final hurdles.
He was unable to push the Denver Nuggets to a status of legitimate contenders; he did nothing to forward the cause of the New York Knicks. He might have been a nice addition in Oklahoma City, but the departure of Keven Durant left a void no one could fill.
Last season was the first time in his career that Anthony had averaged fewer than 20 points per game. He led the league in scoring in 2012 – 2013 averaging 28.7, where he helped the Knicks to advance through the first round of the playoffs, only to see his side stall in the conference semifinals.