Carmelo Anthony signed with the Los Angeles Lakers this past offseason with hopes of winning his first championship in his 19th NBA season.
It did not go as expected though. The Lakers failed to make it to postseason in what was arguably the most disappointing season in the history of the franchise.
Melo, who will become a free agent in summer, says that he will look for a place where he feels happy. While still wanting to win his first ring, he prefers to be on a team where he feels comfortable.
“I’m blessed,” the 37-year-old forward said, per Dave McMenamin. “I’m still able to do this 19 years in and still able to enjoy it and still get motivated by it and love to go to work and love being around the guys. So a lot of times I’ll take that over a championship, if I could, because that’s my happiness.
“If I gotta be unhappy to try to go fight and win a championship, I don’t want that. I don’t want that unhappiness. I don’t want energy around me. So do I want a championship? Hell year. I don’t think that’s a question. I don’t even have to answer that.
“But I think that at this point in my career, it’s about just being happy and being able to wake up and come to work every day with a good attitude. Being positive. Bringing guys along with you. Teaching, talking, learning. Those are things that I actually look forward to now at this point in my career.”
This season Anthony averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1 assist in 26 minutes per game.