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Former NBA player Charles Oakley thinks free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, 35, made a mistake by leaving the New York Knicks:

“Carmelo should’ve never left New York. I think if he’d have stayed in New York, he probably would’ve gotten a new contract and maybe the Knicks would’ve made the playoffs the last couple years.

I wish him all the love, but Melo’s gotta realize that he had a great career. Don’t sweat the people. You played the game at a high level, and leave on that level. Don’t just want to be on a team because you want to be on a team,” Oakley said.

This past season, a ten-time NBA All-Star played in 10 games and mostly came off the bench to score 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.