Oscar Robertson went and broke Spike Lee’s heart.
In an interview with Spike for his SiriusXM NBA Radio program, Spike Lee’s Best Seat in the House, Robertson told the New York Knicks superfan that Carmelo Anthony, who is set to test the free agent market, should say good bye and good riddance to the Big Apple.
“Wherever that kid’s gone, when he was at Denver, they had a team that fooled around with the ball, fooled around with the ball, then all of the sudden when they needed a basket, threw it to Carmelo,” Robertson said of Anthony’s time with the Nuggets. “Then, when he shot the ball, they said he shot too much. Then, when he didn’t shoot, they said he didn’t shoot enough. No matter what he does in New York, they’re going to criticize him, the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on [the Knicks] that just cannot play.”
When Spike insisted things would change for the Knicks with the hiring of Phil Jackson, Robertson replied, “Let me ask you: When was the last time Phil Jackson played?”
“I think Phil is great to have gotten $12 million out of [Knicks owner Jim Dolan]. Super job. Take the money and run,” Robertson said. “If I were Carmelo, I would say, ‘Listen, I’m not gonna stay here and take all this gruff and all this criticism. You got other guys on the team making $12, $15, $16 million and doing nothing, and here I am averaging 28, 29 points per game.'”
So if not New York, what landing spot did Robertson see fit for ‘Melo?
“If he goes to Houston, they’re gonna win everything,” Robertson said. “You look at LeBron, LeBron’s got a great game, Durant’s got a great game – they can’t out-shoot Carmelo.”
That’s right, Robertson confirmed: Anthony, in his opinion, is a better scorer than Kevin Durant.
“I’m telling you right now,” Robertson told Spike, “the kid, he can just get that shot away. He’s gotten smarter, he’s going to the basket a lot.”
“What gets me,” Robertson added, “everyone thinks that everything that happens bad is [Anthony’s] fault.”
You can listen to Spike’s full interview with Robertson Thursday at 7 pm ET on SiriusXM NBA Radio, channel 217.