Oklahoma City Thunder veteran Carmelo Anthony strongly disagreed with an Instagram post stating that Cleveland Cavaliers sharpshooter Kyle Korver is a better player than him at this point in their NBA careers.
“WOWWWWW,” Anthony wrote in a response to the post from his verified Instagram account. He also posted crying laughing emojis and wrote, “Had to comment on this one.”
“FOH,” he added.
Anthony, a three-time Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion, had a subpar season with the Thunder in 2017-18 while taking on a new role.
The 33-year-old forward averaged a career-low 16.2 points on 40 percent shooting as a catch-and-shoot option, rather than an isolation-heavy volume scorer — a role he had filled for much of his career. He also averaged 5.8 rebounds per game.
Anthony’s role was significantly reduced during the Thunder’s first-round playoff loss to the Utah Jazz.
Korver, who was selected in the same 2003 draft class as Anthony, has played a key role in the Cavaliers’ run to the Eastern Conference finals. In the regular season, he averaged nine points on 46 percent shooting off of Cleveland’s bench.
A bench role is something Anthony said he would not consider next season with the Thunder. The 10-time All-Star has an early termination option for his contract next season, which is valued at $28 million.
ESPN’s Ian Begley contributed to this report.