Sports Carmelo Anthony blasts ESPN for ranking Lonzo Ball ahead of him

18:22  13 september  2017
18:22  13 september  2017 Source:   For The Win

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ESPN released some of their NBA rankings on Tuesday, and many noticed one particularly strange detail: Carmelo Anthony was ranked at No. 64, one place below Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball .

ESPN is counting down its annual list of the best NBA players this week, and the first big news out of the 2017-18 rankings is that Lonzo Ball is picked as a better player than Carmelo Anthony for the upcoming season.

Carmelo Anthony blasts ESPN for ranking Lonzo Ball ahead of him © Getty Images Carmelo Anthony blasts ESPN for ranking Lonzo Ball ahead of him

ESPN released some of their NBA rankings on Tuesday, and many noticed one particularly strange detail: Carmelo Anthony was ranked at No. 64, one place below Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.

Anthony was ranked below a 19-year-old who has yet to play in a regular season game, and as ESPN's Chris Herring noted, "That represents a steep fall for a player who was ranked in the top 10 as recently as 2013 (in the April edition) and in the top 30 two seasons ago."

As he did when he felt that SLAM Magazine wrongfully ranked him at No. 15 in October, Anthony responded, this time with the following message that he shared on both Twitter and Instagram:

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Can't Make Sense Out Of Non Sense!

"A certain darkness is needed to see the stars."

@espn Don't be so Blatant with the disrespect

#LineEmUp

Though, Anthony's Instagram caption has an extra line:

Can't Make Sense Out Of Non Sense! AS LONG AS I KNOW IM NICE, FUCK IT IM MY OWN FAN "A certain darkness is needed to see the stars." @Espn Don't be so Blatant with the disrespect #GoneToFar #LineEmUp STAYME7O

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And, LeBron James and Matt Barnes were among players who liked that IG from Anthony - so he has the support of his peers.

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But before everyone starts screaming at everyone at ESPN who voted, I found this on Twitter and thought it was an interesting look at the whole process of how these rankings are decided:



Anthony might find that … interesting.

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Report: Carmelo optimistic that trade to Rockets coming soon .
There’s only one lingering off-season question remaining around the NBA world as training camps and the preseason get going. Will Carmelo Anthony be in a New York Knicks uniform once the offseason officially ends? It’s been a summer-long soap opera between Anthony and the team that had previously said he’d be better offf somewhere else. Now, it looks like Anthony himself is optimistic that he will indeed be traded to the Houston Rockets prior to the start of next week. “Anthony’s camp is cautiously optimistic that a deal will be struck before Monday, and trying not to think about the potential media circus that will take place if Carmelo is still with the Knicks,” Frank Isola of the NY Daily News reported Wednesday. The issue here has long been compensation the Knicks would receive from Houston in a potential Anthony deal. The Rockets traded more than a half-dozen players to the Los Angeles Clippers for Chris Paul earlier in the offseason. Those assets could have very well been used to land Anthony. At this point, New York is pushing back on the idea of having to take on the remainder of Ryan Anderson’s four-year, $80 million deal. And for good reason. It makes little sense for the Knicks to take on bad contracts. In reality, they hold all the cards here. Anthony is still under contract. And whether he wants to remain in New York is irrelevant. The larger issue here is that contracts would have to match up to about $5 million. This means Houston would have to likely send a bad contract back to New York in exchange for Anthony. Either way, the All-Star forward is seemingly hopeful a deal gets done here soon. Whether that happens remains to be seen.

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