Carmelo Anthony spent just one season in Oklahoma City, but the city and organization left such an indelible mark on him that he wrote a letter, via the Oklahoman, to the Thunder organization, team and fans:
Thank You, OKC
I know it was only one season, but from the time I arrived in OKC, I was greeted with so much love from The Team, The Organization, and of course the INCREDIBLE fans of this amazing city. Throughout the entire season, game after game, you cheered me on and rooted for us as a team. That is something I will always cherish and never forget. That genuine support kept me going all season long.
IN LIFE, I’ve learned that things don’t always turn out how you want. I wanted nothing more than to make it work here & help bring this city a championship. I’m sorry it didn’t work out while I was here.
Thank you to Russ, PG, Sam Presti, Coach Billy Donovan, my trainers and the entire staff who work so hard and diligently at Chesapeake Energy Arena and the practice facility. I appreciate you all very much. Last but not least, Thank You to (Thunder part-owner and chairman) Mr. (Clay) Bennett for believing in me.
This chapter of my career may be coming to an end but my story is far from over.
Anthony, now a Houston Rocket had the worst season of his career in Oklahoma City, averaging career-low marks in the following categories: points per game (16.7), assists per game (1.3), field-goal percentage (40.4 percent) and free-throw percentage (76.7 percent). As players age, their abilities decline; Anthony having his worst season yet at age 33 is unsurprising. Clearly, he feels that the Thunder took it well and supported him wholeheartedly, despite him not exactly being in the twilight of his career. That was very cool of Thunder fans, and this letter is very cool of Melo.