There is only one place where a man can earn $122 million dollars playing the game he loves in the sports biggest market and still be regarded as unsuccessful. Social media.
Carmelo Anthony decided to take the long-term financial security of himself and his family signing with the New York Knicks, over giving up close to $80 million for an increased chance at an NBA Championship. For some though, he simply took the money instead of success.
Carmelo Anthony chose money over success. Can’t blame him, his choice. Should have taken Tracy McGrady’s advice.
— Damon A. Salvadore (@DamonSalvadore1) July 12, 2014
Anthony has already succeed beyond belief of those around him in the early years of his life. Born in the Red Hook projects in Brooklyn, New York City, Anthony lost his father to cancer at the age of two and inherited a childhood most don’t grow out of:
“From drugs, to killings, to anything you can name that goes on in the roughest parts of town, we’ve seen and witnessed hands on,” says Anthony’s childhood friend Kenny Minor.
With the drug-infested streets around him known as the Pharmacy, his mother Mary, who worked as a housekeeper, kept Anthony and his three older siblings on a short leash whenever she could.
Mary can be attributed to much of her son’s success. He can now provide a life for his children far superior to that of his own childhood, which to most young men growing up, is a goal not always achievable.
To question a man’s will to succeed – a man who succeeded by growing into a man in the first place – is something that has become all too common with the advent of social media.
It’s clear now that Melo only cares about the money
— Alec Ruiz (@Ambition_Music) July 13, 2014
Never before could someone do right by their family and be told he doesn’t want to succeed. The most unsuccessful of people would have slandered the decision of Anthony no matter which road he took. That’s all well and good as people are entitled to their opinions. What they aren’t entitled to are their own facts, or for their opinion to be respected.
One man who won’t be respecting those sorts of opinions is Anthony himself.
While he settles into retirement by 40-years-old, with an NBA championship ring or not, the same people tagging him with “he doesn’t want to succeed” will be strapping themselves in for another 20-plus years in the workforce at the same point in life.
The NBA has seen a number of great players end their careers without a championship, but are still celebrated today as if they had. Perhaps, Anthony will one day be remembered similarly should the Knicks not reach their goal in the next five years. Success comes in all forms and is ultimately subjective. For some, succeeding is winning an NBA championship, for others it’s raising a family.
George S. Patton, a former United States Army general said, “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”
Carmelo Anthony started life at the bottom and has figuratively bounced his way upwards ever since.