- Carmelo Anthony fell from the NBA top 50 ranking
- Lonzo Ball a rookie, gets ranked before Carmelo prior to playing his first NBA game
- Players and Fans react negatively to this
ESPN has just recently concluded its annual NBA ranking, and many are curious as to why this years player rankings is one of the most criticized in recent history. To start, the largest story coming out of this ranking is the demotion of Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, who has been a top 50 player all of his career has been marked at #63 in the league this year after putting up similar statistics to his last 5 seasons. Carmelo is a 10 time NBA all star and a 3 time Olympic gold medalist making him one of the most decorated players to ever step on the court. His fall from the top 50 hints that his career is on the decline when in reality he can still compete on the highest level and has averaged over 20 points per game in every season of his career. While the number alone offended Carmelo, being placed behind a rookie who hasn’t played a single game hurt him more. The rookie I am referring to is Lonzo Ball, a LA Laker who previously led his college team UCLA to the best season they’ve had in years. Over the span of his college season, Lonzo ball began growing in popularity to the point where he and his father Lavar ball were essentially household names. Coming into the league, he is easily the most famous of his freshman class and took the summer league MVP. While his accomplishments are impressive, he has still yet to play a full NBA game thus ranking him over Carmelo Anthony, a veteran of over 10 years is deemed by many as extremely disrespectful. After thousands of tweets from angry fans, confused commentators, and astounded analysts, Carmelo Anthony broke his silence on the topic and addressed it all in a tweet. He stated that he, like many basketball fans thought the list was disrespectful and he was having a hard time making sense of it. Along with Carmelo, CJ McCollum took to twitter stating, “We need to start ranking these weak ass journalists.” This really displayed the attention professional athletes pay to external criticism and how often they feel a disconnect with media. This has been shown time and time again in the world of sports whether its LeBron and Stephen A Smith getting into debate over false information or its Marshawn lynch completely disregarding journalists questions for an entire interview. Because they are frequently under the microscope many of them feel the need to defend their image or name from what is being spread through out the media. Professional athletes have feelings like everyone else and with players like Kevin Durant in the league it is becoming more and more likely to see players responding to negative articles and press. When Kevin Durant moved to Golden State people cursed him calling him a slew of names from traitor, to bandwagon, to snake, and many more less appropriate ones. Kevin Durant responded to all of this criticism and hate with a pair of shoes that have all of his accomplishments written over what the naysayers said on the sides. All in all, athletes see articles the same way we do and seeing them react like humans should not be a surprise to people.