Carmelo Says He Feels ‘Born Again’ Now That He’s Playing With Actual Good Players

For the first time in his 14-year career, Carmelo Anthony is playing on a squad that has an actual chance to make it to the NBA Finals and win it all.

It took awhile, but Melo was finally traded from the New York Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder and he couldn’t be happier. While speaking with the NY Post, Melo expalined why he feels ‘born again’ and why fans should expect more of ‘Olympic Melo’ to come out this season.

“Olympic Melo connotation comes into play [where] I’m surrounded by great players,’’ Anthony said. “I try to get where the game is easier for myself, easier for everybody else. That’s where I can come in and not have to do too much and bring my game and help me blend with other guys.

I’ve always been a product of my environment. Whatever environment wants from me, that’s what I give my environment. This environment is different, reminds me of being around Olympic teams, those great teams.’’

Melo then took a subtle shot at the Knicks when explaining how energetic and joyful he is now that he’s playing with actual good players.

“I’m like born again a little bit,’’ Anthony said. “I feel like I’m in college again. My second college campus being around in a city with a college feel. The energy and joy is back with the game of basketball. I can feel it when I wake up. That energy is different. I think you’ll see something special.’’

Melo’s time with the Knicks produced some special moments, but derailed rather quickly when Phil Jackson came aboard.