Carmelo Anthony is fighting a losing battle at the New York Knicks right now.
Despite continuing to perform at an All-Star level, Melo is saddled with teammates who are either under performing or getting themselves arrested and the Knicks find themselves five and a half games out of the playoffs.
And Miami Heat star LeBron James is worried about his long time friend:
"I don't worry about their franchise. I worry about Carmelo Anthony," he told media at Wednesday's practice.
And the reigning NBA MVP made it clear that his concern for the struggling New York outfit only stretches as far as Melo:
"I always want him to win and succeed.
"Obviously he's been playing great basketball. I don't like seeing him lose like they've been losing, but I really don't care about the franchise."
It is looking increasingly likely that Anthony will leave the Knicks in free agency at season's end, and perhaps LeBron is trying to send a message to the seven-time All-Star that the Heat will make him happy.
Or maybe he is just disheartened, like the rest of us, that such a talented player is set to miss out on the playoffs this year despite his best efforts.
LeBron will have a chance to check on Melo's wellbeing when the Heat take on the Knicks Thursday night.