Carmelo Anthony is enduring something of a rough patch in his NBA career at this point as he and the New York Knicks stare down the barrel of a second consecutive losing season.
Now 31, Melo is still chasing that elusive NBA title and, despite his All-Star spot this season, the 2015-16 campaign appears to have been a step backwards for his ambitions.
What's more, a number of his friends who entered the league with him back in 2003 - namely LeBron James and Dwyane Wade - have five titles between them at this stage of their careers. Speaking today, Anthony admits seeing his peers' success has made him question himself.
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"I don't think envy is kind of the right word," Anthony said Friday when asked about the success of James, Wade and Chris Paul. "I do look at my peers and say 'damn what am I doing wrong'."
"I should be there," he continued, via New York Daily News reporter Frank Isola. "There was one point in time where they were looking at me as that. Now, it's a rough patch for me."
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Anthony's honest comments come on the back of his own frank assessments of his, and the Knicks, current situation expressed over the past week or so.
With New York's playoff hopes all but extinguished for another year, it certainly looks like his legacy is starting to weigh quite heavy on Melo's mind.
Keeping up with the James'
Anthony has never made the NBA Finals - he came closest when with Denver in 2009 - a fact that doesn't compare too favourably to the trio of names listed above.
James, in his time with Cleveland and Miami, has been to the big dance on six occasions and has four rings while Wade has three championships to his name.
Paul, like Anthony, hasn't been to the Finals in his career although with the Los Angeles Clippers sitting at the right end of the Western Conference at present, he is in a stronger position to change that this season.
While Melo likely doesn't have too many years left in league to achieve his goals, there is still hope in New York.
Before their recent poor run - they've lost 15 of their last 18 games - New York had been showing signs of progress this season and were in contention for the postseason in the East. Anthony himself appeared resurgent in a father-figure type role alongside rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis.
With plenty of cap space likely available for what is expected to be a bumper free agency class this summer, there could still be bright times ahead for the veteran and his franchise.
Whether any of James, Wade or CP3 will have added to their accomplishments by that time, is another question.