Dwyane Wade shocked the NBA world when he finally left the Miami Heat after 13 years and headed to his hometown franchise, the Chicago Bulls.
Nobody could see the shooting guard departing South Beach. It was the only franchise he had ever played for and the 34-year-old played a pivotal role in all three of the championships the organisation has to its name.
It's likely only a few people close to Wade really knew he was considering leaving, but it would appear Carmelo Anthony was not one of them.
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The New York Knicks forward is one-quarter of the famous 'super friends' that also features Wade, LeBron James and Chris Paul. The four All-Stars recently appeared at the ESPY awards to make a collective plea for the violence to stop in America and can often be seen vacationing and training together.
However, Anthony insists he was just as shocked as anyone when the legendary two-guard returned to the Windy City.
"I was shocked," Anthony said before Thursday's Team USA practice at the United Center. "I was shocked more from a standpoint it was just hard to see. It's hard to see some players in different uniforms and he's one of those guys who I never thought I would see in a different uniform other than Miami. But it happened, and I got a chance to talk to him and sit down with him and really dig deep about his feelings and what happened. He's at peace now. And when he's at peace, I'm at peace with it.
"I don't think the masses really understand how difficult those decisions are," Anthony said. "And what goes into those decisions. And as athletes what's going through our mind during those decisions. A lot of people think we can just wake up and we can just make those decisions - it's not that easy."
All of a sudden, the Knicks and the Bulls have very talented rosters and should both be aiming to challenge in the Eastern Conference. That fact shouldn't surprise Anthony.