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Carmelo Anthony sums up another sad Knicks season with cryptic, confusing comments

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One of the easiest things on the internet is finding pictures of Carmelo Anthony while he's looking sad and playing for the New York Knicks.

That's the price you pay for some of the decisions that he's made throughout his career, and he's made a lot of money in the process.

But you can't help but feel bad for the former Syracuse national champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist.

Melo will be free in May yet again as the Knicks will officially miss the playoffs after another loss. It's the 12th time in 16 seasons the team will miss out on the playoffs.

The Knicks have reached the playoffs three times in Melo's seven seasons in New York, reaching the second round just once.

Team president Phil Jackson seems well behind the times for a modern franchise decision-maker, James Dolan is one of the more loathsome owners in sports, and Anthony might just be the only superstar in the league who is unsure of his role.

At least that's what he had to say Wednesday after the Knicks latest loss to the Miami Heat, a 105-88 beatdown at Madison Square Garden.

Anthony had some cryptic comments after the game.

"I don't even know my role," he said. "I don't know my role to be honest. I'm just here to kind of help those guys and keep those guys positive and motivated. I get in where I fit in."

(Two thumbs up for the Too $hort reference there!)

He went on...

"At this point, I think my role is to be there for those guys - the younger guys - throughout this time and help them along the way, not just in the games but in practice and other ways. Just to be there for them. I don't think me going out there trying to score 30 and 40 every night and playing that way is going to help them out at this point. For them it's just more about getting that experience - I said that before, getting that experience - and letting them go out there and play through that right now."

Carmelo said changing his game late in his career is a challenge.

"It's difficult because it's hard to change a player's game in the ninth inning," he said, channeling Jay-Z with that one.

Melo averaged 22.5 points per game this season, taking a team-leading 18.7 shots per game, 5.7 more than second-year star Kristaps Porzingis.

Carmelo will make $26.2 million next season wherever he plays, and then has a player option for $27.9 million in 2018-19.

It might be time for someone else to pay that contract.

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