Anthony thanks Oklahoma City in appreciative letter
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One day after officially joining the Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony wrote a thank-you letter to Oklahoma City.
Anthony spent just one season with the Thunder but elected to express his appreciation to the fans and organization by penning a letter that was published in The Oklahoman.
Anthony's letter thanked Thunder stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George, among others.
It read like this:
"Thank You, OKC
I know it was only one season, but from the time I arrived in OKC, I was greeted with so much love from The Team, The Organization, and of course the INCREDIBLE fans of this amazing city. Throughout the entire season, game after game, you cheered me on and rooted for us as a team. That is something I will always cherish and never forget. That genuine support kept me going all season long.
IN LIFE, I've learned that things don't always turn out how you want. I wanted nothing more than to make it work here & help bring this city a championship. I'm sorry it didn't work out while I was here.
Thank you to Russ, PG, [general manager] Sam Presti, Coach Billy Donovan, my trainers and the entire staff who work so hard and diligently at Chesapeake Energy Arena and the practice facility. I appreciate you all very much. Last but not least, Thank You to [Thunder part-owner and chairman] Mr. [Clay] Bennett for believing in me.
This chapter of my career may be coming to an end but my story is far from over.
The 34-year-old Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points in his one season in Oklahoma City. The 10-time All-Star wasn't interested in switching to a reserve role with the club and was traded to the Atlanta Hawks, who bought out his $27.9 million contract for this season.
Anthony subsequently joined the Rockets on a one-year, $2.4 million deal, although head coach Mike D'Antoni said he isn't sure yet whether Anthony will be a starter or come off the bench.