There aren’t many players in the NBA who’d ask for less minutes, but most players aren’t Carmelo Anthony who currently leads the league in time played with 40.5 minutes per game.
An already exhausted Melo reportedly expressed some frustration with his over-usage (if you will), suggesting he didn’t want to play such an elevated number of minutes, this according to the New York Post:
“I don’t want to play 45 minutes every night,’’ Anthony said Friday at the Boys Club in The Bronx, where he distributed free food as part of the Carmelo Anthony Foundation. “At this rate if that’s what I have to do to try to help this team, then I’m all for it.’’
Carmelo is of course coming off a shoulder injury and suggested that the intensive rehab to repair the injury (his shoulder was torn in two places) ate into his offseason conditioning.
Regardless, even if he’s to get a reduction in minutes, Melo is still going to be among the league leaders in minutes played – like it or not.