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Carmelo Anthony on coming off the bench next season: 'That's out of the question'

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One and done for Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder? That's too early to predict. But one and not fun? That's a given.

Since the Thunder were thumped in six games by the Jazz in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Anthony's dissatisfaction with his role in his first season in OKC has become even more apparent.

Saturday during his exit interview, Anthony said, "It wasn't no strategy to me being here, me being a part of the actual system and what type of player and things like that ... I don't think I can be effective as that type of player. "

But that's all about the 2017-18 season. What about next season? Well, if the Thunder want him coming off the bench, they better think again. Melo is having none of that. When asked if he'd consider coming off the bench, Anthony said, "I'm not sacrificing no bench role. So that's out of the question."

Anthony has started all 1,054 games in his NBA career, which began in 2003 in Denver. And despite his age (33) and the fact he is coming off his worst season statistically (16.2 ppg), Anthony doesn't appear ready to step aside.

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