Carmelo Anthony Wishes He ‘Could Reach Out’ to Jahlil Okafor After Suspension

December 3rd, 2015 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »

Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor was suspended for two games Wednesday for his role in fights outside a Boston bar last week, and New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony sympathizes with what the highly touted rookie is going through.

The Knicks defeated the Sixers 99-87 Wednesday night without Okafor in the lineup. Afterward, Melo discussed Okafor's situation and its parallels to what he went through as a young player with the Denver Nuggets, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post:

I wish I could reach out to [Okafor]. I had to learn the hard way. Unfortunately. I had to figure out that I had control of my own career and which direction I wanted to go in.

There comes a time you sit down with yourself, have some 'me' time and figure out what you want out of your life and career. There was some people I was able to get advice [from] and vent to, but a lot of my experiences I had to deal with on my own.

The 31-year-old Anthony also brought up the fact that a lack of veteran leadership in Philly's locker room may have been a contributing factor in Okafor getting into some off-court trou ...

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