Draymond Green offers Carmelo defense — and dose of reality

Draymond Green agrees with Carmelo Anthony to an extent.

The Warriors volatile forward talked to ESPN.com about the website’s controversial list that set Anthony off on Twitter, and led to other NBA players venting their frustration on social media.

“I think when you look at Melo, Melo has been a great player in this league for some time now,” Green told the website. “Obviously, I think no one thinks that he’s the Melo he was five years ago, and that happens to everyone. That’s just the nature of the career that we’ve all chosen.

“At some point, you start to slow down and you’re not who you once were. So, I’m not going to sit here and lie and act like he is the Melo he was five years ago, but the 64th-best player in the NBA? All right, five years ago he was maybe sixth. He ain’t f—ing 64 [now].”

That’s where ESPN.com had him, though. And it was behind the likes of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, who was taken No. 2 in the draft. LaVar would likely agree with that, but Green doesn’t.

“I’m a firm believer in guys earning what they get, and I know he’s earned more than a 64. And when you see rookies coming in who haven’t played a game, that’s just clear-cut disrespect,” Green, who is ranked 10th on the list, said. “You’ve got guys who have given everything they had into this game and has proved s— year in and year out and then people just walk in and are ranked higher than someone? Let them get out there and prove something first.”

The Knicks are currently dealing with the reality of Anthony’s standing in the league, as they try and deal away the frustrated superstar after former president Phil Jackson spent much of last season trying to push him out the door. Anthony has a no-trade clause, and at the moment appears only willing to accept a trade to the Rockets. The deal is currently being held up by the Knicks’ unwillingness to accept Ryan Anderson and the three years and $60 million left on the…

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