Carmelo Anthony was asked on Wednesday about his impression of the presidential election.
Here are his thoughts:
"Now it's our responsibility as men and women take it into our own hands, be role models and be our own leaders at this point, regardless of kind of who's the commander in chief. I think we have more of a responsibility now, especially with the youth and kind of educating them. I've talked to youth, I've talked to kids today, this morning, my family. You could just hear kind of the nervousness. They're afraid. They don't know what to think. People don't know what to do at this point. So I think it's up to us as individuals to kind of just take that responsibility and lead, everybody got to lead in their own way. We can't rely on a system or one person. We got to move on from that."
Anthony was then asked if he was surprised by Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton.
"I wasn't honestly surprised, to be honest with you. I wasn't surprised. The way that things are going now in this country, the educated and uneducated, the people that is out there who was voting, I wasn't surprised at that,” he said.
Anthony said he hasn't yet talked to close friend LeBron James, who campaigned for Clinton. Anthony spent the election watching with his family, including his young son, Kiyan.
"This morning him having questions, it's a conversation we're all going to have to have with our kids. What is that conversation?” Anthony said. "That's the scary part for me. What is that conversation?”
Anthony has been an active in asking athletes to use their platform to address social unrest in the country. He was asked a vague question about how his stance against some social issues aligns with some of the rhetoric from Trump.
"I am a big believer in worrying about the things you can control, and I think in this situation, we as people have to worry about things we can control," he said. "We can't control what's going to happen. But that don't mean that we have to stop [pursuing social causes] just because somebody is in the position now that we might not agree with, we might not like, we might not want in that position. The work has to start right now, and it's going to be even harder, but we can't stop working."