Carmelo Anthony named Western Conference Player of Week

Carmelo Anthony named Western Conference Player of Week

Carmelo Anthony named Western Conference Player of Week

"Ref", Anthony cried out to no one in particular.

His time with the Blazers is apparently different from that.

That friend was Carmelo Anthony, and it turns out he was very close to calling it a career months later, despite having an important ally on one of the NBA's premier teams. Prior to that, his last appearance in the league came November 8, 2018 - the end of a failed 10-game stint with the Houston Rockets. But the call didn't come. "It was hard. But there came a point when I was, like, "You know what?"

Still, Anthony admitted that he would have likely moved on if he had still been waiting on an opportunity at this point.

"I had prepared myself to just kind of walk away from the game if the right situation didn't come about", Anthony told Nichols. I just had a year off ...

Throughout his sabbatical from the league, Anthony was outspoken in his belief he could still play. "I was ready to walk away".

Anthony said he didn't sign with the Blazers for the Wade treatment. "I think I've earned that right". "He fought through all the negative baggage about him and just hung in there long enough and had a belief system that allowed him to get back". Anthony said. "I mean, we've been - we're 17 years in".

That mental fortitude has allowed him to quickly make an impact with the Blazers. Nonetheless unsigned coming into the 2019-20 season, Anthony went greater than a calendar 12 months earlier than he was picked up by the Path Blazers this month.

That smile was on Anthony's face during the middle of a play in the third quarter of the Trail Blazers' game at Cleveland, his expression symbolizing the evolution of a Hall of Fame player while also explaining how a player who was out of the National Basketball Association for more than a year can step in and be so productive.

While Anthony finished with just nine points, six rebounds and a negative-14 in plus/minus in Portland's 117-97 loss to the LA Clippers Tuesday, the spark he has provided to the Blazers after Portland's horrific start to the season can not be overstated.

"I was preparin' myself".

It's safe to say that Anthony's Blazers tenure is going much better than Houston.

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