Carmelo Anthony played in his 4th game for the Portland Trailblazers, and it was by far his best performance so far this season. After struggling to find a team that would be interested in his services, the Blazers took a chance on Carmelo, and it's still too early to tell if that was the right basketball decision. Carmelo didn't play in a professional basketball game for almost a year, which resulted in some rumors he is even considering retirement despite the fact he was always active on social media posting his workouts every week.
In a recent interview for The Athletic, Carmelo talked about the possibility of retiring after this season. He said there is no way this season will be his farewell tour and that he has plenty of gas in the tank to play for a couple of more years. Melo is convinced he can still be a productive and valuable player in the NBA.
"This ain't a damn farewell tour," Anthony said. "My love for the game don't stop. I don't know where this 'farewell tour' thing came from. I've never talked about a farewell tour. I know what I can do, and I believe in myself. When a farewell tour comes, it comes. That's not something I think about. I'm not thinking about retiring right now. I had during this past stretch over the summer. "But ain't no retiring in my mind. I believe in what I have left.
In the four games played so far for the Blazers, Melo is slowly but surely getting back into his rhythm, averaging 16 points per game. He is still strugling with efficiency, but he will probably increase his shooting percentage as the season goes along. The Blazers are currently struggling and are not the team they were the last season, but hopefully, Carmelo's presence will help them get back on the winning side of things.