Last year, it seemed as if Carmelo Anthony’s career came to an abrupt end. After playing only 10 games for the Houston Rockets, Melo was traded and immediately waived by the Chicago Bulls, leaving the 10x All-star teamless for a long 10 month period before he was picked up by the Portland Trailblazers in November of 2019.
In a recent sitdown with J.J. Reddick on his podcast “The Old Man and the Three,” Anthony explained how that long 10-month period allowed him to reflect on his life both on and off the court.
One thing he emphasized the most was his gratitude for the opportunity he had been provided by the Blazers and how much it meant to him to be able to step back on the NBA hardwood to do what he does best.
“They called me: ‘We want you.’ And I was like, do you want me or you need me? Which one is it? And they said: ‘We need you.’ Because they told me that they needed me, I realized this is where I need to be[Portland].Carmelo Anthony, “The Old Man and the Three”
When asked about how his perception of Damian Lillard has changed since they have become teammates, Melo had this to say:
Melo went on to explain that even before he got picked up by the Blazers, he had multiple conversations with Dame in which he was trying to convince him to come to Portland. Mind you; Dame was one of the most vocal players regarding Melo’s absence in the league.
“He was like my biggest supporter. [Dame was saying]: ‘I need you here. Come to portland. We want you. This is where you need to be. You need to be over here with us.'”Carmelo Anthony, “The Old Man and the Three”
Hearing this, it comes to no surprise that Carmelo was a perfect fit for the Blazers. Basketball is and always will be a team sport. Therefore the key element for success is team chemistry, and it seems as if Melo and the Blazers have plenty of that.
As of right now, Melo is an unrestricted free agent looking to prolong his NBA career. We’re sure both he and the Blazers hope to reach an agreement for the upcoming season, but even if they don’t, Anthony’s play in Portland proved all the doubters wrong.
Melo still has plenty of gas left in the tank, and we are sure we’re gonna be watching him play NBA basketball in the 2021 season, whether in a Blazers uniform or not.