It has been easy to get lost in the whirlwind of excitement that is Carmelo Anthony's return to the National Basketball Association these past two weeks.
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.
The Blazers were trailing 63-59 and moving up the court in transition when McCollum took a couple dribbles. 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. They signed him to a non-guaranteed deal, and hoped for the best.
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"I would never do that".
Throughout his sabbatical from the league, Anthony was outspoken in his belief he could still play. "I don't know what he's doin" on his side, but I would never put him, as a friend, as a brother, in that situation.
"I never called him and said, "What're we doin"?' Or "I need you to do this for me.' I would never do that". "Just because I'm 35 years old and I'm supposed to be, you know, the book says you're supposed to be about to retire around this time?" No, I've always been against all odds. I would never put him in that situation.
"Those are fun games, though, right?" he added. "When you are just getting up in the morning and you have to force yourself to go to the gym, I don't think people understand how hard that is, how difficult that is".
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Anthony believes that the year off made him mentally stronger.
"The most important part about that is I rested my mind right".
"I'm happy for him because he stayed in shape and he did all the things he needed to do to get back in", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.
"When you're able to get your mind right, everything else flows".
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