Carmelo Anthony named Western Conference Player of Week

Tanya Simon
December 4, 2019

Off to a awful start, and dealing with multiple injuries in the frontcourt, the Trail Blazers were in desperate need of a boost.

Some background: This was the third game in Anthony's return, and his first game playing with both Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, as Lillard returned to the lineup after missing two games with back spasms.

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

Despite the early success, Anthony told ESPN's Rachel Nichols on Tuesday that he was prepared to retire if he didn't land in the right situation.

"I was preparin' myself".

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

"There were a lot of teams that I thought I was going to be on", Anthony told Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points. "It was hard. But there came a point when I was, like, "You know what?" So a situation like Portland, where I could just come in and just play my game and have a group of guys that really want me, and the organization that want me. I'm ready to give it up, because I just knew that at that point in time from a basketball standpoint, that narrative that it - it was already out there.

In the end, Anthony was never offered a deal with the Lakers and some fans felt like it was shady on LeBron's part.

Carmelo Anthony has been in great touch for Portland Trail Blazers ever since making a comeback to the court with them this season. The Trail Blazers went 3-0, beating the Bulls twice as well as the Thunder. In addition, the team's offensive rating has been 8.4 points better with him on the floor. Retirement, at least for now, can wait.

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