Carmelo Anthony Was Preparing To Retire Before Blazers Offered Deal

Blazers Carmelo Anthony

During an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN on Tuesday, Anthony admitted that he was preparing to retire before the offer arrived from Portland. "So I'd been fightin" an uphill battle anyway if I didn't go to the right situation".

Even acknowledging that it's just been six games, and the Blazers haven't exactly faced a tough schedule, Anthony certainly looks like he belongs in the league. He was then traded to the Chicago Bulls but was waived without playing a game for them. 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.

Through two weeks with the Portland Trail Blazers, Anthony is averaging over 16 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 37 percent from 3-point range. Anthony needed a team that would take a chance on him, while the Blazers were in desperate need of a power forward and alternative scoring options to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.

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Anthony played just 10 games last season with Houston, but the Blazers had the need for some offense after Zach Collins underwent shoulder surgery and Jusuf Nurkic broke his leg. And I know for a fact he would go to bat for me, but I don't feel comfortable putting people in that situation, whether you're my friend or not.

Since signing with the Trail Blazers, Anthony has revived his career.

"There were a lot of teams that I thought I was going to be on", Anthony told Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points. I have to get rid of my pride, but also approach the game differently. If you want me to do X, Y, Z, I don't have no problem with doing it. "We're ready for you like yesterday.' That was it".

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