Carmelo is back and for fans that remember the Syracuse days things couldn’t be better. But before we jump into the future we would be remise if we didn’t take a moment and look at the past… it might help us take advantage of what many are calling a bright future using the mybookie site.
The Recent Past
Carmelo Anthony has only been back in the NBA for roughly one week, and he’s already back making highlight-reel plays for fans to enjoy.
The Trail Blazers took a flier on Anthony by signing him, and it’s already paying off. He scored 39 points combined in his first three games with the team, but his best performance thus far came during Monday’s 117-94 win over the Bulls.
Anthony shot an efficient 10-of-20 in the game, resulting in 25 points, and he also showed that he can still get up on one particular play. It took place in the fourth quarter, with Melo working on Tomas Satoransky on the wing. He drove the lane, blew by Satoransky, and was then met by Wendell Carter Jr. at the rim. Anthony wasn’t fazed, though, as he posterized Carter with a powerful slam.
Melo dunked on Wendell Carter LOOOOOL pic.twitter.com/ta8ZISwPx8
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) November 26, 2019
Anthony turned back the clock in throwing down that entertaining dunk.
When Hope Won
Seasoned veteran Carmelo Anthony is back in the NBA, having signed with the Trail Blazers, and on Tuesday, he suited up for his first game action in over a year.
Anthony hadn’t seen minutes in an NBA contest since Nov. 8, 2018, as a member of the Rockets. He was released shortly thereafter, and has been out of the league since. It’s unclear exactly why, but there were rumors circulating about him being unhappy to come off the bench, and also his issues on the defensive end of the floor.
He poked fun at one of them recently, when speaking to reporters for the first time since signing with the team. Melo fielded a question about potentially coming off the Blazers bench, and he responded with this funny one-liner.
“Who, me?” Melo asked, with a laugh.
Why We Love Melo
Veteran forward Carmelo Anthony is back in the NBA, and it appears he may get his swan song after all.
Anthony was signed and released by the Rockets just a few weeks later last November, in what appeared to be a bit of a curious move. And the fact that the Rockets parted ways with him so quickly scared other NBA teams away from signing him, which led some to believe that would spell the end of his NBA career.
Ending on that note would’ve been a brutal way for one of the best scorers in NBA history to go out, and we couldn’t be happier for Melo. He appears excited about the opportunity, and shared his thoughts for the first time on his YouTube channel.
“I always kept my eye on Portland,” he said. “It just didn’t work out at other times, but now it seems like it’s a perfect opportunity.
We can’t wait to see Melo suit up and play his first minutes with the Blazers — as he hasn’t played in a game since Nov. 8, 2018 — and hope that he gets to finish out the season. The league and its fans deserve one more year of Melo.
When It Seemed Impossible
Carmelo Anthony remains unsigned, which is understandable on the NBA level, but the fact that USA Basketball turned him down really is a bit ridiculous.
Melo, after all, played on four USA Basketball teams, which meant he gave up four of his summers. And given that the team is currently having an issue with many stars bailing on the FIBA World Cup, Anthony’s loyalty should be rewarded. Not only that, it seems like the right thing to do, as maybe if he played in a few games for Team USA, he’d be able to parlay that into a contract with an NBA team.
And yet, for some reason, Jerry Colangelo and Co. turned Anthony down, even though he himself expressed desire to play for the team.
It was a bit surprising when the news broke, and we stated how we felt Anthony deserved better. Apparently, we’re not alone, as Mavs owner Mark Cuban also echoed those sentiments, in a recent interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio.
Cuban raises some great points, and we couldn’t agree more. Melo deserves a shot, and the team certainly could’ve found stretches in games where he’d be useful, especially in contests with lopsided scores.
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