If it weren't for the golden chance given by the Portland Trail Blazers, it is quite possible that NBA veteran Carmelo Anthony would have retired by now. However, back in the 2019-20 NBA season, the Blazers placed their faith in Melo and he repaid it by giving his 100% on the court.
However, after spending two seasons with the Blazers, Carmelo turned the next page in his career. He joined his longtime friend LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. Although Melo is no longer the player he once was, he can still prove lethal from the bench and, of course, he brings a lot of playoff experience to the table too.
As for his run with the Blazers, Carmelo summarised it pretty well on "All The Smoke" podcast.
"Portland was real solid. They brought me in and I played right away. And that’s all I ever wanted to do was just hoop, man, I love to hoop. I wanted to be on the court. Then, I’m playing with Dame, I’m playing with CJ, they opened they arms, they opened they city, their organization, so I had to be loyal to those guys. Like, I’m going to give you what I got.
"Dame is a real one because Dame always knew like, ‘Man we don’t care about what nobody else is saying. We know you can play. I know you can play. I see you. I talk to you.’ So when you get somebody like that, rocking with you, it makes that situation easier."
Upon hearing such kind words from his former teammate, Damian Lillard reacted to it on his Twitter account.
It would have been great to see the two stars play for a couple of seasons more, but at the end of the day, NBA players got to do what's best for their career. In this case, joining the LA Lakers might be Melo's last shot at retiring from the NBA with a ring on his resume.
The Lakers are the newest super team in the league and it would be fun to see them in action. But considering their star players are relatively older than some other teams, the only thing that can stop them is injuries.