For Carmelo Anthony, it all started in Denver. After being drafted to the Nuggets 3rd overall in the 2003 Draft, he made a name for himself as an NBA superstar, averaging 24.8 points in 8 seasons with the franchise.
And though that's all ancient history now, Carmelo Anthony recently admitted (ahead of his match against his former team) that he was open to a return after his latest stints in Houston and Oklahoma City failed.
“I was open to it,” Anthony said, via The Denver Post. “We talked about it. People in my circle were like, ‘Go back to Denver.’ If it was that easy I probably would’ve done it. A lot of things came into play when it comes to that, kind of out of my control at that time, the timing was off. Similar to Portland, the timing has always just been off. All of the sudden that window of opportunity was there.”
It'd be tough to find anyone who thinks a Melo reunion to Denver would not have been an awesome thing to see. The Nuggets seem to actually be in need of some wing scoring at the moment.
Nevertheless, it was Portland who rang first. So far, Melo did right in returning their call. In 11 games with the Blazers, he's averaging 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists while shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Alas, the days of Melo in the Mile High City may really be over.