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Paul George Shows Support for Carmelo Anthony: ‘Let Him Hoop’

After their matchup on Tuesday, George reflected on his former teammate.

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images

NBA players continue to show their support for Carmelo Anthony’s return to the league with the Portland Trail Blazers. On Tuesday, Portland visited Paul George and the Los Angeles Clippers. George talked after the game about why he values Melo as a friend, via ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk:

“He was the big brother, he was the mentor, he was the one who got me this chain,” George said, clutching a gold chain as he looked back on his one season with Anthony on the Thunder. “The list goes on for what Melo did for me there.”

Responding to critics of Melo’s game and recent Player of the Week win, George had a simple message:

“Say what you want when he’s finished, but let him hoop. It’s great that he’s getting that recognition now. When it is all said and done -- people, let him play and let him hoop. It’s tough regardless when he came back; he had been out over a year, so there’s going to be some ups and downs. But let Melo hoop.”

You can read more about George’s support here.