During his media availability ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers training camp, future Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony noted that he “had to swallow that pill” in regard to coming off the bench. That said, he noted that he looks forward to playing this season for the Blazers, due to the way the team has treated him.
Carmelo Anthony on coming off the bench: "I had to swallow that pill. We had multiple conversations leading up to me coming back here. It was very honest and transparent from both sides. I was comfortable with the situation. They let me know I will still be a major part."— Sean Highkin (@highkin) December 4, 2020
Anthony noted the clear communication from President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey played a key role in his decision, as did his relationship with the organization and players Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. In Olshey’s availability, he discussed that the Blazers regard themselves as the keepers of Anthony’s legacy.
Carmelo Anthony says he talked to Neil Olshey about protecting his legacy and liked that Olshey was committed to not letting this chapter of his career go the way his brief time in Houston did.— Sean Highkin (@highkin) December 4, 2020
While Anthony acknowledged it was difficult to accept that he wouldn’t start, he is committed to making it work, especially as he has “high hopes” for the Blazers this season.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have high hopes.”— AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) December 4, 2020
Carmelo Anthony on the Trail Blazers’ chances to win the chip this year #RipCity
Anthony joined the Blazers last November on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal. He re-signed with Portland during free agency.