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Carmelo Anthony Accepts Bench Role, Notes ‘I Had To Swallow That Pill’

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In the veteran All-Star’s media availability, Melo discussed coming off the bench.

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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.

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.

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.

Anthony joined the Blazers last November on a one-year, non-guaranteed deal. He re-signed with Portland during free agency.