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Carmelo Anthony details how he hit ‘rock bottom’ before joining Blazers

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony’s NBA career looked like it was over before the Portland Trail Blazers essentially picked him off the scrap heap, and it sounds like he was struggling a lot mentally during that time.

Anthony told The Uninterrupted’s “WRTS: After Party” that he hit “rock bottom” after his failed stint with the Houston Rockets.

“I don’t think nobody will understand what I went through emotionally to get through and to be where I’m at today,” Anthony said, via Howie Kussoy of the New York Post. “I’m talking about doubting myself. I’m talking about mentally wanting to give up.

“I hit rock bottom emotionally, and I had to build myself back up—basically by myself—to get here where I’m at today to be able to tell this story.”

Anthony has said previously that he was already mentally preparing for retirement before the Blazers came in with their offer. Now he’s averaging 15.3 points per game and has proven that he has a role in the NBA beyond this season. It sounds like he went through quite a bit to get back to this point.

Darko Milicic takes high road in response to Carmelo Anthony shade

Darko Milicic took the high road in response to some recent shade from Carmelo Anthony.

Melo was on an Instagram Live conversation with friend Dwyane Wade on Friday and talked about their careers. Anthony pretended not to know who was drafted ahead of him at No. 2 overall (Detroit took Milicic). Anthony also said that if the Pistons took him instead of Darko, he would have won a few championships.

Milicic, who is 34 and a farmer in Serbia now, responded in comments to Serbian outlet Blic.

Here is the rough translation via Google Translate. The takeaway theme is that Milicic was taking the high road.

“As for these stories, so if my story is not told, they thank God have succeeded – I have not. We are not kids, we are adults, I hope, mature to understand that life is full of ups and downs. Advice to them, since I consider them less good guys, you should not be judged and ridiculed when thank God you didn’t last time I am, and you didn’t have a job at the beginning of your career with a vain and meanwhile senile Larry Brown who might be trying to explain to you that what you are actually doing best is not good for you and trying to make you something you are not really and still be humiliated for everything you do well. As always, I wish them all the best and every honor on their careers and in further life, many successes and less condemnation,” he said.

Milicic was only 18 when he was drafted and barely played until he was traded to Orlando after three seasons with Detroit. Had he been selected outside of the lottery and later in the first or even the second round, he wouldn’t have been ridiculed for his career. Instead, he had the misfortune of being selected behind LeBron James and before Carmelo, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. You had four possible Hall of Famers in five picks, and Darko was taken ahead of three of them. That’s a rough legacy.

The last time Milicic played in a game last year, he was looking massive.

Larry Nance Jr. seems to think Carmelo Anthony is in his final season

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony has been a positive contributor for Portland this season, but Larry Nance Jr seems to think that he is just about at the end of the line.

The Cleveland Cavaliers forward tweeted Monday that a big reason he wants the season to continue is so that he can get his Anthony Denver Nuggets jersey signed (along with his Vince Carter Toronto Raptors jersey).

While the 43-year-old Carter has already said that the 2019-20 season will be his last, Anthony, who is much younger at 35, has made no such assertion. His numbers this season for the Blazers (15.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game on 37.1 percent from deep) also show that he can still produce.

True, the ex-scoring champ Anthony did not get an NBA deal until November this season and will be a free agent again come the offseason. But he is already getting buzz about a potential home for next season, so it seems like a safe bet that Anthony has at least one more year left in him.

Carmelo Anthony thinks he would have had multiple rings if drafted by Pistons

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony will very likely retire from the NBA without a championship ring, but he thinks that things would have been much different if the Detroit Pistons had not passed on him back in 2003.

During an Instagram Live session on Friday with fellow Banana Boat brother Dwyane Wade, the Portland Trail Blazers forward said that he would have had multiple rings had he been drafted by Detroit.

“I don’t know what I would’ve been if I would’ve went to Detroit,” said Anthony. “I know I would’ve had maybe two or three rings.”

Though the ten-time All-Star Anthony had just led Syracuse to the national title at the time, the Pistons selected Serbian center Darko Milicic with the No. 2 overall choice instead in an all-time great draft whiff. Anthony then went to the Denver Nuggets with the very next selection.

It is unclear how Anthony would have fit in with that superstar-less Pistons team that went on to win the NBA championship in 2004. Defensive stopper Tayshaun Prince, a crucial part of the team’s essence, was already entrenched at small forward, and Larry Brown, who was of the no-nonsense style Anthony never seemed to mesh with, was their coach. Then again, had Anthony been around that culture of selflessness and discipline from the very start of his career at age 19, his player arc probably would have looked a lot different.

George Karl burying hatchet with Carmelo Anthony?

George Karl

George Karl and Carmelo Anthony did not exactly have the best relationship, but it looks like Karl may effectively be extending an olive branch.

The former NBA Coach of the Year tweeted on Monday that he had been asked to name the top five starters that he had coached. Karl included Anthony, his old Denver Nuggets star, at the forward spot. Rounding out Karl’s five were Gary Payton, Chauncey Billups, Ray Allen, and Shawn Kemp. He also named Joe Barry Carroll and World B. Free as potential alternates.

For Karl, who coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Sacramento Kings on top of the Nuggets, including Anthony is especially interesting. The two men clashed during their time together in Denver, and Karl unloaded on Anthony in a 2016 book, calling the ex-scoring champ a “user of people” and criticizing his defense.

Anthony has since accepted and thrived in a reduced role in Portland though, and it sounds like Karl’s issues with him may finally be a thing of the past.

Report: Knicks could bring Carmelo Anthony back next season

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The New York Knicks are about to hire Carmelo Anthony’s longtime agent as their new team president, which could lead to a reunion next season.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, multiple NBA executives believe incoming Knicks president Leon Rose will be interested in bringing Anthony back to the Knicks next season. Rose has served as Anthony’s agent since 2009, and helped engineer his move to the Knicks from the Denver Nuggets in 2011.

Anthony admitted he still speaks to Rose “multiple times a week,” and would not rule out ending his career as a Knick when asked about it Thursday.

Anthony has gone from near retirement to being a key player for the Portland Trail Blazers. He’s averaging 15.5 points per game this season and can still make at least some contribution to an NBA team. He won’t lead the Knicks to the promised land, but it would at least be a nice story.

Video: Carmelo Anthony still receives ‘Honey Nut Cheerios’ chant

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Indiana Pacers fans went way back in the time machine to break out a taunt for Carmelo Anthony on Thursday night.

As Melo shot free throws during the first quarter of Portland’s 106-100 loss to Indiana on Thursday, some Pacers fans behind the basket could be heard chanting “Honey Nut Cheerios.”

What’s the story with the Honey Nut Cheerios?

Well, back in 2013, the Knicks and Celtics got into a fight during a January game, with Anthony and Kevin Garnett getting into it. Anthony tried waiting for Garnett by the bus after the game.

A rumor circulated saying that Garnett got under Anthony’s skin by saying Carmelo’s wife La La tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios, which was an inference that he had been with her while Carmelo and La La were going through marital troubles. The rumor spiraled out of control to the point that Boston had to ban signs referencing the rumor. La La later said the rumor was not true and Garnett never said that.

Regardless, people still enjoy the rumor and decided to use it against Anthony — seven years later. That’s no surprise from Pacers fans, who are a particularly clever bunch.

Carmelo Anthony won’t play against Lakers on Friday due to Kobe Bryant’s death

Carmelo Anthony

The Portland Trail Blazers are set to take on the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Friday night in what will undoubtedly be an emotional night, and Carmelo Anthony has decided not to take part.

Anthony has been ruled out for Friday night’s game due to personal reasons, and Shams Charania of Stadium has confirmed the speculation that Carmelo will not play in the game because he is grieving the loss of Kobe Bryant and Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Anthony and Bryant were close friends, and Carmelo said in an emotional Instagram post this week that he spoke with Kobe recently and was expecting to see the former Lakers star at Friday’s game.

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Damn Bro!! I hate when I have so much to say, but I can’t put any of it into words. The times I have the most to say are the times that I can’t talk. I’m screaming inside but I can’t be heard. YOU don’t know how hard it is to try to pretend to smile when I have these clouds of emotions. YOU just called me and told me you were coming to the game Friday and that you were proud of me and “regardless of anything, stay true to myself and STAYME7O” We were just laughing about how hard YOU was working GiGi and her teammates and I told YOU they need a day off This pain is almost unbearable Champ! Why you bro? Why GiGi? Why leave Vanessa with this Sadness and Pain. WHY? This will never make sense to me. I know I’m not suppose to question GODs Will. I know GOD doesn’t make mistakes. It just seems like It always rains the hardest on those who deserve the sun. There are moments in life when there’s simply NO words to describe the pain within. This is one of them. YOU will continue to be Loved. YOU will be missed. YOU will forever be remembered. YOUR legacy will live on FOREVER. OUR FRIENDSHIP will never be forgotten. I know YOU will be near, Even if I don’t see YOU. PEACE KING!!! “There Are No Goodbyes. Where Ever You’ll be, You’ll be in Our Hearts” All Praise Due #STAYME7O

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Charania also noted that Anthony and Bryant were supposed to have dinner together Thursday night in LA.

Players around the league are grieving the loss of Bryant and his daughter, and teams are allowing those players to handle the situation however they need to. We already saw another star player leave the arena the day of the helicopter crash and not return.

Friday’s game will be the first Lakers game at Staples Center since Kobe’s death.

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Other victims of the helicopter crash:
John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Tributes to Kobe:
Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences

More coverage:
Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41

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Carmelo Anthony says he considered going to Wizards

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Carmelo Anthony has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts with the Portland Trail Blazers, but he almost ended up on the other side of the country instead.

Speaking Friday before Portland’s game against Washington, the ten-time All-Star said that he considered signing with the Wizards before the Blazers made him an offer.

“In the midst of everything that was over the past year, it was like, ‘Why not try to go play with them?’ Why not go close to home?’” said Anthony, per Michael Lee of The Athletic. “You know, all that stuff came into play. That was kind of the only time I thought about it. If they called, I was ready. Even at that point and time, it was about me getting back in the game. If a team was willing to give me an opportunity, it’s something I would’ve have looked at.”

Anthony lived in nearby Baltimore as a kid and attended high school in Towson, Maryland. The call from the Wizards never came though, and Anthony signed with Portland instead.

The situation worked out nicely, as the veteran forward is now averaging 16.2 points and 6.2 rebounds a game for a Blazers team that is closer to contention than the young Wizards. It is still interesting that he considered Washington though, especially since another nearby team pushed for Anthony’s services.

Carmelo Anthony’s contract guaranteed for rest of season

Carmelo Anthony

The Portland Trail Blazers’ signing of Carmelo Anthony to a non-guaranteed contract has gone well so far and is leading to good news for the veteran.

Anthony’s contract is being fully guaranteed for the rest of the season, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Thursday.

Portland signed Anthony because they were struggling and needed depth with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins out. He played his first game with the team on November 19 and has averaged 16.9 points per game through eight games on 44.8 percent shooting.

The Blazers have gone 4-4 in Melo’s eight games and are a disappointing 9-13 this season after last season’s Western Conference finals appearance.