Blazers news: Carmelo Anthony addresses potentially retiring after season with Portland
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Carmelo Anthony addresses potentially retiring after season with Blazers

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Carmelo Anthony signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, meaning he’ll become an unrestricted free agent after this season ends, assuming he makes it to the end of this season.

Despite being 35, Anthony says he’s not ready to retire from the NBA after the completion of the 2019-20 season:

“I feel good,” Carmelo Anthony told ESPN‘s Rachel Nichols. “Just because I’m 35 years old, and I’m supposed to be, you know, the book says you’re supposed to be about to retire around this time? Like — like, no, I’ve always been against all odds … I just had a year off … I had a year off restin’ my body.

“The most important part about that is I rested my mind, right. I got my mind right. And I don’t think people understand how strong that is. When you’re able to get your mind right, everything else flows.”

Anthony is averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists in six games with the Blazers, who are 3-3 since signing Melo.

Anthony put up 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Blazers last week. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week.

It’s great to see Melo back in the NBA and playing well. Now, we just have to wait and see if Anthony can keep this strong play up for the rest of the season against elite teams.