Carmelo Anthony details emotional journey in finding new NBA team
Portland Trail Blazers star Carmelo Anthony opened up about his time in limbo
Prior to finding a home in Portland with the Blazers, the 6-foot-8 forward spent nearly a year in basketball purgatory. He played in just 10 games in 2018-19 before the Houston Rockets traded him to the Chicago Bulls, who subsequently waived him.
Anthony admitted that at that time, he felt that he had hit rock bottom.
“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,” Carmelo Anthony said on The Uninterrupted’s “WRTS: After Party,” via Megan Armstrong of Bleacher Report. “So, this season will always be one of the highlight chapters of any story [that I tell].”
The 35-year-old Blazers forward then went on to share the roller coaster ride he experienced last year and the adverse effect it had on him both as a player and as a person.
“If I ever write a book, this chapter would be highlighted. I mean, you gotta think—and I’m just gonna give a full-year span in a quick sense. I go from New York, making the All-Star Game, averaging 22, 23 [points] in the Eastern Conference, dealing with everything that I was dealing with off the court, organizational structure, just everything I was dealing with in New York,” Melo shared
“… Getting traded the day before media day to OKC. Going to OKC, actually really liking it, didn’t work out for whatever reason, to going to Houston the following year to playing nine games. The first time I’ve ever come off the bench in 15 years. Ever. So that was an adjustment for me. Leading to having a year off. … I don’t think nobody will understand what I went through emotionally to get through and to be where I’m at today. I’m talking about doubting myself. I’m talking about mentally wanting to give up.”
We’re just happy for Anthony now that he is with the Blazers. He still has a lot of basketball left in his tank, and we’re looking forward to seeing him on the court for years to come.