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Carmelo Anthony FaceTimed with Knicks fan and brain cancer patient ahead of Blazers debut

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10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony is set to make his Portland Trail Blazers debut on Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Before the game, Anthony FaceTimed die-hard New York Knicks fan Gianna Gregoire, who was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Melo may not be a Knick anymore, but he’s still in the hearts of New Yorkers everywhere:

This is truly special. Anthony is about to play in his first NBA game in over a year, and yet he’s taking the time out of his day to talk with this wonderful fan. It just goes to show you that NBA players have big hearts and Melo is a great role model for young kids everywhere.

Anthony played in just 10 games with the Houston Rockets before the franchise exiled and traded him to the Chicago Bulls last season. The Bulls waived Anthony, who didn’t receive any interest from teams since entering the open market until the Blazers swooped in.

Melo averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with the Rockets while shooting 40.5 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The entire NBA community is rooting for Anthony to have success with the Blazers, especially Gianna Gregoire, whose day was made when Melo decided to facetime her.