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Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony fires back at criticism over winning West Player of the Week

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A lot of people were happy for Portland Trail Blazers small forward Carmelo Anthony after he won Western Conference Player of the Week.

However, there were some pundits and fans who thought Anthony didn’t deserve the award over James Harden and Luka Doncic. As a result, the Blazers veteran has been the subject of criticism.

Anthony, though, couldn’t care less about the criticism, as he’s just thrilled to be back in the NBA after being out of a job for more than a year:

“I’ve seen the chatter, but I won’t allow myself to pay attention to that because I’ve come too far to start listening to that bull—-, to be honest with you,” Anthony told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “I won’t allow that negativity to creep in. I’ve worked so hard to get to that point mentally and emotionally. I won’t even let it happen.”

Anthony put up 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game for the Blazers last week. Portland defeated the Chicago Bulls twice and the Oklahoma City Thunder once.

Melo is averaging 16.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in seven games with the Blazers. The 10-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer is shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from the 3-point line and 85.0 percent from the charity stripe.

After losing to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, the Blazers are now 8-13 on the season.