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Blazers’ Carmelo Anthony has no hard feelings with Rockets stint

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Carmelo Anthony said he has no hard feelings toward his recent 10-game stint with the Houston Rockets, one that saw him exiled from basketball after the team chose to part ways with him early in the season, forcing him to miss the vast majority of the 2018-19 campaign. The Portland Trail Blazers forward dropped 18 points and 12 rebounds in a convincing 117-107 win over his former team, noting his return to the Toyota Center was nothing more than another game on the schedule.

“I honestly don’t have any feelings about going back,” Anthony told media in Portland after Monday’s game, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. “I was only there a couple weeks. I don’t really have any type of feelings going back.”

Melo’s issue seems to be more with how Rockets general manager Daryl Morey handled his exit rather than with any of the players, coaching staff, or the organization as a whole.

It was Morey’s “vision” that brought him in and it was also his decision to pull him away from the team after 10 games before trading him to the Chicago Bulls, who later waived him after being unable to find a trade.

Anthony has been plenty more productive with the Blazers, as head coach Terry Stotts and his teammates have allowed him to operate with comfort and put him in positions to thrive, rather than mold him to a skillset he wasn’t meant to excel in.

Melo is averaging a consistent 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 44.9% from the field and a career-best 39.6% clip from long-range.