CJ McCollum speaks out on what Carmelo Anthony has brought to Blazers
The Blazers signed Anthony on Nov. 19, ending Anthony’s one-year exile from the NBA. The move was met with skepticism from a lot of pundits, but McCollum knew the future Hall of Famer was going to be a good fit in Portland:
“[Melo] has had a good impact on the Blazers,” McCollum told Joshua M. Hicks of WARR Media.
“Another veteran guy, obviously, who has helped us with his scoring but more so his presence in the locker room. Being able to be around the young guys and kind of help us; his storytelling and become our friends.”
Anthony has appeared in 40 games for the Blazers this season. He’s averaging 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from beyond the arc and 83.7 percent from the free-throw line.
The Blazers are 18-22 with Anthony in the lineup and 25-31 overall on the season. They are sitting in the ninth spot in the Western Conference standings.
McCollum and Anthony will have to take their games to another level coming out of the All-Star break since Blazers superstar point guard Damian Lillard is going to miss a couple of games due to a groin injury.
McCollum is putting up 21.3 points per game on the season. That number will likely increase over the next few days with Lillard sidelined.
The Blazers open the second half of the season on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans.