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Free Agent Carmelo Anthony, back in the NBA

Portland Trail Blazers signed Anthony hoping he will help out their offense

By: Danny Cacace

Centered to the right is newly acquired player for the Portland Trail Blazers, Carmelo Anthony, driving past Giannis Antetokounmpo for a basket. Credit: dknation.draftkings.com

Before acquiring Carmelo Anthony, the Portland Trailblazers were 5-9 to start the regular season. 

Since not having a true starting small forward, adding Anthony definitely fits that role and helps out their offense which they can use the likes of a player like Anthony to help out their team. 

Anthony hasn’t played professional basketball for about a year before signing with Portland. He last played for the Houston Rockets who cut him after 10 games after signing with them in the off-season last year.

“After much internal discussion, the Rockets will be parting ways with Carmelo Anthony and we are working toward a resolution,” said Rockets general manager Daryl Morey in a statement made by him last year after cutting him from the team. “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”  

Part of the reason for cutting him, I believe as most people might believe as well was due to his inefficiency from the field and also for him being too ‘ball-dominant’ which is quite shocking for a team like the Houston Rockets where their scoring comes from their best player James Harden, who is a ball-dominant shooting guard, and the team’s three point shooting abilities helps them out. One would think Anthony would fit right into that offense since he does shoot a lot of three pointers, but his need for having the ball in his hands a majority of the time did not mesh well with James Harden.

Another issue he faced in Houston was the same one he faced with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the last team he played for before Houston, it was that he would not accept the role to play off the bench. The Rockets had him in the starting lineup for the first few games of the season, then decided to put him on the bench. That did not suit Anthony well, and the team was not seeing much production from him so they decided to eventually let him go. 

Anthony was known over the years as a “ball hog” with the teams he’s played for, whether it was with the Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks or even the Oklahoma City Thunder. A “ball hog” is a player who does not like to pass the ball, and constantly asks for the ball just so they can have the ball and score. 

To his defense though, Anthony was truly the main source of offense for both the Nuggets and the Knicks for the majority of his years with them. So, he kind of had to be one at times, but he could’ve got his teams more involved I would admit. 

Anthony’s leadership qualities was always an issue of his. He never really led the teams he’s played on with his vocal abilities to get guys fired up and motivated to play; he led by his offensive abilities.

When he signed with Portland recently, he was told that he was going to start and get quality minutes which has been the case so far in the four games he’s played. 

The Trail Blazers are 1-3 since Anthony has signed with them. Tonight, Anthony scored 25 points and grabbed eight boards, and he had a very efficient game to help get his team the win due to his great performance. This could be the start of something good to help out this Portland team that is in dire need of some offense, and Anthony definitely provides that.

 

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