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Sport Carmelo Anthony can't fix the Trail Blazers, but he can rewrite the final chapter of his legacy

02:41  20 november  2019
02:41  20 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Report: Carmelo Anthony returning to NBA with Trail Blazers

  Report: Carmelo Anthony returning to NBA with Trail Blazers After months on the open market and fans clamoring for an NBA return, Carmelo Anthony finally has a new home. NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski dropped an unexpected Woj Bomb on Thursday night, reporting Anthony has signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Carmelo Anthony didn’ t give up, even though much of the basketball world had given up on him . The current version of Anthony lives and works in the shadow of his own myth, and he In a best-case scenario, Blazers Coach Terry Stotts will hide Anthony as much as possible on the defensive

He is expected to make his Blazers debut on Tuesday night in New Orleans, wearing the jersey No “ Carmelo is an established star in this league that will provide a respected presence in our locker The Blazers , coming off a trip to the Western Conference finals last season, are a disappointing 5-9

At his introductory news conference in Oklahoma City, Carmelo Anthony was asked about potentially coming off the bench for the Thunder, something he had never done in the NBA to that point. Anthony dismissed the question before the reporter could finish, saying "Who me?" The room filled with laughter, and Anthony moved on without a second thought.

Carmelo Anthony wearing a red hat and looking at the camera© Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

After the Thunder's 2018 first-round exit, Anthony answered the same question, but no one laughed. "I'm not sacrificing no bench role," he said.

That offseason, he was traded by the Thunder, waived by the Hawks and signed by the Rockets. Anthony lasted just 10 games in Houston, unexpectedly ending his tenure with a 1-of-11 shooting night against his old Thunder teammates on Nov. 8, 2018.

Carmelo Anthony reportedly won't debut for Portland before Tuesday, missing early Houston reunion

  Carmelo Anthony reportedly won't debut for Portland before Tuesday, missing early Houston reunion Carmelo Anthony reportedly won't debut for Portland before Tuesday, missing early Houston reunionAnthony still needs to complete his physical in order to finalize his one-year deal with Portland, but could do so Saturday, Wojnarowski added.

Carmelo Anthony is FINALLY making his NBA return Tuesday night and ex-NBA star Jalen Rose says he 's expecting the newest Trail Blazer to make an immediate impact. "I think it's a great pickup to have a Hall of Famer back in the league and have the opportunity to end on his own terms."

Anthony could make his debut with the team on Tuesday night against the Trail Blazers .

MORE: Why is Carmelo wearing 00 jersey instead of No. 7?

One year and 11 days later, Anthony is preparing to return to the court as a member of the Trail Blazers. He will wear No. 00, per the team's release announcing the signing, and it's a fitting choice. With a respectable showing in Portland, each zero can help erase the previous two stops in his Hall of Fame career.

To be clear, Anthony is not coming to save a 5-9 Blazers team, one that has lost seven of its last 10 games entering Tuesday night's contest against the Pelicans. This can be viewed as a desperation deal. The Blazers are down Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins to injury in the frontcourt, so coach Terry Stotts has been forced to throw forwards like journeyman Anthony Tolliver and rookie Nassir Little into the starting lineup. It would be unreasonable to believe a 35-year-old who is well past his prime can suddenly change the playoff picture in a rugged Western Conference.

Timing was right for Blazers' signing of Carmelo Anthony

  Timing was right for Blazers' signing of Carmelo Anthony A slow start and a plethora of frontcourt injuries set the stage for the Blazers to sign Anthony.Portland general manager Neil Olshey conveyed that sentiment during a phone call with Anthony, Woj relays. The 10-time All-Star had been out of the league for a year and hadn’t gotten offers from any other teams. The Blazers are severely shorthanded in the frontcourt and needed to find someone who can contribute right away.

Carmelo Anthony will start for the Blazers against the Pelicans on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Marc Spears. The Blazers have lost seven of their last nine games, including a blowout loss at Houston on Carmelo Anthony took to his YouTube channel to discuss joining the Trail Blazers

Carmelo Anthony is set to return to the NBA with the Trail Blazers on Tuesday. After more than a year away from the NBA, Carmelo Anthony is set to make his season debut with the Blazers , a team rattled by a poor start (5-9) and a key injury to Zach Collins at a position—power forward—where

But there's reason for optimism: Desperation is one hell of a motivator. Unlike when he suddenly went into exile with the Rockets, Anthony knows this could be the final chapter of his legacy. He is signed to a one-year contract worth $2.15 million, only if he remains on the roster beyond his guarantee date in January, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania — similar to the deal Dwight Howard signed with the Lakers.

"I just look at that opportunity, that team, and say, 'Look, this is what I can bring to the team, this is where I can help,'" Anthony said in a video explaining his decision to join the Trail Blazers. "It will only work if all parties see it the same way. What happened before is the past. I can't dwell on that. I learn from that.

"This happened at a point in time in my life where I do have a lot of clarity and understanding of different situations and just life and my approach is totally different."

Melo officially signs with Blazers, will reportedly be activated Tuesday

  Melo officially signs with Blazers, will reportedly be activated Tuesday Carmelo Anthony is officially headed for the Pacific Northwest. © Bob Levey / Getty Images Sport / GettyThe Portland Trail Blazers announced the signing of the veteran forward Tuesday, five days after reports suggested Anthony was inking a non-guaranteed contract with the team. He will be activated for Tuesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Yahoo's Chris Haynes reports.Anthony's deal will be worth $2.15 million if he remains with the team past the NBA's roster guarantee date of Jan. 10, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

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Portland Trail Blazers forward, Carmelo Anthony discusses why he chose the Portland Trail Blazers . Anthony says that the Blazers contacted him last Wednesday and that he decided last Thursday to sign. On Monday, he released a video via his YouTube Channel explaining his decision.

Anthony isn't going to fix a bottom-10 defense. He won't turn Hassan Whiteside into a dynamic pick-and-roll man, or Kent Bazemore into a sharpshooter. Portland's problems go well beyond the mythical idea of "Olympic Melo." At most, Anthony will be a true role player, a release valve for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum as they draw plenty of attention on the offensive end.

Here's the thing: Simply doing that might be enough for Melo to eventually leave the game in a positive light. The "where I can help" attitude and willingness to take a step back would certainly be a better final image than one of a player incapable of recognizing his limitations or sacrificing for the team. (That label hasn't always been fair to Anthony, by the way).

Throw in the occasional jab step here and a pull-up jumper there — again, occasional — and Anthony can remind fans why he was such a captivating star with the Nuggets and Knicks. It might not be a full tour a la Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki, but the Trail Blazers gave Anthony an opportunity to rewrite his ending, and potentially leave on his own terms.

He would be wise to make the most of it.

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a person standing in front of a crowd: Chicago Bulls forward Daniel Gafford (12) dunks the ball against Milwaukee Bucks center Robin Lopez (42) during the first half at United Center on November 18, 2019.

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The 35-year-old forward has helped Portland to a three-game win streak.

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