In November 2018, after his short-lived tenures with the Thunder and Rockets, Carmelo Anthony came extremely close to being forced into an early retirement. It’s mad to think that just two years earlier, Anthony was an All-Star with the Knicks and was still recognized as one of the most talented players in the league.
After the Rockets discarded him, no NBA team wanted to pick him up, and during that time, Carmelo started doubting himself. In a recent interview, Anthony opened up about his emotions during that dark time, stating:
“I don’t think nobody will understand what I went through emotionally to get through and to be where I’m at today. I hit rock bottom emotionally, and I had to build myself back up.”Carmelo Anthony
Can you imagine being a healthy 35-year-old, who was that talented, and not a single NBA team thought they could gain anything from him? It’s fortunate that the Portland Trail Blazers got desperate from injuries, and took a significant risk on Anthony. But the results have played out just fine, who’s been a productive player for the Blazers this season.
Anthony is clearly not the superstar that he once was, and he wasn’t the kind of player that Houston or Oklahoma City wanted him to be, either. His lack of evolution brought his world to a stand-still, and it cost him dearly. His revival in Portland was based on finding a team that allowed him to be himself. You could consider Carmelo being the luckiest NBA player out there, and I’m sure he feels the same way too.
Catch you Monday.