- Against all odds, Carmelo Anthony is back in the NBA.
- His signing is an indication of the Portland Trail Blazers’ desperation.
- Anthony could quickly come to realize he should have retired.
It has been just over a year since Carmelo Anthony last played in the NBA. He left the Houston Rockets’ blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder early last November, retreating to the bench with two points after missing ten of his 11 field goal attempts.
One week later, less than a month into the regular season, the Rockets announced they were “parting ways” with Anthony. He spent the next calendar year as the most high-profile, hot-button vagabond in basketball.
Finally, Anthony is back in the NBA. If the most recent stops on his Hall-of-Fame career are any indication, though, Anthony will learn that he’d have been better off retiring from the league than returning to it one last time.
Anthony’s Signing Proves Blazers are Desperate
The Portland Trail Blazers’ wide-eyed, preseason championship hopes have quickly been dashed. They currently sit at 4-8, near the bottom of a loaded Western Conference, reeling from a rash of injuries that exposed their lack of high-level talent and quality depth – especially at forward.
Zach Collins will miss at least the next four months with a dislocated shoulder. Rodney Hood has already sat out two games due to back spasms, while franchise center Jusuf Nurkic, recovering from a gruesome compound fracture to his left leg, won’t debut until February at the earliest.
As a result, Portland coach Terry Stotts has been forced to dole out significant minutes to journeyman big man Skal Labissiere and rookie Nassir Little, one of the rawest players in his class.
The Blazers are in need of bodies right now, basically, and a potential offensive jolt provided by a proven scorer like Anthony could be useful. Still, Portland…