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Carmelo Anthony named Western Conference Player of Week

04 December 2019

"I think (Lillard) makes it so much easier for me to come in and be a part of this situation and this team and this organization".

Anthony had been looking for a roster spot since his release last November by the Houston Rockets. The veteran has averaged 17.7 points since his arrival, including games of 25 and 23 points in victories against the Chicago Bulls last week.

"I was ready to walk away, yeah", he told Nichols.

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"It was hard. But there came a point when I was, like, "You know what?"

"There were a lot of teams that I thought I was going to be on", revealed Anthony. "I was ready to walk away". "So I'd been fightin" an uphill battle anyway if I didn't go to the right situation".

Since signing with the Trail Blazers, Anthony has revived his career.

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The league on Monday named the Portland Trail Blazers forward its Western Conference Player of the Week.

Anthony added that the communication with the Blazers early on was key -- specifically in terms of what his role with the team would be. And I know for a fact he would go to bat for me, but I don't feel comfortable putting people in that situation, whether you're my friend or not. "Tell me what you need from me, '" Anthony said. We got that clear before I stepped in that door. I have to get rid of my pride, but also approach the game differently. "But it's not something that I was calling him and talking to him about, asking him, 'Can you do this for me?' I would never put him in that position because a lot of times it's deeper than that, and I started understanding the business of basketball".

"I told those guys from the beginning, my big thing was, 'Just be transparent with me".

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Carmelo Anthony named Western Conference Player of Week