Jimmy Butler offered baskets to every teammate20 April 2020 / Miguel Coelho
The 30-year-old didn't want his teammates to remain rusty... So he gifted them baskets
“This ain’t a damn farewell tour,” Anthony said. “My love for the game don’t stop. I don’t know where this ‘farewell tour’ thing came from. I’ve never talked about a farewell tour. I know what I can do and I believe in myself. When a farewell tour comes, it comes. That’s not something I think about. I’m not thinking about retiring right now. I had (thought about it) during this past stretch over the summer. But ain’t no retiring in my mind. I believe in what I have left.”
Those were the words that came out of Carmelo’s mouth after a win against the Chicago Bulls where he produced 25 points to go along with 8 rebounds.
This ain't a damn farewell tour.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 2, 2019
Western Conference Player of the Week, Carmelo Anthony. pic.twitter.com/zTSukp5b5S
Carmelo, who was out from the league almost 2 years unexpectedly, was given another chance by the Portland Trail Blazers two weeks ago. The future hall-of-famer had no time to waste, leading his team to a 3-0 record this week, being promptly nominated for player of the week in the Western Conference. Even though James Harden averaged 47 Points per game (!) and Lebron James and Luka Doncic flirted with triple-double averages for the week, Melo was the chosen one.
Is this a new life for the forward? Did he not deserve a roster spot a long time ago, as he’s clearly better than 50% of the league? Only time will tell if the Blazers thought ahead of the competition by signing him, but signs are very encouraging. Although this award feels like a “sorry-we’ve-messed-up” from the league to Carmelo and his fanbase for keeping him away for so long, one thing remains true. Melo’s still got it, and he’ll keep on delivering night in and night out.
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