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Carmelo Anthony on 2019-20 season: ‘This ain’t a damn farewell tour’

Back in the NBA, Anthony wants to keep playing beyond this season

From NBA media reports

Nov 26, 2019 3:17 PM ET

Carmelo Anthony is averaging 16 points and 5.3 rebounds in four games this season.

Carmelo Anthony, who returned to the NBA last week and looks rather productive following a?12-month hiatus, has made one thing clear.

“This ain’t a damn farewell tour,” Anthony said, via Shams Charania of The Athletic. “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."

Anthony has played in four contests since joining the Trail Blazers on a?non-guaranteed, one-year?contract last Tuesday. He's coming off an impressive performance after dropping a game-high 25 points in a win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday, which helped show the value he still brings to an NBA roster.

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Carmelo Anthony was dominant during his fourth game with the Blazers.

"I know what I can do and I believe in myself," Anthony said, via?The Athletic.?"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.”

Teams had been reluctant to sign Anthony before the Blazers picked him up.?The 10-time All-Star was shut down, traded and waived last season, a series of events that he called?an "embarrassment."

In the interview with Charania, Anthony also stated?that he never asked?good friends LeBron James or Dwyane Wade to assist him in joining a franchise.

“As far as friendships, I would never put business along with friendships,” Anthony said. “I would never do that. I would never reach out to a friend and say, ‘I need this. Can you do this for me?’ when it pertains to a situation that may not be in their control."


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