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Carmelo Anthony as the Trail Blazers' 6th man: 'It's just come in and play ball'

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Carmelo Anthony, as everyone knows by now, is going to be taking on a new role this season with the Portland Trail Blazers. He won’t be out there on the court under a spotlight when the starting lineup is introduced.

He will be coming off the bench later, a sixth man after all these years of starring and starting. But don’t mistake him for someone worrying about it.

I'm not even thinking about it at this point,” he said Monday after practice. “It's like it's just happening. What’s cool is that I accepted it already. It’s nothing to look backwards on.

“Wednesday is the (regular-season) start, right? So that's that's kind of what I'm focused on.”

Many veteran players who have been asked to play the same role have come off the bench shooting the ball from the moment they touch it. Instant offense. Does Melo plan to duplicate that scenario?

“I'm just going to duplicate what I've been doing,” he said. “Just kind of play my game and however that plays out, that plays out.

 

I know what I can do. I know what I can still do. And I know the game -- I know how to play the game.”

And so he will do what he always does -- read the situations and try to do what needs to be done.

I know when it calls for me to be aggressive and when it doesn’t call for me to be aggressive.” he said.”So, you know, my thing is just figuring out the flow of the game.”

It’s a veteran’s approach.

“I’m going to continue to do what I have been doing --  playing basketball and enjoying it,” he said. “At the same time, if I start thinking about all I have to do with this ‘coming off the bench’ or do this with the second unit, that'll mess it up for myself mentally.

“But with that being said, it's just come in and play ball. It’s no different than if I was a starter coming in playing ball, with my same attitude and my same approach -- and we go from there.”

Sounds good. Let’s just go from there and see where it all ends up.