Trail Blazers

Carmelo Anthony calls Damian Lillard 'a real one' on All The Smoke appearance

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Carmelo Anthony recently appeared on ‘All The Smoke’ to discuss his two-year stint with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Despite departing the team to join friend LeBron James and former Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook with the Lakers, the city of Portland and his former teammates left an indelible mark on him

“Portland was real solid,” Anthony said. “They brought me in and I played right away. And that’s all I ever wanted to do was just hoop, man, I love to hoop. I wanted to be on the court. Then, I’m playing with Dame, I’m playing with CJ, they opened they arms, they opened they city, their organization, so I had to be loyal to those guys. Like, I’m gonna give you what I got.”

In two seasons with the team, Anthony showed he still had a ton of basketball left after a forgettable stint with the Rockets that led him to be out of the league.

He averaged 14.3 points and 4.6 rebounds. While showing he could still score the ball, Anthony also showed the basketball community his willingness to come off the bench and still be effective. He finished seventh in Sixth Man of the Year voting this past season.

Part of the reason the 10-time All-Star has grown such a liking for the city of Portland is because of the guys he was around. Whether it was CJ McCollum or Damian Lillard.

“Dame is a real one because Dame always knew like, ‘Man we don’t care about what nobody else is saying. We know you can play. I know you can play. I see you. I talk to you,” Anthony said. “So when you get somebody like that, rocking with you, it makes that situation easier.”

 

Having Anthony with Lillard and McCollum in Portland was something years in the making, and an opportunity he cherished.

“I always was connected to Portland somehow,” he said. “I don’t know why, but I was always connected with Portland. I could’ve been there four years ago, it didn’t work out. I always told myself Dame will always go down as one of my top dogs. Forget basketball. Like as a human being, it don’t get better than that."