Carmelo Anthony makes debut with Portland Trail Blazers after more than year off court

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Carmelo Anthony made his Portland Trail Blazers debut Tuesday night in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans – the first game for the former NBA superstar in more than a year.

Anthony made the start alongside C.J. McCollum, Hassan Whiteside, Rodney Hood and Anfernee Simons. He played 24 minutes and scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

He also added four rebounds and a block but committed five turnovers. He said afterward it felt good to be back out on the floor.

Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony is defended by New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The Pelicans won 115-104. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony is defended by New Orleans Pelicans guard Kenrich Williams (34) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. The Pelicans won 115-104. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“It felt great just to be back into the flow of the game, be back on the court, be back to where I think I belong,” Anthony told reporters. “As far as conditioning, though, I felt absolutely great out there. There was minor things, but it was more of the flow of things, and getting used to how the team plays and sets and getting used to the guys on the team.”

Portland, however, failed to pick up the victory. New Orleans won, 115-104.

Anthony wore No. 00 in the game after having worn the Nos. 15 and 7 throughout his career. He explained on Instagram why he chose the double-zero.

Anthony played 10 games for the Houston Rockets last season, but the team felt he didn’t mesh well with the offense. He was included in a trade to the Chicago Bulls but was waived and failed to latch onto a team.

Over the course of his career, Anthony is averaging 24 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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