Inside Carmelo Anthony’s 19-year scoring evolution


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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”

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From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony mentioned. “I feel that is what I am truthfully enthusiastic about. I am right here in 12 months 19 nonetheless doing what I will do. Nonetheless passionate in regards to the sport. Nonetheless enthusiastic about coming to work daily and getting higher.”

Whereas Anthony was the undisputed No. 1 possibility on these Nuggets and Knicks groups, his position took on completely different types in current stops, refining his sport to suit the rosters he discovered himself on as a complementary participant, quite than as the highest canine.

Here is how he acquired from a supernova with the Nuggets to a high-level position participant in L.A.


Olympic Melo

As essentially the most embellished Olympian (three gold medals, one bronze) in U.S. males’s basketball historical past, Anthony’s time for Group USA will seemingly be seemed again on as one of the best basketball of his profession.

He began on the 2008 “Redeem Group” in Beijing however was at his peak throughout the London Video games in 2012 because the second-leading scorer behind Kevin Durant, averaging 16.3 factors on 53.5% from the sphere and 50% from 3 off the bench. Whereas Durant averaged 19.5 factors throughout america’ 8-0 run to gold, he did it in 26.1 minutes a sport, with Anthony taking part in simply 17.9 minutes per sport as a reserve.

Anthony averaged extra factors than James, the No. 3 scorer in league historical past, and Kobe Bryant, the No. 4.

Throughout that run, he had some of the mind-boggling performances in worldwide hoops historical past, scoring 37 factors in simply 14 minutes and 29 seconds of taking part in time towards Nigeria. Anthony went 10-for-12 from 3 in that sport, and Group USA received by 83 factors.

“As soon as he began coming off the bench, it was seamless,” Jim Boeheim, Anthony’s school coach at Syracuse and an assistant on Group USA, advised ESPN. “He had the sport towards Nigeria, he made a couple of hundred 3s. … It was loopy.”

Anthony is the second all-time main scorer (336 factors) and the highest rebounder (125 rebounds) in U.S. males’s basketball nationwide group historical past.

For Boeheim, who coached Anthony as an adolescent when he led the Orange to the 2003 NCAA title, and once more years later as a part of a number of Olympic groups, it was apparent that Anthony might match his sport to match no matter group he performed for.

“The factor that is fascinating is when all people did not need to decide him up three years in the past or no matter it was, I advised a number of folks, ‘Nicely, he is come off the bench within the Olympics and performed properly. He does what he does. It is not like he is not going to have the ability to come off the bench and make pictures as a result of that is what he does,'” Boeheim recalled. “So that is what stunned me a little bit bit about the entire thing.”


Thunder/Rockets/Path Blazers Melo

The final half-decade has seen Anthony hop to a handful of groups, together with a virtually year-long hiatus when he was out of the league.

The interval of upheaval began with a commerce to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder simply earlier than the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

“I cherished Carmelo,” mentioned Chicago Bulls coach Billy Donovan, who coached Anthony in OKC. “He was nice to work with. I feel that it was a extremely, actually arduous scenario for all of us as a result of the commerce for him occurred the day earlier than coaching camp.”

Anthony went from averaging 18.8 pictures per sport with the Knicks to fifteen per sport for the Thunder. He began all 78 video games he performed within the common season and all six he appeared in throughout Oklahoma Metropolis’s first-round loss to the Utah Jazz. He struggled within the postseason, averaging 11.8 factors on 21.4% taking pictures from 3. This, after all, after setting the tone for his time in Oklahoma Metropolis with a information convention reply throughout coaching camp that some across the league considered as him being unwilling to alter.

“Who, me?” Anthony quipped again to a reporter when it was instructed that he might come off the bench for the Thunder. “I do not know the place that began, the place that got here from. Hey, P [Paul George], they mentioned I acquired to return off the bench.”

Wanting again, Donovan mentioned that Anthony’s repute took an unfair hit.

“All these things about beginning, coming off the bench, I’ve at all times discovered Carmelo to be a extremely, actually good group man,” Donovan mentioned. “Actually good within the locker room. I feel guys actually take pleasure in being round him. I feel he is an genuine, real, honest, actual man. And all the pieces we requested him to do, he tried to do to one of the best of his capability.”

The OKC experiment lasted only one season. Following a commerce to the Atlanta Hawks, who waived him following a contract buyout, Anthony fashioned a brand new huge three in Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul.

And that experiment lasted simply 10 video games — two of them during which Anthony appeared as a bench participant for the primary time in his NBA profession — earlier than he was advised by the Rockets, in essence, to go house. He was finally traded to the Chicago Bulls and waived with out taking part in a sport.

Then got here the year-plus interval when Anthony was with out a group earlier than the Portland Path Blazers, scuffling alongside in the beginning of the 2019-20 season, signed him, with their stars, guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, endorsing the transfer.

“It was near virtually no person taking an opportunity,” Boeheim mentioned. “Simply suppose if Portland hadn’t finished that, I do not suppose he performs. After which all people has an entire completely different outlook on him.”

Anthony began 58 video games in his first season with the Blazers and proved he nonetheless might carry out within the clutch, hitting key late-game jumpers within the seeding spherical within the Orlando, Florida, bubble.

“He was nice,” Boeheim continued. “I imply, he’d go eight minutes with out taking a shot and on that group, you may not get a shot. After which he’d make two. And to their credit score, they might go to him down the stretch, he would find yourself making a 3 on the finish of the sport to win the sport. It was loopy, actually.”

Anthony performed yet another season in Portland and got here off the bench in 66 of 69 video games. Within the playoffs, despite the fact that Portland misplaced to the Denver Nuggets within the first spherical in six video games, Anthony fared higher as a reserve than he had as a postseason starter with OKC, averaging 12.3 factors in 23.9 minutes whereas taking pictures 37.8% from 3.


Lakers Melo

Whereas the Lakers’ season has been up and down, Anthony has been a shiny spot.

By his first 18 video games, all however three of which he got here off the bench, he is taking pictures a career-best 46.1% from 3. Anthony has been even higher at house, the place the L.A. crowd has shortly fallen in love with him, taking pictures 53.2% from 3 — greatest within the NBA for any participant taking part in in house video games with a minimal of 30 3-point makes an attempt.

“He is aware of who he’s as a participant and he finds locations to be the place he will be useful, and this can be a nice instance of that,” mentioned Popovich of Anthony’s success in L.A. “He is finished it once more. He takes care of himself. He is a professional. And he makes each group higher. So, I am simply blissful for him.”

Anthony is averaging 15.2 factors on simply 11.2 pictures per sport and is usually being requested to fill the wings and get open. He has made 47 catch-and-shoot 3s this season, one of the best within the league heading into Monday’s video games, edging Milwaukee’s Grayson Allen (46), based on Second Spectrum monitoring.

“He is in an excellent rhythm,” James mentioned. “He is simply taking his pictures and knocking them down.”

Whereas Anthony hasn’t gone as far as to chastise the Rockets for alienating him and the 28 groups apart from the Blazers for not signing him, he has relished in his time with the Lakers.

“So far as what I can do on the court docket, I do not suppose that is going to alter,” Anthony mentioned. “I do not require lots. I decide my spots, I get to open spots, I shoot once I’m open, my teammates search for me. Now, I am not the each possession man coming down the court docket when the offense is taking part in via me, so I will see the sport in a different way, from a unique perspective.”

Anthony has already garnered some Sixth Man of the 12 months buzz and has been key to the Lakers’ success. L.A. is 7-2 this season when Anthony scores 15 factors or extra, and he is a big difference-maker for the offense. The Lakers common 108.6 factors per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court docket and simply 97.0 factors per 100 possessions with out him. That differential in offensive score, a plus-11.6, is tied with James for the most important on the group.

“I do not suppose that he would say that he is it as a task participant,” Boeheim mentioned. “I feel when he goes in, he is it as, ‘I’ll put factors up there.’ You common 14-15 a sport in what, 22-23 minutes? That is virtually star-quality play. So I feel if you go in, whoever you’re, you bought to suppose, ‘I am a star.’ And he believes in himself, he at all times has, and there is motive for it. He is good. I imply, he is confirmed.

“What’s he, the f—ing ninth all-time scorer within the NBA? That is fairly good.”


From his days as a rookie with the Denver Nuggets, to changing into a featured act in New York, to choosing up monikers based mostly on his attire, to his preeminence in worldwide competitors, Carmelo Anthony’s basketball repute has morphed in his 19 years within the NBA.

But, as Anthony begins to carve out a task together with his sixth franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers, some issues have stayed the identical.

“He is been a ache on the ass on each a kind of groups,” mentioned San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has tailor-made defensive schemes to attempt to thwart the No. 9 scorer in league historical past for almost twenty years now.

All through Anthony’s profession, simply as omnipresent as his megawatt smile, has been his branding as a licensed bucket getter.

“A risk,” is how LeBron James described him. “He’s a sniper. What we name it in our league — guys that do not want a lot airspace to get it off due to his fast set off.”

Anthony averaged 20-plus factors in every of his first 14 seasons with the Nuggets and New York Knicks, successful the scoring title in 2012-13 with 28.7 factors per sport for New York.

He has scored 50 factors 4 occasions and topped 40 factors 40 occasions.

“I am nonetheless right here doing it,” the 37-year-old Anthony