Carmelo Anthony, who returned to the NBA last week and looks rather productive following a 12-month hiatus, has made one thing clear.
“This ain’t a damn farewell tour,” Anthony said, via Shams Charania of The Athletic. “My love for the game don’t stop. I don’t know where this ‘farewell tour’ thing came from. I’ve never talked about a farewell tour.”
Anthony has played in four contests since joining the Trail Blazers on a non-guaranteed, one-year contract last Tuesday. He’s coming off an impressive performance after dropping a game-high 25 points in a win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday, which helped show the value he still brings to an NBA roster.
“I know what I can do and I believe in myself,” Anthony said, via The Athletic. “When a farewell tour comes, it comes. That’s not something I think about. I’m not thinking about retiring right now. I had [thought about it] during this past stretch over the summer. But ain’t no retiring in my mind. I believe in what I have left.”
In the interview with Charania, Anthony also stated that he never asked good friends LeBron James or Dwyane Wade to assist him in joining a franchise.
“As far as friendships, I would never put business along with friendships,” Anthony said. “I would never do that. I would never reach out to a friend and say, ‘I need this. Can you do this for me?’ when it pertains to a situation that may not be in their control.”