At 35 years of age, Carmelo Anthony has landed on an NBA team in what might be his last shot to prove he still has something left in the tank. Signing with the Portland Trailblazers, the 10-time NBA All-Star will no doubt provide scoring punch and NBA Twitter had plenty to say about it.
Averaging 24 points over the course of his career in both the regular and playoff seasons, Anthony has bounced between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets the past two seasons after extensive time with the Denver Nuggets to begin his career and several seasons with the New York Knicks.
Recent video footage of Anthony showed the talented scorer showing off his skills in a bid that a team in need of his services would come calling. According to unconfirmed chatter, including from former players Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes of the All The Smoke podcast, Anthony was blacklisted around the league.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the nonguaranteed contract will pay Anthony just under $15,000 for each day he’s with the team and will only become fully guaranteed if he’s still on the team after January 7.
We’ve collected some of the reactions of Carmelo Anthony’s signing with the Blazers below.
Dear, @trailblazers twitter. You don’t know me, but my name is Kaz and i currently don’t have a west coast team. As long as you employ Carmelo Anthony, you have my services except when you play the Knicks. Where are the snacks? Who do i talk to about plus 1s?— Kazeem Famuyide 🍎 (@Kazeem) November 15, 2019
Carmelo Anthony was the guy that Kobe Bryant said was the hardest to guard for him, because he was just a bull down low. I'm happy Melo’s getting a chance. He has earned a last hurrah in this league. More @Undisputed, now on FS1 https://t.co/NBt0mARQmL— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 15, 2019
It’s Friday. The Knicks won last night. Carmelo Anthony is back in the league. Life is good.— EverythingKnicks (@EverythinKnicks) November 15, 2019
NBA GMs passing around Carmelo Anthony pic.twitter.com/6pSU4jQmBQ— QB3 (@HouseOfTakes) November 15, 2019
Adding Carmelo Anthony to an already bad defensive team pic.twitter.com/RFWwc2MkBP— Darius Scott (@TheOther_Darius) November 15, 2019
With Carmelo Anthony coming back to the NBA, LeBron James was asked if he's thought how the end of his career will look: "Not really. Not the way I feel right now. Me and Tom Brady are one in the same. We’re going to play until we can’t walk no more."— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 15, 2019
Good morning— The Knicks Wall (@TheKnicksWall) November 15, 2019
The Knicks swept Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony is back in the league pic.twitter.com/HNpEhqZVMO
CARMELO ANTHONY IS BACK— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 15, 2019
In honor of his return, here is Melo dropping 62 Points in the Garden🔥pic.twitter.com/wn64k9seAf
Carmelo Anthony is also one of just five players in NBA history to average at least 20 points per game in each their first 14 seasons.— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) November 15, 2019
The other four are: