It looks like Carmelo Anthony could prepare to return to the Knicks.
In videos and photos posted on social media on Thursday by his New York coach Chris Brickley, 36-year-old Anthony can be seen merging three pointers at the Summit gym in the city center. In one photo he is shown shirtless and tight.
After Portland, Anthony’s team last season, became an unexpected player in the playoffs with a stormy surge, the Trail Blazers were eliminated in the first round by 3: 1 possible champion Lakers.
To complete his return from exile, Anthony became the key third top scorer for the Blazers, led by Damian Lillard’s impressive performance with CJ McCallum.
When the Blazers were liquidated on August 29, the Brooklyn native is very much like he wanted to rewrite his contract with Portland.
“I pray it could be Portland,”; Anthony told Zoom. “Honestly, thank God I found a home in Portland. I became comfortable with the organization. I was comfortable with the guys on the team. They became comfortable with me ”.
However, if quarterback Chris Paul makes his way to the Knicks through trading, sources say Anthony will probably want to follow him. Anthony and Paul are close friends and dreamed of playing together in the NBA team.
Both players were represented by Knicks President Leon Rose when he was head of the Basketball Agency for Creative Artists. The source said that Rose is able to return to Anthony, even without Paul.
If Julius Randle is part of Paul’s deal, the Knicks will need a starting small striker and strength ahead. Anthony plays any position.
The Blazers want Anthony back, especially judging by the wild back and forth between the Nuggets and the Blazers’ Twitter accounts on Friday.
The Nuggets tweeted five former players and asked, “Who is your favorite nugget of all time?” Anthony was not one of the five portrayed, despite his career in Denver.
The Blazers soon posted a tweet with the same theme in a frame from five former Portland stars – with Anthony along with Lillard, Brandon Roy, Clyde Drexler and Bill Walton. The photo had exactly the same message: “Who is your favorite Blazer of all time?”
Anthony’s carved look is noteworthy because one of the knocks he had during his career was that he never looked in great shape, and he relied on his tremendous 1-on-1 abilities. So the scouts thought he never made every effort to protect.
The pandemic, which caused a four-month break in the season, gave Anthony time to train more off-court with indoor basketball courts. Anthony will not turn 37 until May – which will be the last stage of next season.
At the time of the shutdown, Anthony, Nick from 2011 to 2017, was still working with Brickley through virtual trainings. Now they can train in person again.