"I had prepared myself to just kind of walk away from the game if the right situation didn't come about", Anthony told Nichols. "So I'd been fightin" an uphill battle anyway if I didn't go to the right situation".
That smile was on Anthony's face during the middle of a play in the third quarter of the Trail Blazers' game at Cleveland, his expression symbolizing the evolution of a Hall of Fame player while also explaining how a player who was out of the National Basketball Association for more than a year can step in and be so productive. I played 15, 16 years in this game. He was then traded to the Chicago Bulls but was waived without playing a game for them.More news: Trump says China trade deal might have to wait for 2020 election
In a separate interview with TNT's Allie LaForce, Anthony credited honest dialogue with Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts and his own newfound humility for helping him adjust to the team's system.
"I never called him and said, "What're we doin"?' Or "I need you to do this for me, '" Anthony said".
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"There were a lot of teams that I thought I was going to be on", Anthony told Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points.
After only 10 games with the Rockets a year ago, the team permanently benched Anthony and traded him to the Chicago Bulls, who immediately dumped him, months later. I have to get rid of my pride, but also approach the game differently. So a situation like Portland, where I could just come in and just play my game and have a group of guys that really want me, and the organization that want me.More news: Disney's Going Back to THE PLANET OF THE APES
"I feel good", Anthony said. This is what we expect of you.