Carmelo Anthony heaped praises on Damian Lillard’s leadership in the Trailblazers’ locker room, but his motives are being questioned.
The Blazers go up against the Los Angeles Lakers, which is one of the two most favorite teams to emerge from the West. The battle between the two teams will be determined by superstar firepower.
On one end, the Lakers boast a deep team led by Lebron James and Anthony Davis. They will be assisted by trusted veterans such as J.R. Smith, Dion Waiters, Javale McGee, and Dwight Howard. On the other end, the Blazers will be rallied by Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. This backcourt is one of the best in the league, but they will have little help from their bench.
Based on what the Blazers have achieved, it can be easily said that they are in a Cinderella story. They faced numerous injuries that depleted their starting line up and bench players. As a result, they had to scrape the bottom of the barrel of free agency to salvage what they could.
In their search for an able body, they found Carmelo Anthony. He’s just a shell of his former All-star self, but he’s still able to contribute when on the floor. Unfortunately, his motives in praising Lillard’s leadership is being questioned.
Comments of Carmelo Anthony is a bit biased
Shannon Sharpe said on FS1’s Undisputed is clouded. He thinks that Melo is on a high because of his past bad relationships with the Rockets and Thunder. He had fiery things to say on Melo’s comments on Lillard, he said,
“I believe Melo believes that Dame is the best player he’s played with. I think it has to do with Dame’s leadership. Also, the way the 2 seasons played out with Russ & Harden has some barring on this.”
He played alongside James Harden and Russell Westbrook, respectively. However, his runs with them haven’t been the best.
Washed up already?
Carmelo Anthony could be playing the last season of his career. He hasn’t exactly pointed to a specific retirement date, but it is right around the corner. Unlike Lebron James, Anthony isn’t as dominating on the floor anymore. At best, he’s an excellent role-player that shines beside good passers.
Because of his age, he constantly needs a player like Lillard on the floor. Damian knows when and how to find Melo to utilize him well. Plug Melo in a different team and he might end up posting horrible stats similar to his stints in the Thunder and Rockets. If this happens, it just might accelerate his exit from the league.
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