Carmelo Anthony makes NBA debut after almost a year

Carmelo Anthony marked his return to the NBA after starting for the Trailblazers. (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

By: Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

One of the best small forwards of the NBA, Carmelo Anthony, finally found himself back in the NBA after getting called up by the Portland Trailblazers last Monday, after almost a year of absence from the league.

In dire need of veteran leadership and added firepower, Portland quickly struck a deal with the All-star forward, with Anthony debuting after two days.

Anthony showed flashes of his old self after knocking down treys and pulling off his patent step back mid-range jumper in the right block.

Despite the loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, Melo finished the game with 10 points and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.

The eagerness to stay aggressive the whole time he’s on the court was a positive sign for Portland head coach Terry Stotts, as he was looking for Melo to build up his confidence in his shots.

As if moving on from his previous stint in the NBA, Melo this time decided to wear the number double 0 instead of his usual 7. Melo said this will be a new chapter to his life, and dwelling in the past won’t help him move forward.

Coach Stotts said he has no plans in drawing out Melo out of the starting five, as he is looking to put Melo on a quick transition plan in adapting to the game.