Don’t Call it a Farewell Tour

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Melo Has no Plans to Retire After 25-Point Night, Wants to Play Next Year

Don’t call it a farewell tour.

After dropping a season-high 25-points in a Portland Trailblazers win against the Chicago Bulls, Carmelo Anthony has no plans to retire after this season.

“This ain’t a damn farewell tour,” Anthony said. “My love for the game don’t stop. I don’t know where this ‘farewell tour’ thing came from. I’ve never talked about a farewell tour. I know what I can do and I believe in myself. When a farewell tour comes, it comes. That’s not something I think about. I’m not thinking about retiring right now. I had during this past stretch over the summer.

“But ain’t no retiring in my mind. I believe in what I have left.”

Early into his return, Anthony is averaging 16 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 39-percent from long-range. And while it is still early and Anthony is just getting his legs back under him after a year-long sabbatical, Melo’s advanced stats suggest that he isn’t the most ideal fit for a team looking to climb out of an early hole and compete. Through four games, Anthony boasts a career-low true shooting percentage and negatives across the board in terms of offensive and defensive win share and box score plus/minus.

Melo hopes to play past this season, but the real question is, can he up his performance to even stick through the 2019-20 campaign. Only time will tell.

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