Carmelo Anthony "hit rock bottom" before signing with Trail Blazers

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Monday, Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony joined the UNINTERRUPTED Podcast crew with hosts Paul Rivera and Maverick Carter, along with WNBA champ Sue Bird.

Among the topics discussed during the nearly hour-long podcast were episodes No. 5 and 6 of the Michael Jordan documentary, "The Last Dance," stories from the 2004 Olympics, and the power of Kobe Bryant's presence in episode 5 of The Last Dance.

Melo also got real for a moment.

The 35-year-old described his year off from basketball before singing with the Portland Trail Blazers as "hitting rock bottom."

The 10-time All-Star had been out of the league since the Houston Rockets released him in November 2018 before signing with the Trail Blazers the following November.

I hit rock bottom. I hit rock bottom emotionally, and I had to build myself back up -- basically by myself -- to get here where I'm at today to be able to tell this story. So, this season will always be one of the highlight chapters of any story that I'll ever tell. -- Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony on UNINTERRUPTED 

Melo described his journey back to playing in the NBA again saying, "If I ever write a book this chapter would be highlighted."

The Trail Blazers guaranteed Anthony's contract for the remainder of the 2019-20 season on December 5th.

It was in August 2018 when the Rockets signed Anthony. He only appeared in 10 games at the beginning of the 2018-19 season before the Rockets traded him to Chicago in January 2019. He was then immediately waived. During his time with the Rockets he had to figure out how to deal with coming off the bench for the first time in his career.

Anthony explained how quickly his career changed in the past four years.

I go from New York, making the All-Star Game, averaging 22, 23 [points] in the Eastern Conference, dealing with everything that I was dealing with off the court, organizational structure, just everything I was dealing with in New York…

Getting traded the day before media day to OKC. Going to OKC, actually really liking it, didn't work out for whatever reason, to going to Houston the following year to playing nine games. The first time I've ever come off the bench in 15 years. Ever. So that was an adjustment for me. Leading to having a year off. A year off, trying to rebuild myself -- emotionally, mentally, spiritually… I don't think nobody will understand what I went through emotionally to get through and to be where I'm at today. I'm talking about doubting myself. I'm talking about mentally, wanting to give up. -- Carmelo Anthony explaining the last four years

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were two players whom Melo said he was able to confide in during his one-year away from basketball.

Since Portland gave Anthony another chance, he has been able to prove to himself and the NBA world that he can still ball.

In 50 games played this season, Melo was averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 32.5 minutes before the NBA hiatus.

Listen to the entire UNINTERRUPTED Podcast with Carmelo Anthony here.

Carmelo Anthony "hit rock bottom" before signing with Trail Blazers originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

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