Carmelo Anthony says Damian Lillard is ‘the top guy I’ve played with’

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Carmelo Anthony has played with a lot of NBA greats over his illustrious 17-year career.&nbsp;» data-reactid=»16″>Carmelo Anthony has played with a lot of NBA greats over his illustrious 17-year career. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Russell Westbrook and Paul George in Oklahoma City,&nbsp;Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler in New York, and Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups in Denver are just a few of the players Anthony has shared locker rooms with.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;» data-reactid=»17″>Russell Westbrook and Paul George in Oklahoma City, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler in New York, and Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups in Denver are just a few of the players Anthony has shared locker rooms with.   

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="But the Portland Trail Blazers forward says there’s one player that stands out from the pack.&nbsp;» data-reactid=»22″>But the Portland Trail Blazers forward says there’s one player that stands out from the pack. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Damian Lillard.» data-reactid=»23″>Damian Lillard.

Dame’s at the top for me. I’ve never played with someone who lifted his team on the court with his play and as a leader. He genuinely cares for his teammates. What he’s been able to do is amazing. He’s the top guy I’ve played with. — Anthony told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports! 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Anthony was contemplating retirement when the Trail Blazers called in November yearning for him to team up with Lillard as Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins and Rodney Hood were all sidelined with injuries.&nbsp;» data-reactid=»26″>Anthony was contemplating retirement when the Trail Blazers called in November yearning for him to team up with Lillard as Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins and Rodney Hood were all sidelined with injuries. 

The two quickly bonded after Lillard invited Anthony to his family’s house for a Thanksgiving feast.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""Melo was real chill, man," Lillard's uncle Oscar Johson&nbsp;told Yahoo Sports. "Dame introduced him to the family and Melo mingled around and took some pictures, but he was just chill. He doesn’t eat pork, but he ate everything else. You can tell he enjoyed himself. That was Dame’s way of embracing him into the family and into the Trail Blazer family."» data-reactid=»28″>»Melo was real chill, man,» Lillard’s uncle Oscar Johson told Yahoo Sports. «Dame introduced him to the family and Melo mingled around and took some pictures, but he was just chill. He doesn’t eat pork, but he ate everything else. You can tell he enjoyed himself. That was Dame’s way of embracing him into the family and into the Trail Blazer family.»

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Many were skeptical whether Anthony would be able to return to his vintage self upon joining the Trail Blazers. ESPN's Max Kellerman was one of many pundits calling Melo a "washed player," but the 36-year-old has proven time and time again in the NBA Bubble that it’s Melo comeback season.&nbsp;» data-reactid=»29″>Many were skeptical whether Anthony would be able to return to his vintage self upon joining the Trail Blazers. ESPN’s Max Kellerman was one of many pundits calling Melo a «washed player,» but the 36-year-old has proven time and time again in the NBA Bubble that it’s Melo comeback season. 

If you’d ask Lillard, there’s no doubt the 10x NBA All-Star, six-time All-NBA selection, three-time Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion has Hall of Fame credentials.  

«I mean, he’s a Hall of Famer,» Lillard told NBA on TNT after Melo’s clutch three-pointer helped seal the Blazers win over the Rockets earlier this month. 

It’s more disappointing that people are surprised by it. He’s a Hall of Famer like I said, he’s a great teammate and that’s what we expect from him… We brought him here because we knew he would make a difference for our team and he’s been doing that. So, no surprises here…» – Damian Lillard 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Melo silenced his critics once more on Saturday as he put up a dagger three with just over 20 seconds left in the Trail Blazers play-in game victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Time to fill out&nbsp;that apology form, haters.&nbsp;» data-reactid=»35″>Melo silenced his critics once more on Saturday as he put up a dagger three with just over 20 seconds left in the Trail Blazers play-in game victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Time to fill out that apology form, haters. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Anthony and Lillard will both prepare for what could be one of the most meaningful series&nbsp;of their careers on Tuesday, as the Trail Blazers battle against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.&nbsp;» data-reactid=»37″>Anthony and Lillard will both prepare for what could be one of the most meaningful series of their careers on Tuesday, as the Trail Blazers battle against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="[Listen to the Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon and special guest Kevin Love].» data-reactid=»38″>[Listen to the Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon and special guest Kevin Love].

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Carmelo Anthony says Damian Lillard is the top guy Ive played with originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest» data-reactid=»39″>Carmelo Anthony says Damian Lillard is the top guy Ive played with originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest