In the 2018-2019 NBA season, Carmelo Anthony was on an NBA team for 10 games. Unfortunately, after that handful of games, he would not see the floor again for that season. Those days without Carmelo in the league were a confusing time, not only for him but for fans of him as well. It seemed that the majority felt he had gas left in the tank, but he continued to go unsigned. Carmelo Anthony recently shared what he used as motivation during that time away from the NBA on' The Shop.'
"Self-motivation. But also being around my son, and being around his teammates and going to the tournaments and them giving me that love. That was a different type of love. Forget the media they [the kids] telling me: 'Man, you ain't done'."Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo's son, Kiyan Anthony, is also trying to leave his mark on basketball. That shared interest looks to be what brought the 10-time All-Star back to the NBA. In November 2019, Carmelo joined the Portland Trail Blazers and averaged 15.4 points per game in his first season returning. The following year, he averaged 13.4 points per game. The support during his time away is paying off.
Carmelo Anthony's motivation while in the NBA
While out of the NBA, Carmelo Anthony used a different form of motivation to keep pushing. Now that he is back in the league, he has his sights set on the title.
Earlier this month, the NBA announced that Carmelo Anthony is joining the Los Angeles Lakers. As a result, he will play with one of his closest friends in the league, LeBron James. Not only that, but he will have a legitimate shot at winning an NBA title.
The Lakers also acquired point guard Russell Westbrook in a deal with the Wizards. The Lakers reunite Westbrook and Anthony after the two played together for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A championship would continue what is already a great NBA comeback story for the former scoring champ.