It looks like Carmelo Anthony may be muscular to return to the Knicks.
In a video and photos posted Thursday on social media by his New York-based coach, Chris Brickley, 36-year-old Anthony can be seen draining 3-pointers at Summit Gym in Midtown. In one picture, he appears shirtless and padded.
After Portland, Anthony’s team this season, became a surprising bubble playoff contender with a “seedings-games” wave, the Trail Blazers were eliminated 3-1 in the first round by the eventual champion Lakers.
To cover his comeback from exile, Anthony became an important third goal scorer for the Blazers, led by Damian Lillard̵
When the Blazers were eliminated on August 29, the Brooklyn native sounded a lot like he wanted to sign with Portland.
“I pray it could be Portland,” Anthony said of Zoom. “Honestly, thank God, I found a home in Portland. I became familiar with the organization. I became familiar with the guys on the team. They got on well with me. ”
But if point guard Chris Paul finds his way to the Knicks via a trade, sources have said Anthony is likely to follow. Anthony and Paul are close friends and have dreamed of playing together on an NBA team.
Both players were represented by Knicks president Leon Rose when he was the basketball director of the Creative Artists Agency. A source said Rose is susceptible to an Anthony return, even without Paul.
If Julius Randle is part of a Paul deal, the Knicks need a starting small forward and power forward. Anthony plays both positions.
The Blazers want Anthony back, especially judging by a wild back and forth between the Nuggets and Blazers’ Twitter accounts on Friday.
The Nuggets sent a tweet with five former players asking, “Who’s your favorite Nugget ever?” Anthony was not one of the five pictured despite his great career in Denver.
Shortly afterwards, the Blazers sent an identical-themed tweet with a frame of five former Portland stars – with Anthony along with Lillard, Brandon Roy, Clyde Drexler and Bill Walton. The image contained exactly the same message: “Who is your favorite Blazer of all time?”
Anthony’s chiseled appearance is remarkable as one of the trajectories of him during his career was that he never looked in excellent shape and he relied on his enormous 1-on-1 ability. Therefore, scouts believed that he never gave full effort on defense.
The pandemic, which caused a four-month hiatus for the season, gave Anthony time to train more off-court with basketball gyms closed. Anthony will not turn 37 until May – which will be the final stages of next season.
During the closing, Anthony, a Knick from 2011 to 2017, was still working with Brickley via virtual training. Now they can train again personally.