Carmelo Anthony poured his heart out after becoming the 10th best scorer in NBA history on Monday … giving a powerful post-game speech about believing in himself and never giving up.
The 36-year-old Blazers star passed Elvin Hayes to reach #10 on the league’s all-time scoring list after nailing a 3-point shot early into the 2nd quarter against the Atlanta Hawks … surpassing the Hall of Famer’s career total of 27,313 points.
The moment hit especially hard for Melo — the future Hall of Famer was considered to be “blackballed” by the league in 2019 … and he had to fight like hell to prove he was still able to compete at the highest level.
Anthony basked in the monumental moment after hitting his shot … raising his arms and smiling as he joined names like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kobe Bryant on the elite list of the league’s best scorers.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts awarded Anthony the game ball after the Blazers’ loss to the Hawks … and Melo opened up about his long journey back to glory.
“A couple years ago I ain’t think I was gonna be in this moment,” Anthony said in the locker room. “I was out the league for whatever reason.”
“I’m back. I persevered. I stayed strong I stayed true to myself & now I’m here in the Top 10.”
Of course, the 10-time All-Star bounced around the league after spending most of his career with the Nuggets and Knicks … playing one season with the OKC Thunder in 2017-18 and just 10 games with the Houston Rockets in the 2018-19 season before being traded and later waived by the Chicago Bulls in February 2019.
He remained a free agent until the Blazers picked him up in November 2019 … and he’s proven to be a valuable asset around Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
Dame spoke about the impact Melo has left on the team over the past 2 seasons … saying it goes way beyond the court.
Congrats on the milestone, Melo … and look out, Moses Malone — he’s just 91 points behind you!!