Bubble "Melo" Pays Off For The Portland Trailblazers

Bubble “Melo” Pays Off For The Portland Trailblazers

For about a year it seemed as if the future Hall-of-Famer Carmelo Anthony would never get a chance to play in the NBA again after his short 10 game Houston Rockets career ended.

Post-Houston Melo ended up in what can best be described as the National Basketball Association version of limbo. The Cambridge Dictionary defines limbo as an uncertain situation that you cannot control and in which there is no progress or improvement. This is the perfect definition for the place Melo found himself in after the Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey gave up on after just 10 games during the 2018-19 season.

Fast forward to the 2019 offseason and Melo could not understand why none of the 30 NBA teams were willing to give him a look. So why would this 10-time NBA All-Star, 6-time All NBA player not have any interest from any team? Was it a conspiracy to keep him out of the league or did GM’s in the NBA simply not understand how to utilize the skill set of the aging superstar?

Houstons Loss Is Portlands Gain

Literally, a week before Houston said goodbye, Melo actually scored 28 points against the Nets. Clearly he wasn’t ready to hang up his shoes after his short stint in Houston.

During his time in NBA limbo, the majority of NBA executives stayed away from Melo because they believed he had nothing left in the tank. It was that kind of short-sighted line of thinking that prevented NBA executives from actually paying attention to the stats.

Melo who in his last full season in the league averaged over 16 points a game while playing for OKC. Sure he was no longer dropping 23 points a night, but I remember thinking at the time, so what. He can still give a team at least 15 points a night and would be an extremely reliable bench player. Why wouldn’t an NBA GM want that?

Enter the Portland Trailblazers who finally decided to take a chance on Melo. Since joining the Trailblazers all Melo has done is average 15.3 points a game and has become one of the most reliable rotation players on the Trailblazers roster.


If there were NBA bubble awards, Melo would easily win the comeback bubble player of the year award. Entering the bubble the Trailblazers found themselves 3.5 games out of the playoffs but after Tuesday nights 110-102 upset win against Houston the Trailblazers are now just 1.5 games out of a playoff spot.

Look, the GM’s that didn’t consider bringing Melo in messed up big-time. Having a player come off the bench night in night out and put up 15 reliable points is a luxury that the majority of teams in the NBA do not have from their 8th or 9th player in their rotation. Playing follow the leader is a game that should just be reserved for kids, not for NBA executives.

By the way, Melo hit a clutch 3-pointer which helped seal the deal against that team that should have never given up on him.

A little “Melo” justice was served on Tuesday night.

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