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Carmelo Anthony on season: ‘This ain’t a damn farewell tour’

Carmelo Anthony’s NBA career was without question in jeopardy as he languished in purgatory without a team for almost all of last season and into the 2019-20 campaign.

Having caught on with the Portland Trail Blazers just last week, the 35-year-old veteran superstar — despite a belief that this could be his last go-round — has summarily dismissed the notion that this will be his final NBA season.

“This ain’t a damn farewell tour. My love for the game don’t stop. I don’t know where this ‘farewell tour’ thing came from. I’ve never talked about a farewell tour,” Anthony told Shams Charania of The Athletic. “I know what I can do and I believe in myself.

“When a farewell tour comes, it comes. That’s not something I think about. I’m not thinking about retiring right now. I had [thought about it] during this past stretch over the summer. But ain’t no retiring in my mind. I believe in what I have left.”

Now in his 17th NBA season, Anthony of course is not the player he was in his prime. That said, the veteran enjoyed his best outing in years in the Blazers’ 117-94 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. In 31 minutes of action, Anthony scored 25 points on 50% shooting (including 4-of-7 from downtown) to go along with eight rebounds and two assists.

If Anthony were able to maintain that level of productivity — and after only four games on the season, that’s obviously uncertain — odds are there would be some teams interested in his services next season. But that’s a big “if,” without question.

Either way, as far as Anthony sees it, this season is not his swan song. The problem is that the ultimate decision may no be up to him in the end.