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Kyle Kuzma: ‘They really tried to cancel’ Carmelo Anthony

Los Angeles Lakers star Kyle Kuzma reacted to Carmelo Anthony’s outstanding performance on Tuesday night by taking to Twitter to float a “cancel” conspiracy theory about the Portland Trail Blazers veteran.

Now in his 18th season, Anthony thrilled NBA fans on Tuesday with the kind of clutch throwback performance that was reminiscent of the days when he was among the most talented players in the league.

In the Trail Blazers’ 110-102 win over the Houston Rockets, Anthony brought the defense late with a huge block on P.J. Tucker’s 3-pointer attempt with the game tied at 100 apiece with 3:08 left.

Anthony — who put up a 15-point, 11-rebound, one-assist stat line — then played the role of closer with a clutch three-pointer that gave the Blazers a 107-102 lead with 54 seconds remaining in the game.

Anthony weighed in on his late-game heroics after the victory.

Which brings the story to Kuzma’s conspiratorial tweet. Shortly after the conclusion of Anthony’s performance, the Lakers star opined that “They really tried to cancel Melo.”

Interestingly enough, Kuzma’s tweet is not the first time the notion that something untoward involving Anthony was occurring. When Anthony was still in NBA purgatory ahead of the 2019-20 season before signing with Portland, a report surfaced suggesting that there was “chitter-chatter” going on behind Anthony’s back.

The gist of what was being said about the veteran involved how Anthony’s reputation was being “smeared behind the scenes” by unnamed coaches and GMs.

Whether or not that was true is a matter of conjecture and unlikely to ever be confirmed. That being said, it sure sounds like Kuzma believes conspiratorial forces were working against Anthony ahead of his career renaissance in Portland.