Marc Stein of the New York Times joined me on the Bald Faced Truth radio show to talk about his in-depth discussion with Carmelo Anthony recently.

Stein said Anthony's desire to not come to Portland was rooted in family, not basketball.

"We had a fair bit of discussion about Portland...," Stein said. "... He did say that it meant a lot to him how badly those guys wanted him. I think it really was the distance (that caused him to not be interested). I don't think it was about Portland, the place... I don't think it was about Portland, I think it was about family... presumably his wife and son are going to stay in New York for the bulk of the year. He was in constant contact with (Damian) Lillard and (CJ) McCollum."