Some two years after infamously saying, “Aye P. They told me I gotta come off the bench,” Carmelo Anthony is now about to do just that.

The Portland Trail Blazers forward said Friday that he has accepted the fact that he will not start next season but admitted that doing so was difficult.

“I had to swallow that pill,” he said, per Bleacher Report’s Sean Highkin. “We had multiple conversations leading up to me coming back here.