Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony reiterated the embarrassment he felt while attending his son Kiyan's AAU games after getting waived by the Chicago Bulls following a trade from the Houston Rockets in January 2019.
"I was embarrassed," Anthony told ESPN's Royce Young on Friday. "I didn't even want to go to my son's tournaments. I was that embarrassed. Because it's like, you are who you are. You've been in this game 16 years playing at a high level and that's just taken away from you. Nobody remembers that. It was an ego hit. I used to tell my son and wife, 'Y'all go to this tournament, I don't think I can handle it.' I was broken at that point."
The 10-time NBA All-Star made similar comments about the situation last March.
"One part of me was really embarrassed—I was embarrassed," Anthony said at the time. "You know, kids are really honest. I didn't want to deal with those questions. 'What happened, Melo?'"
Entering the 2017-18 season, Anthony had spent 15 years, eight with the Denver Nuggets and seven with the New York Knicks, as one of the NBA's biggest stars. The Brooklyn native won a scoring title during the 2012-13 season with the Knicks and was named to one of the All-NBA teams on six occasions.