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The Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony was named Western Conference Player of the Week after helping lead the team to a 3-0 record last week. Melo talked on the criticism he got for winning the award:

“I’ve seen the chatter, but I won’t allow myself to pay attention to that because I’ve come too far to start listening to that bullsh*t, to be honest with you. I won’t allow that negativity to creep in. I’ve worked so hard to get to that point mentally and emotionally. I won’t even let it happen.

I’m very honored to have won the award. It just speaks to the hard work I put in to stay ready for this moment. I have nothing but respect for [Harden and Doncic]. I didn’t make the decision, but I’m grateful that I won the award,” Anthony told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

Through seven games this season, Anthony has been averaging 16.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 0.7 steals per game, while shooting at 44.0% from the field.