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  • Blazers rookie said Carmelo Anthony always try to help the team become better
  • Anthony quickly embraced the role of a leader with the Blazers
  • Anthony is happy to be part of Damian Lillard's 61-point performance

A Portland Trail Blazers rookie revealed how Carmelo Anthony helps his new team.

Nassir Little is Portland’s 2019 first-round pick. Due to a series of devastating injuries, Little was inserted into the rotation in mid-November. The rookie performed well and even started for three games. However, Little has seen his role reduced more and more since the signing of 10-time All Star  Anthony. Despite being limited in minutes, Little still feels fortunate for having the opportunity to learn from “Melo.”

In a recent exclusive interview with Fanatics View, Little, who calls himself “The Silent Assasin,” addressed the current status of the Trail Blazers in the stacked Western Conference. According to Little, the Blazers are still recuperating from injuries but already starting to gel as a unit. As for the reason behind his unique nickname, Little revealed that in high school and college, he used to do stuff that don’t really make noise during games. But after the game, he surprises everybody with the numbers he put up.

“You may not realize but after the game, you look at the stats and I got 10 rebounds or 20 points, stuff like that,” Little said about calling himself “The silent Assassin.”

Little was then asked to reveal his relationship with Anthony as teammates. As per the rookie, Anthony is a great leader who always speaks his mind in trying to help the team become better.

“He’s a great leader. A great teammate. He always speaks his brain,” Little said about Anthony.

“He’s been really helpful and open to helping me out to become a better player,” Little added.

When Anthony finally found his way back in the NBA by signing with the Blazers, he immediately embraced the role of a leader. “Melo” proved everybody wrong when he quickly worked out well with the team and has become an integral part in making his teammates perform at their best.

Carmelo Anthony Carmelo Anthony #7 of the Houston Rockets warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Oct. 20, 2018, in Los Angeles. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

In fact, Anthony is happy to be part of Damian Lillard’s franchise record 61-point performance against the Golden State Warriors.

After the game, Anthony, who added 14 points of his own, commented on Lillard’s huge game and Blazers’ spectacular comeback win. He expressed gratitude over sharing the court with “Dame” in a historic game and stated that the said game was a game they really had to win.

“We won, and it was in a game we had to have. It was a special night. I’m just glad I could be a part of that,” Anthony said.