Carmelo Anthony beat out Luka Doncic and James Harden for the NBA's latest Western Conference Player of the Week honors, sparking criticism over whether the 35-year-old was the most deserving candidate.
But the Portland Trail Blazers forward made it clear he won't be affected by any outside noise, especially given the hurdles he's overcome to prolong his career.
"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 bullshit, to be honest with you," Anthony told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "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."
Anthony averaged 22.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in three games last week. Impressive numbers, to be sure, but not quite on the level of Doncic's and Harden's production.
The Slovenian sophomore averaged 30.3 points, 8.6 boards, and nine assists over three games, while the Houston Rockets superstar continued his scoring tear, averaging 47 points along with 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds in two contests.
League sources told Haynes that Harden playing in only two games (the week schedule runs Monday-Sunday) prevented him from being the top candidate, while Portland's 3-0 week helped Anthony edge Doncic, whose Dallas Mavericks went 2-1.
Anthony acknowledged he's appreciative of the honor, adding he has "nothing but respect" for Harden and Doncic.
"I didn't make the decision, but I'm grateful that I won the award."