Carmelo Anthony said he felt like he belonged following his season debut during the Portland Trail Blazers' 115-104 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.
Anthony, who started the game, finished with 10 points on 4-14 shooting from the field.
Anthony acknowledged how he has to adjust his game to fit with the physicality of the league.
"The physicality of the game has changed. The way that they call the game, the way that the game is played has changed, so you almost have to adjust again," said Anthony.
Terry Stotts was encouraged by Anthony's debut.
"To be honest, I thought he looked good. I thought offensively he got looks, he got good looks at the basket. I thought he got fouled at least two or three times taking it strong to the basket. He then came away empty, so that kind of affected his (stat) line," said Stotts.
Stotts added that Anthony may continue to start for the team.