Carmelo Anthony approves of LaMelo Ball taking ‘Melo’ nickname, 3-point celebration

The good “Melo” debate of 2021 is lastly over.

After the Path Blazers’ 123-111 win over the Hornets on Monday night time, Portland ahead Carmelo Anthony ended the unusual dialog about his standing because the true “Melo” of the NBA, telling reporters that it is completely wonderful for anybody to make use of the nickname when referring to Charlotte rookie LaMelo Ball. Anthony and Ball confirmed their respect for one another with a jersey trade on the ground after the game. 

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Anthony added that Ball is free to make use of his signature 3-point celebration. After making a shot from past the arc, Anthony usually faucets the facet of his head 3 times with three fingers. Ball does an analogous celebration, although Anthony famous that he solely does one faucet.

“I feel LaMelo is any person who’s gonna be on this game for a very long time,” Anthony stated. “So the identify ‘Melo,’ you guys may as effectively proceed getting used to that or stick with it. I do not get into that, although. For me, it is a respect factor. It is an honor for him to have that identify, for him to embrace it, for him to do the celebration. It is an honor. It is a blessing. It is a respect factor for me. I embrace him.”

Ball might grow to be the principle “Melo” within the close to future, however Anthony is not carried out simply but. The longer term Corridor of Famer scored a team-high 29 factors off the bench towards the Hornets, taking pictures 10 of 19 from the sector and 6 of 10 from 3-point vary. Ball, in the meantime, had a game-high 30 factors to go along with eight assists, six rebounds and 4 steals. 

No marvel there’s a lot “Melo” admiration going round.

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