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.
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.”
Carmelo Anthony clearing the air on the Melo controversy with LaMelo Ball:
“I vouched for it, he can do it”<-on LaMelo doing 3 to the dome celly
“It is an honor for him to have that identify for him to embrace it. It is a blessing, it is a respect factor for me”<-on LaMelo going by Melo pic.twitter.com/CgL1PK6UXO
— AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) March 2, 2021
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.
LaMelo now first amongst rookies in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, PER, BPM (high 40 in NBA), third in 3PTM on 36.7%. Turns 20 this summer time.
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) March 2, 2021
No marvel there’s a lot “Melo” admiration going round.
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.