The nice “Melo” debate of 2021 is lastly over.
After the Trail 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 positive 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 alternate on the ground after the sport.
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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 thrice with three fingers. Ball does an identical celebration, although Anthony famous that he solely does one faucet.
“I think LaMelo is somebody who is gonna be in this game for a long time,” Anthony stated. “So the name ‘Melo,’ you guys might as well continue getting used to that or stay with it. I don’t get into that, though. For me, it’s a respect thing. It’s an honor for him to have that name, for him to embrace it, for him to do the celebration. It’s an honor. It’s a blessing. It’s a respect thing 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’s an honor for him to have that name for him to embrace it. It’s a blessing, it’s a respect thing for me”<-on LaMelo going by Melo pic.twitter.com/CgL1PK6UXO
— AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) March 2, 2021
Ball could grow to be the principle “Melo” within the close to future, however Anthony is not accomplished simply but. The future Hall 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 season.
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) March 2, 2021
No surprise there may be a lot “Melo” admiration going round.