We are now accepting “Carmelo Anthony Apology” forms on behalf of the 12x All-Star from everyone who believed that Melo was ‘washed’ and that his time in the league had run its course.
The 36-year-old veteran has proven the haters wrong.
ESPN First Take’s Max Kellerman had some choice words about the future Hall of Fame back on May 1, 2018:
‘Washed’ let’s face it… But Carmelo Anthony as has been pointed out by Paul Pierce on our air. Can’t really get his own shot anymore. If he is reduced to a catch-and-shoot guy, he’s not an incredible shooter. He can hit an outside shot of course, but he doesn’t do it at an incredible clip. He doesn’t play defense. So what else does he do? — Max Kellerman
[Listen to the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon and special guest Blazers legend Bill Walton].
Well Max, let’s roll the clips and start with what he did on Tuesday night against his former team, the Houston Rockets.
Put this in the Louvre. pic.twitter.com/G6xyJp1qDg— Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) August 5, 2020
This was the same reason that Houston let Melo go after just 10 games with the Rockets in 2018:
The 18-year, future Hall of Famer has been nothing short of clutch for Portland during this NBA restart, hitting huge shots with not a lot of time left on the game clock. He rises to these big moments.
After the game, his point guard Damian Lillard spoke out:
He’s a Hall of Famer. I think it’s more disappointing that people are surprised by it. He’s a Hall of Famer like I said, he’s a great teammate, and that’s what we expect from him. We put him in those positions because we expect him to make those shots. We believe he’s going to make those shots, and we brought him here because we knew he would make a difference for our team and he’s been doing that. — Damian Lillard on Melo
Here’s what ‘Skinny Melo’ has been doing in the restart:
- Game 1 vs. Memphis: 21 points, 7 rebounds, two steals.
- Game 2 vs. Boston: 13 points, 3 rebounds, two assists, one block.
- Game 3 vs. Houston: 15 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, one assist.
Second-year player Gary Trent Jr. has quite literally turned up the heat for Portland this season. He has proven to be a solid backup at the three spot behind Melo and the two have formed a nice relationship on and off the court.
GTJ also thinks Melo deserves an apology.
Everybody that's said something negative about him-- they need to apologize. That's Carmelo Anthony... for him to come back and bounce back like its nothing-- that's why he's Carmelo Anthony. It's a blessing to have him on our team. -- Gary Trent, Jr.
Thank you to all the other teams who also thought Melo was ‘washed’ because Rip City sure loves Melo in a pinwheel jersey.
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