While some NBA fans out there have been worried that their favorite players might return to the court out of shape and even gain too many lbs following a four-month layoff, Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony did the exact opposite.
In various photos and videos circulating the interwebs, NBA fans are taking notice of a slimmer Melo.
Clearly, Anthony took advantage of quarantine and worked on his body. Maybe it’s because he knew he would be earning a lot more small forward minutes instead of being the stretch four for the Blazers with Trevor Ariza not returning for the restart.
Melo is looking like a more finesse player with this physique; a perfect look for the three, even if he has been pitching the idea lately that the NBA is positionless.
Fans even think the 17-year veteran looks 10 years younger now and former players took notice as well.
Wow 💪🏽 https://t.co/M7W2YRnQ2I— Rip City Project (@ripcityproject) July 12, 2020
Melo looks lean 💪🏿 https://t.co/wcg1f2byFJ— Caron Butler (@realtuffjuice) July 13, 2020
Hoodie Melo? How about Skinny Melo 👀 pic.twitter.com/fa0nQ68FcX— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) July 13, 2020
Skinny Melo is really a thing now pic.twitter.com/eAwVb3tWAN— Mr. Knicksman (@Knicksman780) July 13, 2020
Now think about a finesse and younger version of Melo.
Pair that version of the future Hall of Famer with Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins, the Blazers’ two 7-footers who are both going to be healthy after very lengthy rehabs.
Okay, now do you see why Trail Blazers fans are stoked to see a skinny Melo?
Look out NBA restart, the Trail Blazers look ready to go!
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