Trail Blazers

Carmelo Anthony's superb footwork mightily impressed Stephen Curry

Trail Blazers

Respect runs rampant between many NBA stars and few command more of it than ten-time All-Star and Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony.

When he was out of the league for nearly a year, plenty of NBA players knew there were not 400 players better than Melo in the world, but still, Anthony was without a contract until the Blazers signed him early into the 2019-20 season.

Melo delivered averaging 15.4 points per game in a starting role, including multiple clutch three-pointers in the Orlando bubble to clinch the Blazers' playoff berth. 

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Now, after accepting a bench role for the second time in his career, Melo is still showing he's got it and a recent move caught the eye of former two-time MVP Stephen Curry.

Anthony caught the ball a few feet out from the block and drained a patented, one-dribble stepback jumper out of the post over Solomon Hill.

Curry was right for the record. This was not a "the NBA doesn't call traveling" non-travel. It was a by-the-book, clean-as-the-glass, vintage Melo move. 

Carmelo finished the game with 11 points in 29 minutes. 

It had shades of when Melo welcomed Zion Williamson to the league last season with his iconic jab step jumper.

He may no longer be starting in the NBA, but the magic of Carmelo Anthony still shines on the court and Steph Curry gave it some well-deserved recognition Saturday evening.