Kristaps Porzingis knew that he would have to face many things after being drafted fourth overall by the New York Knicks last month, but nothing could have prepared him for a quirk of team star Carmelo Anthony. Speaking to Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, Porzingis discussed Anthony’s texting habits and how he refers to himself.
Carmelo Anthony reached out to me after I got drafted. He said, “Congrats, welcome to the team.” I didn’t have his number, so I texted back, “Who’s this?” And then a few minutes later, he said, “This is Melo” with his No. 7 as the “l.” I met him actually when I came for my Knicks tryout for the first time. We’ve talked a couple of times since then.
That’s right, folks. You read that correctly. Carmelo Anthony refers to himself as “Me7o,” opting so sub in his uniform number in place of the “l.”
I’ve heard of sports quirks, like Rickey Henderson referring to himself in the third person, players having certain pre-game rituals or superstitions, but Anthony’s oddly spelled nickname for himself is just plain weird. What, is he planning on a career as a rapper once he’s done with hoops and he wants to spell his name uniquely?
Look, as a Knicks fan, I won’t dwell on this for long. The long and short of it is that Anthony needs to focus less on giving himself an oddly-spelled nickname and more on getting the Knicks out of the basement and back into championship contention, starting with building an on-court relationship with Porzingis.
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