There have been many versions of Carmelo Anthony and fans couldn't resist but notice the 36-year-old's slim frame following his return to basketball activities after a four-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
NBA teams have arrived to Walt Disney World in Orlando, where the league has placed teams in a bubble as they aim to finish the season in safest possible way. 2013 NBA Scoring champion Anthony is noticeably slimmed from what he looked before the season was suspended.
"Every summer, it's a different name for me," Anthony said, as quoted on ESPN. "This summer is Skinny Melo. There's Hoodie Melo, USA Melo (actually it's Olympic Melo), there's so many different Melos out there.
But at the end of the day, I'm me." But Portland Trailer Blazers forward Anthony has nothing against his new nickname as he said: "I take it as a compliment. I take it as a testament to the work I had put in, just the extreme focus I've had over these past couple month."
When asked about the next version, Anthony simply said he will keep fans posted: "I was about to say something, but I can't. We'll get through this bubble first, and I'll let you know. I'll keep you posted."
Anthony challenged himself to get in a better shape
Blazers big men Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins have recovered from their respective injury and Anthony, who was starting at the power forward position before the suspension, will now return to the small forward position -- his more natural and comfortable spot.
"For me, I had that in the back of my mind, once coach told me the position, that I'd be switching back to the 3," Anthony said. "I kind of challenged myself to get down to that weight where I feel comfortable with playing the 3, comfortable running around and utilizing things I can do within our system from playing the 3.
"That was a big motivation for me to come back at that exact weight or around that weight, 230, 235. I haven't seen 230, 235 since early, early in my career. So now it puts me back in a mindset of that from a confidence standpoint, knowing that I was able to get back to that.
On the court I feel good, I feel healthy. I have a lot of clarity, too. All of that was part of the plan."