If Carmelo Anthony has indeed played his final game with the Knicks, his teammates gave him a surprising parting gift.
Melo received the 2017-18 Players’ Association award for best teammate on the Knicks. Players were only allowed to vote for teammates, so this honor did indeed come from his fellow ‘Bockers.
EAST— NBPA (@TheNBPA) August 18, 2017
The teammate with the biggest impact on and off the court. Check out the #PlayersVoice Award winners for Best Teammate. pic.twitter.com/F1UFnt6Qdu
Melo took several steps back as a player last season, particularly on defense, but it would appear his teammates still appreciated his professionalism, particularity given the fact that the team president tended to blame him for all of the Knicks’ problems in very public forums. Teammates love it when you take the heat.
Perhaps no NBA player has been Melo’s teammate longer than former Knick J.R. Smith, who was asked to put to rest the big question that has plagued league observers this entire summer: Hoodie Melo vs. Regular Melo.
The Hoodie Melo Mixtape:— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) August 16, 2017
(h/t @Cbrickley603 and @carmeloanthony) pic.twitter.com/DK9RvJnCPv
Here’s what Earl had to say.
#HoodieMelo pic.twitter.com/hkb7Um6fIc— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) August 18, 2017
“Hoodie Melo doesnt play with a conscience.”
“Both great but I like hoodie Melo.”
Leave it to the ever-philosophical J.R. to solve the debate.
By the way, the t-shirt company breakingT is selling “Hoodie Melo” shirts if you wanna pick one up. His mustache looks particularly ominous in this one. Hoodie Melo 4ever.
Carmelo is rated an 84 but #HoodieMelo would become best current player in #NBA2K18. Think @TheRealJRSmith would agree... pic.twitter.com/hzijm9A7OM— NBA 2K 2K18 (@NBA2K) August 19, 2017