Former New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony explains why he’s choosing to wear double-zero for the Portland Trail Blazers.
This past weekend, Anthony signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, who sit in 12th place in the Western Conference at 5-9. It’s a one-year, non-guaranteed deal, the first non-guaranteed contract Melo has signed in his entire career. He’ll no longer be sporting No. 7 though. Anthony has decided to wear No. 00 and took to his Instagram this week to explain why.
It seems Melo is comparing No. 00 to the infinity symbol but is still keeping the No. 7 in his #STAYME7O hashtag. Sort of like a “new chapter but still sticking to the roots” type of deal.
Melo will have a chance to see his first in-game action as a Trail Blazer when the team takes on the 4-9 New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Head coach Terry Stotts is going to ease Anthony into the rotation with about 20 minutes per night, but he’s already in the starting lineup.
Portland is hoping the veteran scorer can invigorate a sputtering Blazers squad.
In his last campaign with the Rockets (2018-19), Anthony appeared in 10 games, starting in two. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds on 40.5% shooting from the field and 32.8% from behind the arc. Melo did this while averaging 29.4 minutes-per-game. His last All-Star season was just three years ago in his final season with the New York Knicks.