Carmelo Anthony Explains the Origins of “Hoodie Melo”

Hoodie Melo
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Following the New Yorks Knicks’ recent trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Melo appeared in OKC’s first media day… and talked “Hoodie Melo”.

The NBA star has been rocking a hoodie as of late and social media had a lot to say about it. But, where did it come from?

On the origins of “Hoodie Melo”, he said: “It started with a beanie, like I was just in the gym and I didn’t have a haircut, and I was like, ‘I’m just gonna go and throw a hat on. I wanted to sweat, and I just started working back out in the summer. From there, it went to a hoodie and it got out, and the phenomenon started.”

“For me, it was just about showing a different focus that I have, a different motivation, and just locking in to what I have to do. And locking myself into the gym, and locking myself into focusing in on my body,” Melo continued. “Because I didn’t know what was going to happen. It was so much going on that was surrounding me that I just wanted to find a way that I can just focus in, and that’s when Hoodie Melo was created.”

Elsewhere during Media Day, Anthony had a laugh when a journalist brought up the notion of him potentially coming off the bench, rather than being a starter as he has throughout his career.

“Who me?” he asked in disbelief, while chuckling. “I don’t know where that started, where that came from. Aye P, they said I gotta come off the bench!”

How do you think Melo will do in OKC, alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George?