Hoodie Melo became a phenomenon last summer, as flattering workout video after flattering workout video emerged of a hooded Carmelo Anthony. Those videos gave Anthony the new nickname/alter-ego and inspired faith he’d flourish with the Thunder.
I believe Knox honestly meant that as a compliment. It wasn’t. But I believe Knox on his intent.
The problem was Knox failed to consider the follow-up question: Why doesn’t Anthony – who has never won MVP, finished top-five only once and top-10 only twice – play like that during the season? Most potential answers – e.g., that Anthony cares more about looking good on social media than contributing to winning – cast Anthony in a negative light.
I believe Anthony works hard. But until he takes a different approach, that training effort will go only so far in the NBA.