Melo heads back to fu­ture for a win

NBL ROUND 8

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JOR­DAN GER­RANS

“HOODIE Melo” seemed to be the start of the down­fall of Carmelo An­thony’s NBA ca­reer.

In the Far North, an­other Melo, Taipans im­port point guard Melo Trim­ble, is hop­ing a brand new head ac­ces­sory will be a turn­ing point, for all the right rea­sons, for his sea­son.

For those who do not fol­low the NBA closely, in 2017, then New York Knicks star An­thony be­came known for his off-sea­son work­outs where he would play bas­ket­ball wear­ing a hooded sweat­shirt — lead­ing to the nick­name “Hoodie Melo”.

Since then, An­thony has bounced around to a num­ber of teams and is now ex­iled from the Hous­ton Rock­ets and is not play­ing with an NBA fran­chise at all.

But, the name and phrase Hoodie Melo are still com­mon­place on so­cial me­dia and An­thony him­self of­ten talks about it.

His name­sake in Cairns, Trim­ble, de­clared at prac­tice this week that he is set to be­come “Head­band Melo” to help turn around their floun­der­ing NBL sea­son.

The Snakes lead­ing man sported the new look at train­ing on Wed­nes­day and it could be­come com­mon­place if the new head­wear de­liv­ers a vic­tory this evening.

“I am plan­ning on wear­ing it on Fri­day, we will see how that goes and if it goes well, I might keep it go­ing,” he said.

“You can call me Head­band Melo, be­cause I can­not wear the hood, that will be dif­fer­ent.

“Hope­fully I can get some­thing go­ing if I can play well.”

The 23-year-old, who at­tended Bishop O’Con­nell High School in Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia, used to wear a head­band in his teenage years, be­fore even­tu­ally feel­ing he was too old for it.

The pro­lific point guard did not call on the pow­ers of the

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