Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Releasing For The First Time This Month: Details

Kanye West and Adidas have a number Yeezy releases planned for the final weeks 2019, including multiple Yeezy Boost 350 V2s, a new Yeezy Boost 700 V2 and the first-ever Yeezy Boost 380. Additionally, sneaker source Yeezy Mafia reports that the glow-in-the-dark “Azael” Yeezy 700 V3 is also ficially slated to launch on December 23. 

The Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 “Azael” feature a mesh construction with reflective 3M detailing throughout. The kicks are also highlighted by web-like, rubber overlays that cover the upper and emit a greenish glow once the lights go out. Unlike the previous Yeezy 700s, the 700 V3 is void the beloved Boost cushioning and instead utilizes an all-new, yet-to-be-named, technology beneath the silhouette. 

Releasing on December 23, it is believed that the Yeezy 700 V3 will retail for $180, making them one the cheapest Yeezys to date. Continue scrolling for the ficial images and stay tuned for a list retailers that will have the kicks in stock later this month.

Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Releasing For The First Time This Month: Details


Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Releasing For The First Time This Month: Details


Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Releasing For The First Time This Month: Details


Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Releasing For The First Time This Month: Details

Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Azael/House Heat

Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Releasing For The First Time This Month: Details

Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Azael/House Heat

Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Releasing For The First Time This Month: Details

Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Azael/House Heat

Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Releasing For The First Time This Month: Details

Adidas Yeezy 700 V3 Azael/House Heat

Kanye West Clowned For Silver "Tinman" Costume At Yesterday’s Opera

Kanye West thinks outside the box. He isn’t afraid to be one hundred percent himself in any given situation and try new things. Well, photographs are circulating what looks like Ye dressed like the tinman from The Wizard Oz, but it’s not that at all. According to Cosmopolitan, the reason why Kanye is covered in silver paint, and silver threads to match, is because he was dressed up as a character from his opera Mary.

Kanye West Clowned For Silver "Tinman" Costume At Yesterday's Opera
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West showed up to the Art Basel Miami event with the metallic paint and get-up and was all smiles for the camera. His opera Mary is actually a nativity story with renditions Kanye’s hits “Love Lockdown,” “Power,” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” with Christmas songs as well.

Some people online can’t handle Kanye in costume but is it really a surprise? You can always expect the unexpected where Kanye is concerned. Whether it is his real estate investments or unique perspective on the issues, Kanye is always going to be Kanye.

So while some are critical Yeezy’s latest antics, others are only left wondering how long it took to get that paint f. That stuff looks caked on thick. 

Juice WRLD Death: Last-Known Video Of Rapper Alive Surfaces

Rest in peace to the incomparable Juice WRLD. The talented 21-year-old artist from Chicago was an enigmatic character, impacting the music industry immediately upon his arrival and quickly rising to become one the most popular artists in the entire world. His hit singles “Lucid Dreams” and “All Girls Are The Same” are gonna hit differently now and, upon hearing the news, many revisited his tribute track “Legends,” which was penned after the passing XXXTentacion last year. The rapper sings at the beginning: “What’s the 27 club?/We ain’t making it past 21.” Juice WRLD passed away just days after celebrating his twenty-first birthday. As people continue to react to the tragic announcement his death, the last-known video the rapper alive has surfaced online, showing him in good spirits, fooling around with his team on his plane to Chicago.

Juice WRLD Death: Last-Known Video Of Rapper Alive Surfaces
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A video shared by DJ Akademiks contains what is believed to be the final video Juice WRLD before he suffered a fatal seizure in Chicago’s Midway Airport. He could be seen pulling a prank on one his homies, grabbing a water bottle and dousing him as he slept, emptying the liquids in his face. The Chicago star was laughing, smiling, and appeared to be having a good time.

We’re sending positive thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the friends, family and loved ones Juice WRLD. Rest in peace to a young king.

Iggy Azalea & Playboi Carti Reportedly Expecting A Child

Iggy Azalea is reportedly six months pregnant with Playboi Carti‘s child according to sources, per Hollywood Unlocked. The publication reveals that the Australian emcee and Atlanta rapper have chosen to keep the development under wraps on their end while close friends have no issue in divulging the news themselves.

Carti and Iggy first started dating in 2018, moving in together in Atlanta soon after. Last year, they sparked engagement rumors when Azalea was spotted wearing a diamond ring on her finger during an appearance on The X Change Rate. When asked if she was single, she would point to her finger and say, “No, I’m not. I’m not.”

“Once I started talking to her, I just cut f everybody,” Carti previously told FADER his coupling. “It was over with.”

Asie from an alleged baby on the baby, Iggy most recently dropped f her Wicked Lips EP, marking another step in what’s been a solid return to the spotlight for the rapper.

As for Carti, we’re still waiting.

Die Lit arrived in 2018 and since then, the Atlanta artist has filled in the space since then with featured appearances and visuals for his debut’s selections.

Fabolous Earns Seventh Top 10 Record With "Summertime Shootout 3"

This week, FabolousSummertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer Ever effort debuts at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, marking the Brooklyn rapper’s seventh total top 10 effort on the coveted chart.

According to Billboard, SS3 earned 44,000 equivalent album units in the week ending December 5th, with 37,000 those going toward streaming equivalent units, translating to 46.9 million on-demand audio streams. It marks Fab’s first top 10 since peaking at No. 10 with his Jadakiss collaborative Friday on Elm Street tape from 2017.

Fabolous Earns Seventh Top 10 Record With "Summertime Shootout 3"

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SS3 is also joined by 2001’s Ghetto Fabolous, which peaked at No. 4, 2003’s Street Dreams (No. 3), 2004’s Real Talk (No. 6), 2007’s From Nothin’ To Somethin’ (No. 2), and 2009’s Loso’s Way (Soundtrack) which cracked the top spot as the only No. 1 entry Fabolous’ career thus far.

Elsewhere in the top 10 this week’s chart, the holidays are ficially kicking in as the Frozen II soundtrack moves up to No. 1 with 80,000 units. Post Malone‘s Hollywood’s Bleeding trails at No. 2 with 65,000 units earned this past week. Trippie Redd’s A Love Letter To You 4 is up next at No. 3 with 54,000 units while Taylor Swift‘s Lover rises from 6 to No. 4 with 52,000 units sold. Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? is another familiar face at No. 5 with 50,000 units this week.

Michael Bublé’s Christmas album makes its seasonal return to the top 10 at No. 6 this week with 48,000 units while Penatonix’s The Best Pentatonix Christmas jumps from No. 18 to No. 8 with 43,000 units. Mariah Carey‘s Merry Christmas staple album follows the trend at No. 9 this week with 37,000 units sold.

Closing out the set is Summer Walker’s Over It, pushing 35,000 units.

Pringles Unveils Self-Feeding Headset For Die-Hard Gamers

The gaming industry is as big as its ever been. With the rapid evolution technology in recent times, gaming has become even more a global phenomenon backed by a multi-billion dollar industry. Everyone’s been trying to get in on it, too. Many companies have figured out ways to tap into the market with creative devices that can help the gaming experience.

Pringles are the latest to come into the game. Now, chips are essentially the perfect snack for gaming but it gets hard when you’re deep into the game. You got to pause the game, grab some chips, and wipe your hands from the grease if you’re down for good hygiene. Pringles, however, has made this process a bit easier. They’ve introduced the “Hunger Hammer” which is made up several 3D-printed components that are supposed to be attached to the Razer headset. Much like a beer hat, the Pringles are attached to the headset and feed through a mechanical arm. 

Unfortunately, this is only a prototype that likely won’t actually end up becoming a real product. It seems like Pringles just toyed with the idea and don’t see this actually becoming a necessity for gamers, nor do they actually have any plans to turn this into a product that could be available on the market Perhaps it’s for the better. 

Hip Hop Week In Review: The Game Drops Final Album & Eminem Disses Nick Cannon Again

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, The Game released his Born 2 Rap album with a diss to older brother Big Fase 100. Also, Eminem and Nick Cannon are back to exchanging barbs and Wack 100 said Nipsey Hussle wasn’t a legend.

The Game Releases Born 2 Rap

The Game released Born 2 Rap, his last album (allegedly), on Friday (December 6).

On the 25-track LP, Game takes shots at rapper Big Fase 100 — who happens to be his older brother — on the song “Hug The Block.”

“I was LeBron, you were supposed to be my Rich Paul/Baby to Slim when a nigga got rich dawg/But your love turn to hate that’s what we split for/When the fuck you get soft/And start talkin’ behind my back like baby mamas when they pissed off,” Game spit on the track.

Fase responded with a post to Instagram of a picture featuring biblical figures Cain and Abel.

Listen to The Game’s swan song Born 2 Rap here.

Eminem Disses Nick Cannon

Eminem and Nick Cannon have been industry enemies for years. This week, the two went back-and-forth again song and radio.

On Fat Joe’s Family Ties album, Eminem took a stab at Nick Cannon on the song “Lord Above” featuring Mary J. Blige. Joey Crack described it as the most “disrespectful” rap ever.

Following the track’s release, Cannon went on his Power 106 morning show and said Em’s diss wasn’t worthy of a response. But Cannon has since proposed Eminem come on an episode of Wild ‘N Out to battle it out.

Listen to Eminem’s verse on Fat Joe’s “Lord Above” here.

Wack 100 Declares Nipsey Hussle’s Not A Legend

Even though Wack 100 said he was going to chill on the Nipsey Hussle commentary, this week he took things a step further by saying Nip wasn’t a legend.

“What’s a legend? Define a legend. Let’s keep it real,” Wack told TMZ cameras. “If Dr. Dre died right now, we’d say we lost a legend, right? Based upon what? Numbers, right? Body of work, right? How many albums did Nipsey drop? One album, right? This not no personal shit. This is real shit.”

His comments didn’t sit too well with a few big names in the industry such as T.I. and Meek Mill. Both took issue with Wack’s statement.

As a result, Wack called out T.I. for allegedly being a snitch like Tekashi 6ix9ine and reminded everyone about the time he participated in a crime tip line PSA commercial. T.I. offered his paperwork, which disputes Wack’s claim, as a response.

Wack doubled down on his perspective with Nick Cannon on Power 106.

Read more about Wack 100 versus everyone here.


– The Game — Born 2 Rap
– Griselda Records — WWCD
– Alchemist & Action Bronson — Lamb Over Rice
– Dave East — Survival

#DXclusives: Rubi Rose, Armen Keleshian and KSI

Rubi Rose Talks Juggling Both A Hip Hop & College Career

Rising star Rubi Rose spoke with HipHopDX about how she got her start while also attending college.

“It’s definitely hard, but it’s worth it,” she told DX. “If you want to do something, you stick through it and you do it. And I want to do (music and school), so I’m going to finish. It’s no biggie.”

Read the full Rubi Rose interview here.

Armen Keleshian Spills The Secrets On Being A Successful Hip Hop Photographer

Celebrity photographer Armen Keleshian spoke with DX about how he got his start, which he credits to Steve Lobel.

“Pretty much everything changed,” he revealed. “So when I moved to L.A., I hit up Steve and we had met in Lebanon when he brought out J. Cole at the time. I said, ‘Yo, I’m in L.A., I’d love an opportunity to come shadow you. If you ever need content, I’d love to come and shoot.’Just getting them going around. And Steve said, ‘I got you.’”

Check out the full Armen Keleshian interview here.

KSI Reacts To Logan Paul Thinking He Was Going To Win Their Fight

British rapper and YouTube personality KSI beat Logan Paul in a boxing match and spoke to DX about the social media star talking a lot of trash ahead of their fight.

“I expected him to bring more to the fight,” he said. “I thought he would really try to fight me because he had so much talk and confidence.”

Watch the full KSI interview here.

Is Iggy Azalea 6 Months Pregnant With Playboi Carti’s Baby?

Iggy Azalea and her boyfriend Playboi Carti are reportedly expecting a child. According to Hollywood Unlocked, the Aussie rapper is six months pregnant, which would point to a March 2020 arrival.

Friends of the couple reportedly delivered the news, although they didn’t confirm whether it was a boy or girl. However, it’s important to note in recent photographs of Iggy, she looks svelte and nowhere near pregnant.

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Iggy and the 22-year-old rapper have been dating since 2018. She was previously engaged to NBA basketball player Nick Young who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets. They broke up in 2016 after a video surfaced of Young admitting to having an affair.

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The couple sparked engagement rumors in July when Iggy flaunted a massive ring on her left ring finger during an appearance on The X Change Rate. When asked if she was single, Iggy pointed to the ring and said, “No, I’m not. I’m not.” An engagement was never confirmed.

In December 2018, Iggy — who’s seven years Playboi’s senior — relocated from Los Angeles back to Atlanta where they now live together.

“Once I started talking to her, I just cut off everybody,” he told FADER. “It was over with.”

Azalea’s latest album In My Defense arrived in January, four years after her 2014 debut The New Classic. She recently got into it with her former mentor T.I. who referred to her “the tarnish” of his of his legacy during a conversation with The Root.

Juice WRLD’s Record Label Releases A Statement On His Passing

Juice WRLD suddenly and tragically passed away this morning, sending shockwaves throughout the hip-hop community. Now his record label, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, has released a statement to XXL on the rapper’s death. Juice WRLD, born Jarad A. Higgins, suffered a seizure after landing at Chicago’s Midway Airport after a flight from California. Paramedics arrived to find the rapper bleeding from his mouth. Reports claim that Juice WRLD was still conscious when he was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead soon after arrival. Now, his record label has released a statement regarding his death.

“Juice made a pround impact on the world in such a short period time,” reads the statement. “He was a gentle soul, whose creativity knew no bounds, an exceptional human being and artist who loved and cared for his fans above everything else. To lose someone so kind and so close to our hearts is devastating. Our thoughts are with Juice’s family and friends, everyone at his label Grade A, and his millions fans around the world.”

Celebrities from all over the industry responded to the passing Juice WRLD. He just turned 21 last week and was enjoying the success his second album, Death Race For Love.

Instagram Gallery: The Best Of SavageXFenty Ambassadors

Rihanna is now the world’s richest female musician and not just from music. In the past few years she’s diversified her income streams to include beauty, luxury fashion, and course, lingerie with SavagexFenty

This year’s SavagexFenty show streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime, and featured dancers, models all shapes and sizes, in addition to performers like Migos, Tierra Whack, Halsey & Normani. 

As any entertainer-entrepreneur should, RiRi stays at the forefront her brand, ten modeling new releases herself before the ficial look books or photoshoots come out. However, other influencers, celebrities and everyday women have taken notice. Outside adding three bomb ficial ambassadors; Normani, Tinashe and Dreezy, SavagexFenty is beloved for the brand’s dedication to inclusion and making women feel invincible in their lingerie.  Here’s a round-up the best SavagexFenty influencer posts. 

Body Goals

Normani knows how to motivate us all with her first ficial st, yet sultry ambassador pictures.  

Cali Girl Chill

Tinashe’s celebrating Songs for You being the #1 album on iTunes SavagexFenty Style.  

Big OG Dreez

Dreezy posing like she was born in this SavagexFenty set. 


Sister Sister

Same face, different lace. Ceraadi has mastered coordinating. 

BX Baby

Rapper Maliibu Miitch  defines cute in this Savagex look. 


Tacobella can make it punk, even in lingerie. 


Jackie Aina

A video with Naomi, a few shots in SavagexFenty, what’s next for Miss Aina?


Nazanin makes us all want to buy black silk pajamas. 


Symphani Soto

Voice gold, shorts rose gold. 


The baddest baldie since Amber Rose serves abs and curves in this red hot SavagexFenty set. 


Summer Walker Responds To Fans Booing Her: "I Do Not Sing On Couches"

When a club owner or promoter wants to bring a rapper into their establishment, they have to pay. There are different levels to that scale though, because having a rapper come host does not have the same cost as paying them to perform. Apparently, that discrepancy is what caused a toxic situation at a recent Summer Walker show. According to The Shade Room, Walker was booked to appear at the XL Nightlife in Elizabeth, New Jersey to host an event. The club was holding the ficial afterparty for one her concerts. Promoters publicized the event as a three-song performance, although Walker was only booked to host. She did that job dutifully, unaware that she was expected to perform. Attendees began to boo Walker after not receiving what they expected though. The entire development played into the ongoing internet perception that Walker has a disconnect with fans in public. 

Walker took to Twitter to respond to the disgruntled fans and explain her side the story. “Ya’ll gotta stop letting these promoters finesse ya”ll,” revealed Walker on social media. “I DO NOT, ‘I REPEAT, I DO NOT’ sing on couches. Put some respect on my name if you would like to see me perform I’ll be at Terminal 5 on the 7th & Jimmy Fallon on the 9th, that’s where you can see me perform.”

Chris Brown Impresses Himself: "Ole Head Got Moves"

Although Chris Brown has been dancing around the world for over a decade now, his moves re-emerged as a topic conversation in 2019. While it would have made sense for this discussion to have been fuelled by the choreography on his “IndiGOAT” tour, it’s primary source could be identified as 50 Cent. We all know that 50 Cent is ten looking to make the most inflammatory remarks possible on his social media accounts, so it shouldn’t have been to surprising when he declared Brown to be a better performer than Michael Jackson. While Brown receives proper credit for putting on dazzling shows, many believe that the late King Pop is incomparable. 

While Brown hasn’t publicly agreed with Fifty’s take, he did recently remind people the time MJ praised him. It seems to fair to say that Brown would concede that he is a “bright and shining star”, especially given his latest Instagram post. The “No Guidance” artist shared a video himself performing, in which his newly-dyed multicoloured head is seen bopping around. While watching this clip himself, Brown had a moment clarity and realized that, despite being 30 years old, “ole head got moves.” For that, he deserves a pat on the back and he’ll be the first one to give it. 

Summer Walker Declares "I Do Not Sing On Couches" After Being Booed At Club Appearance

Elizabeth, NJ – Summer Walker’s bookings continue to be a source of trouble for the R&B singer. After cutting her tour short last month, the Interscope Records found herself in an awkward situation when fans booed her at club appearance in New Jersey.

Fans in attendance believed they were going to get to see Walker perform at the nightclub XL Nightlife, but she asserted she was only booked for a hosting appearance.

“Aye look, y’all gotta stop letting these promoters finesse y’all,” she wrote on Instagram. “I DO NOT, ‘I REPEAT, I DO NOT’ sing on couches. Put some respect on my name if you would like to see me perform I’ll be at Terminal 5 on the 7th & 8th & Jimmy Fallon on the 9th, that’s where you can see me perform. Thank y’all for whoever came to see me at the Jersey WALK THROUGH, I appreciate it.”

In the caption, she added, “Hey reading is fundamental, there was nothing on there about no ‘performance.’”

But the promoter of the club appearance claimed Walker was booked to host and perform a few songs. He posted screenshots of their alleged contract on Instagram but later deleted them.

Walker responded by claiming the deal was fake and saying the promoter would get sued. She also shared her own screenshot of his page prior to him deleting the contract posts.

“He literally had told y’all it wasn’t a performance, I don’t understand why I have to do this stupid shit with plp,” she wrote. “I be minding my business.”

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What is going on now with #SummerWalker 😳

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The promoter argued his case by posting a video from the club appearance showing Walker — with a microphone in hand — half-heartedly singing “Girls Need Love.”

“If this is a fake deal why grab the mic and do this?” he wrote. “Keeping it 100 She got boo’d and tried to blame me that I didn’t book her for a show. We all know she wasn’t booked for a show. (As to why my date wasn’t on her tour list) If you know the business you know it’s a difference between a show and a hosting with songs.

“To people that don’t know the business educate yourself before you formulate an opinion on what’s going on. But I appreciate everyone who came out and my apologies to anyone who didn’t feel satisfied with the event, definitely not my fault but I appreciate y’all. #jersey.”

The promoter also claimed he made it clear it wasn’t a show, but Walker was contractually obligated to perform a few songs. He additionally said he took down the screenshots of the contract because her manager allegedly begged him to do so and asserted everything would be settled in court.

Check out the rest of his posts on the situation below.

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Summer Walker Rocks Dazzling Two-Piece At Her New York Show

When you sell out two back-to-back shows at New York City’s Terminal 5 venue, you’re surely going to be feeling yourself. Summer Walker’s Instagram posts on Saturday night (Dec. 7) confirmed that. Despite cutting down her tour recently to cope with her social anxiety, Walker has been giving her all at her remaining shows. Not only do fans get to sing along to one the best albums the year, but they also get to take in Walker’s beauty in-person. 

Last night, the R&B songstress appeared on stage in two-piece outfit with a multicoloured sequin pattern. For those who couldn’t score a ticket to the concert (or those who simply don’t live in NYC), Walker shared some videos that capture her dazzling look. In one, she spins around to let the light reflect f her garments. In case she got cold in the New York winter, she draped a long fur coat over the two-piece to complete her powerful aesthetic. 

One the standout moments Walker’s performances is said to be when she does a pole-dancing routine, making use her past experience as a stripper. TheShadeRoom shared a video from last night’s show in which the singer seductively spins around the pole and fans shout with excitement. If any notable highlights come out Walker’s Sunday set at Terminal 5, we’ll be sure to inform you them. 

Carmelo Anthony’s NBA Comeback Is Already One For The Ages

People love a good underdog story. At this point, it’s a tired cliché but it still bears repeating, especially when we’re talking about Carmelo Anthony. Of course, at the beginning Melo’s career, he was far from the underdog he is now. In 2003, Melo led the Syracuse Orange to an NCAA National Championship win which made him a hot commodity in that year’s NBA draft. Scouts were debating whether or not he should be the number one overall pick although that honor ended up going to his good friend LeBron James. Eventually, Anthony was drafted third overall by the Denver Nuggets and his impact was immediately felt.

While Melo was never able to lead the Nuggets to an NBA Finals, he certainly made that team relevant. His high-flying style fense made him someone you wanted to see every single night and he would consistently go toe-to-toe with the league’s best players. Kobe Bryant was easily his biggest Western Conference rival and would always give the Lakers legend a run for his money. If you were tuning into a Nuggets game, you were watching to see what kind magic Anthony would cook up that night. With that being said, there were some narratives being thrown around when it came to Carmelo as a teammate. Some pundits and executives around the league saw Melo as a ball hog who couldn’t play nice with his teammates. At the time, his talent was too great to ignore and he was allowed to keep playing his game.

Carmelo Anthony's NBA Comeback Is Already One For The Ages

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After watching his good friend LeBron link up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, Melo realized it was time to leave Denver and go to a team that could give him a chance to win. In the middle the 2010-2011 season, Melo was traded to the New York Knicks which had NBA fans everywhere, excited. The Knicks had been an abysmal team for so long and this was their chance to finally bring a superstar on board and have some success. Melo’s tenure in New York would prove to be tumultuous, to say the least. His first full season with the team saw him grappling with the idea being a superstar savior for a struggling franchise. Melo’s production that season was amongst the worst his career as he averaged 22.6 points per game. Meanwhile, the team was eliminated in the first round the playfs by the Miami Heat in just five games. This was also the season in which “Linsanity” took the world by storm. Jeremy Lin became the team’s point-getter during Melo’s absence from injury and it took much the shine away from the former Nugget. When Melo came back, Lin’s production suffered and once again, reports Melo being a bad teammate began to circulate.

In his seven seasons with the Knicks, he was only able to bring them to the playfs three times and they only managed to win one series in 2013. While it seemed like Anthony could be the Knicks savior, it just wasn’t in the cards. This is not to say he wasn’t a good player for them because, in fact, he was. With the Knicks, Melo averaged 24.7 points per game, 3.2 assists per game, and 7.0 rebounds which are all above his career averages. These stats are nearly identical to what he did in Denver and were good enough to get into seven-straight All-Star games.

For the 2017-2018 season, Melo was able to move on from the Knicks and played for the Oklahoma City Thunder although he could never find chemistry with Russell Westbrook and Paul George. This furthered the narratives against him and in the fseason, he signed with the Rockets for the 2018-19 campaign. His tenure with the Rockets lasted a measly 10 games before he was released, never to be heard from again that season, aside from a trade to the Chicago Bulls, who bought out his contract and never played him.

Carmelo Anthony's NBA Comeback Is Already One For The Ages

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All this history is important because it helps paint a picture how Melo found himself down and out the league with almost no lifeline in sight. When he was released from the Rockets, many analysts said his career was over. After years being a supposedly “difficult” teammate who held onto the ball too long, never passed, and played unacceptable defense, it seemed as though teams had seen enough and were ready to write him f as a relic who played a style basketball that was obsolete in 2019. Even with all this slander being espoused, Melo seemed determined as ever to find himself back on a team. Rumors circulated that he could end up with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers while others suggested he could be on his way to Brooklyn. Unfortunately for Melo, none these teams would return his calls and he had to continue looking elsewhere.

The 2019-20 season started without Melo on a team. After the first couple weeks, games were played and Anthony’s name continued to be mentioned. His odds at landing a contract were looking bleak until seemingly out nowhere, the Portland Trail Blazers signed Melo to a non-guaranteed contract. There were rumblings a few years ago that Melo could be an option for the Blazers which is something Damian Lillard re-iterated on an episode the Joe Budden Podcast. With some key players injured, Melo seemed like the perfect addition to a struggling team that desperately needed an fensive jolt. In the blink an eye, a career that seemed to be over was about be resurrected in the most beautiful way possible.

With his new contract in place, critics were salivating over the idea having all their doubts confirmed. It had been an entire year since Melo had last played pressional basketball and there was no guarantee that he would be good. In his first game, Melo and the Blazers lost to the struggling New Orleans Pelicans with the 35-year-old scoring just 10 points, four rebounds, and five turnovers. Melo’s first three games with the Blazers were losses but the next three after that were huge wins where Anthony demonstrated some fine form. His best performance in that stretch was a 107-103 win against the Chicago Bulls where he scored 23 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and zero turnovers. He was so dominant during the team’s three-game winning streak that he even won Western Conference Player the Week honors. 

For years, the knock against Melo was that he could put up points but it was always to the detriment his teammates. With the Blazers, this isn’t the case. Lillard and CJ McCollum continue to get their buckets as Melo helps round out the fense all while playing a respectable 31 minutes per night. Another critique Melo was that he holds onto the ball too long and slows down fenses. During his short stint with the Blazers, Melo has been happy to play catch and shoot which has worked out for not just him but the team as well.

Carmelo Anthony's NBA Comeback Is Already One For The Ages

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As for Melo’s ability to be a good teammate, he’s doing just fine in that category too. In a recent interview, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts spoke about Melo’s impact on the team and how he’s been able to adapt to his new surroundings. Based on these comments, it’s clear that the rest the team likes Melo just fine and the feeling appears to be mutual.

“Melo’s been terrific for us,” Stotts told ESPN. “He’s enjoying the experience. He’s been a breath fresh air for us that we needed. We put a kind limit/restriction on the first game or two just because we didn’t want to extend his minutes not knowing what shape he was in. But now he’s playing 32-35 minutes, he played 37 minutes the other night. And for him to be out NBA basketball for a year and be able to come in and play productive minutes for 35 minutes in an NBA game, to me, was remarkable.”

Thanks to his play on the court, the Blazers recently upgraded his contract so that now, it’s fully guaranteed. This means the Blazers like what they see and have real faith in his ability to be a difference-maker for them down the stretch. Melo has made it clear that this won’t be his final season and that he’s not interested in a farewell tour. If his season in Portland proves to be a success, he has a real chance getting another contract which could extend his career by at least a year or two. Anthony won’t be able to undo the mistakes he’s made in the past but if he can just keep up what he’s doing, he’ll be able to convince a lot people that he’s changed and that’s all that truly matters.

In just a few short weeks, Melo has gone from being a washed-up has-been to one the greatest redemption stories in the history the NBA. There’s still plenty time for things to go wrong but on the flip side, there is also plenty time for this comeback to become even sweeter.