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A lot has been made about 17-year NBA vet Carmelo Anthony’s current physique.

And rightfully so.

‘Skinny Melo’ was trending following a few photos that were circulating on social media after Portland’s first practice last Saturday.  

“The pictures are obvious that you’ve seen of him on Instagram or on social media. It’s obvious that his body has changed a little bit,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said  after the team’s practice Thursday.    

When the topic of Melo looking a bit more slender came up during CJ McCollum’s Zoom interview Thursday, he had a big smile on his face when gearing up to answer the question of whether or not he had noticed the change about the future Hall of Famer.

He’s tightened up his diet. He’s experimented with some  different diets throughout the quarantine and I think the biggest thing is his body mass. I told him it looks like he lost weight, but he hasn’t lost that many pounds, it’s more so turning some of the fat into muscle and leaning out, but he’s always around the same weight, he just carries it different. So when he has those tights on and the muscle shirt, he looks thinner, but he’s moving well, he’s in good shape, he’s ready to go. — Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum on Carmelo Anthony

Now with Melo sliding over to play the three for the Blazers instead of the four like he…

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