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Carmelo Anthony's Explanation for Choosing No. 00 Proves He's Been Hanging Out With Kyrie Too Much

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 27:  Carmelo Anthony (L) and Kyrie Irving #37 of the United States laugh as they attend a practice session at the 2018 USA Basketball Men's National Team minicamp at the Mendenhall Center at UNLV on July 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
2018 USA Basketball Men's National Team Minicamp | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

From No. 15 to No. 7 to ... No. 00. Carmelo Anthony is beginning yet another new chapter of his NBA career.

He recently signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, and a few days later he revealed his new jersey number, with a lengthy explanation as to why.

Has anyone ever put this much thought into anything, really?

Melo's apparently been on some sort of spiritual journey ever since he was exiled from the NBA last year. We know he's good buddies with perhaps the most provocative thinker in the league, Kyrie Irving, so we can't help but hypothesize the Brooklyn Nets star got in Melo's head a bit here.

From Irving's flat Earth preachings to yelling "F--k Thanksgiving" at a reporter to his non-comment comment on the NBA's situation with Hong Kong, it seems this type of influence would be the only kind to elevate Melo's abstract thinking.

We can only hope this new worldly set of principles Melo has adopted translates to a more developed game instead of the iso ball we're so used to watching from him.