I understand people wanting to claim NYC, it’s a cool place to be from. Melo and Jordan are really reaching with this “Playing for the City That Made Me” foolishness, though. Melo can’t be in a documentary talking about how tough the competition was growing up in NYC…when he left the city when he was 8 years old to go down to Baltimore.
Melo’s brother says:
“I started seeing my brother bang bodies…took basketball and made it a contact sport. I started seeing my brother enjoying contact.”
Was the little league really that competitive back then? Was six-year-old Bobby jumping from the free throw line? Was little seven-year-old Melo really bodying dudes in the post?
“…To sit with them [people I’ve grown up with] and have stories and talk about all those memories; I sit back and think ‘Why am I the one that really made it out?'”
LOL. Someone tap him and let him know he made it out of Red Hook 20 years ago. The memories of what? The first grade? Missing the school bus?
Melo should be telling the story of his rise from the city that really made him, Baltimore. Yes, it’s more glamorous to tell people he’s from NYC, but as a fan I’m more interested in knowing what it was like for him playing as a real competitor- middle school and up. I’ve seen ‘The Wire’- I want to know how he stayed focused and was able to make it out of THAT. Maybe they can reference his transition as being a kid who moved from NYC to play in Baltimore but that’s really where it stops.
All of the parties involved in this need to chill, lol. Especially brand Jordan. This is a reach.