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Carmelo Anthony finally explains infamous rebounding F-bombs

Portland Trail Blazers, Carmelo Anthony

Portland Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony has always been a man of swagger and pizazz. Whether it is his patented jab step off the triple threat, his three fingers to the dome after a made 3-pointer, or his infamous F-bombs after pulling down a defensive rebound.

An explanation for the latter has been warranted for a long time coming, and the Blazers wing finally revealed why he’s so fond of his patented “f*** outta here” chant right as he ensnares a ball away from the glass.

Melo hasn’t always done this, but he’s been doing this more notably for the past three years since he parted with the New York Knicks, bringing some F-bomb sauce to his rebounding prowess:

“For a long time, those guys who rebounded at a high level did it with a style, or some type of fashion, where they were loud with it, and they were commanding with it,” Anthony told Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight. “So that’s what I’m doing, just trying to bring some fun to it, and just letting people know that I have it.”

Carmelo Anthony won’t be leading the league in rebounding at any point in his career, but he’s been sound on the glass for a small forward throughout his 17 years in the league. In fact, he’s only dipped below five rebounds per game once in his career, during his third year in the league (4.9 per game).

He’s averaged two or more offensive rebounds per game five times in his career and holds averages of 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 offensive boards per game. Anthony might not be the perennial 20-point scorer he was during his first 14 years in the league, but he’s sure fun to watch once he attacks the glass and lets his team know he’s got the ball right where he wants it.