James Harden wasted very little time trolling new teammate Carmelo Anthony on Instagram after the former Oklahoma City Thunder star appeared in a team photo wearing a hoodie.
Ordinarily, Anthony wearing a hoodie would have probably gone unnoticed as hoodies are regular items of clothing and, well, Melo loves them. However, the team photo in question was shot at the beach, which makes it a pretty weird look for the new Houston Rockets acquisition.
Anthony joined the side last month, signing a one-year deal after a disappointing spell with the Thunder, and he will hope to compete for an NBA championship alongside MVP Harden and Chris Paul. His dress, sense, however, could continue coming under fire from the heavily bearded guard if he keeps stuff like this up.
"I know they call you hoodie Melo but damn!" Harden captioned an Instagram snap that singled Carmelo out, with Paul also looking on presumably displeased with Anthony's getup.
Everyone in the previous photo was dressed for a day out at the beach, yet the forward just had to be different. In his defense, though, he was also sporting an off-season paunch and the red hoodie was probably the only thing that could have hid it - although it didn't really do that great of a job
Harden, meanwhile, had previously vowed that the Rockets will bring the best out of their new star.
Anthony was the victim of major criticism after he simply disappeared in this year's NBA Playoffs and many seem to be of the view that he's past it. But the superstar guard reckons his new colleague still has a lot left in the tank.
"Everybody in the world knows what Carmelo brings, how gifted and talented he is," the reigning league MVP said in July. "He still has a lot more to go. If he comes to the Rockets, we will bring the best out of him, and I am sure he will bring the best out of us as well.
We all know how easy he can score the basketball. We have had conversations with him. That’s the most important thing - bringing in Melo - to be part of a championship team, you have to have conversations. As long as you communicate good things can happen."