“Everyone was calling him Fabio, Fabian and finally I just said, ‘You know what, I see Brazilian soccer players go by one name,’ ” Ross said. ” ‘We gotta find a shorter name for you, like Yao or something. How about Fab Melo?’ “
The young man looked at Ross and smiled.
“OK, Fab Melo,” he said.
“Now he’s Fab Melo,” Ross concurred.