Carmelo Kyam Anthony
Born: May 24, 1984, Brooklyn, New York
Occupation: Basketball Player
Marital Status: Married to Alani “La La” Anthony (formerly Vazquez)
Children: Kiyan Carmelo Anthony
Education: Oak Hill Academy, Syracuse University (Left Early to Enter NBA Draft)
“At the end of the day, you want to be always the one that’s one step ahead of everybody, and when it comes to hip-hop, culture and art, you want to be that signature guy.”
Carmelo Anthony is one of the elite players in the NBA today. Once known only as an offensive threat, Anthony has refined his skills to become a player that’s been discussed as a potential MVP in today’s league. The Brooklyn native is the current star of the New York Knicks, after being obtained in a trade from the Denver Nuggets. Carmelo began his journey to NBA stardom from Brooklyn.
Carmelo Anthony Carmelo began his journey to NBA stardom from the Red Hood Projects of Brooklyn, New York. When he was two, his father, Carmelo Iriarte, died of liver failure. That left the care of his siblings and himself to his mother who supported the family as a housekeeper.
While Anthony began playing basketball at a young age, it wasn’t until he was cut from his high school team as a freshman that he started to enhance and strengthen his game. By his sophomore season, Anthony had grown five additional inches and revealed a level of talent that made him a local star.
Naturally, college coaches around the country took notice, and by his junior year, Anthony had committed to playing for Syracuse University. But in order to meet the school’s academic requirements, Anthony transferred to Oak Hill Academy, a Virginia private boarding school with a strict disciplinary culture that had fostered past National Basketball Association players.
At Syracuse, Anthony quickly became a star. As the Orangemen’s top player, he led the club to its first national championship, in the spring of 2003, with an 81-78 upset win over the favored University of Kansas. In the game, Anthony led all scorers with 20 points, while also collecting 10 rebounds. He won NCAA Basketball Tournament’s award for Most Outstanding Player. Here are some highlights from that game:
2003 NCAA Basketball Championship Game
Later that spring, Anthony decided to forgo his last three years at Syracuse and entered the 2003 NBA draft. Carmelo Anthony was selected third overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2003 NBA Draft. During his 2003-04 rookie season, Anthony was named to the All-Rookie team, averaging 21 points and six rebounds per game.
While the Nuggets enjoyed a fair level of success with Anthony as the franchise’s leading player, the club never became a perennial contender; only making it past the first round of the playoffs once. In the middle of the 2011 season, Denver shipped Anthony to the New York Knicks in a three-team trade.
Anthony helped rejuvenate a franchise that hadn’t been in the playoffs for years. Due in large part to Anthony, the Knicks won the division title for the first time in 19 years and were the second seed in the 2013 NBA Playoffs. They are currently facing the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Hopefully they can make it to the next round.
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