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Carmelo Anthony: I was fasting to ‘get clarity in my life’

Carmelo-Anthony-KnicksOne would think that proper nourishment would be crucial for any professional athlete, given the number of calories they burn on a given night. However, Carmelo Anthony spends a short stretch each season looking to gain “clarity” in his life, as he calls it. That clarity comes in the form of fasting.

“Physically, I’ve been fasting a little bit,” Anthony told the NY Post after the New York Knicks’ 100-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday. “I haven’t been eating, but I’m done with it. I’m back eating. I usually do it to get clarity in my life. I’m done now. I can’t do it no more.”

Eating is probably a good thing when you spend 40-plus minutes a night running up and down a basketball court. Aside from the game he missed against the Indiana Pacers last week, Anthony’s play hasn’t seemed to suffer all that much during the fast. He has scored at least 20 points in every contest he’s played in during the month of January, and even topped 38 points three times. Although there was the whole Cheerios incident with Kevin Garnett, so perhaps a lacking diet can help explain Anthony’s lack of patience.

The points have been there, but the shooting has not. Anthony has shot only 34% from the field over his last three games, and he hinted that his inaccuracy could have to do with his energy level.

“It’s a long story, man,” Anthony explained. “I haven’t had a good meal in about two and half weeks. No meats No carbs. So competing at a high level, the body feels depleted. Im going to get some food tonight. I’m going to get the biggest steak I can find.”

If a malnourished Anthony can maintain his scoring average of around 30 points per game, Knicks fans can only hope a proper meal makes their star forward even better. After all, look what eating pizza did for Kobe Bryant’s game.

Chest bump to Deadspin

Carmelo Anthony and wife La La reportedly having marital problems

carmelo lala anthonyCarmelo Anthony and his wife, La La, reportedly are having marital problems, which may explain why the New York Knicks forward lost it after hearing some trash talk from Kevin Garnett.

Melo and Garnett got into it during the Knicks-Boston Celtics game on Monday night. They exchanged trash talk, received technical fouls, and then Melo went after KG twice after the game. The two reportedly have talked since then to smooth things out.

Though Melo would not elaborate on what about Garnett’s trash talk upset him, he did say Tuesday, “it’s something you just don’t say to men, another man.”

We may have a better idea of what really went down.

On Tuesday, our friend Rob Littal at Black Sports Online reported that Garnett told Anthony that his wife tasted like Honey Nut Cheerios. The line of trash talk was as odd and funny as it was inappropriate. But, according to the New York Daily News, the line may have been a jab at Melo rooted in the couple’s alleged marital problems.

According to the Daily News, Melo and La La are estranged and have been living apart for at least two months. La La used to attend nearly all of the team’s home games last season and even many of the road games. They say she had a long absence from Madison Square Garden before attending Monday’s game. They add that La La celebrated the New Year in South Florida without Melo, and that she has tweeted about him less frequently than she did last year.

Garnett has a reputation for being one of the dirtiest trash talkers in the league. He has proven that he will say anything to get in an opponent’s head, regardless of how indecent it may be. A few seasons ago, he called Charlie Villanueva, who has alopecia, a cancer patient. He also taunted Tim Duncan on Mother’s Day knowing that Duncan’s mother had died when he was a teenager. Garnett implying he had been with La La while she and Melo were separated sounds like something he would do, and it certainly would explain why Melo lost it.

We’ve already shared video of Carmelo waiting for KG by the Celtics’ bus. Below is video of their altercation by the locker rooms after the game:

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Carmelo Anthony waited for Kevin Garnett by Celtics’ bus (Video)

Carmelo Anthony was seen waiting for Kevin Garnett by the Celtics’ team bus after the New York Knicks lost to Boston 102-96 on Monday night. That reportedly was the second time after the game that Melo tried confronting Garnett.

Melo and KG got into it during the game and received double-technicals for jawing at each other during the fourth quarter. The two were extremely physical as they were fighting for position with about nine minutes left:

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Carmelo Anthony wore a ridiculous military outfit (Picture)

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Carmelo Anthony went a little overboard with his latest foray into the fashion world.

Following the Knicks’ 110-106 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Melo wore the military-style hat, jacket, and shirt seen above. He generally looked like a funky version of M. Bison, or the next villain in a James Bond movie.

Melo was ejected from the game after drawing his second technical foul for swatting at Joakim Noah. Nothing says “I’m a tough guy” quite like sporting that outfit.

Hey, at least this was better than his purple Joker outfit from 2009.

Here’s video of Melo after the game:

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Kobe Bryant rips media for criticizing Carmelo Anthony

Kobe-Bryant-Carmelo-AnthonyKobe Bryant has a message for all those who enjoy criticizing Carmelo Anthony: enough is enough. When Jeremy Lin led the New York Knicks on an improbable winning streak last season while Anthony was out with an injury, the media had a field day bashing Carmelo. Many writers, analysts and fans were quick to accuse him of being the problem. Kobe says he’s the solution.

“I think last year was very tough for him because he was criticized a lot for shooting and for playing the way he likes to play,” Bryant told reporters after the Knicks beat the Lakers on Thursday, via the NY Daily News. “Then the whole Linsanity thing and everybody said, ‘Well, they’re better without Melo’ and all this nonsense. You guys are all guilty of it. … And as a result, he got a little gun-shy and a little self-conscious about things.”

This season, Carmelo has been the best player on one of the best team in the Eastern Conference. He is averaging 27.9 points per game after dropping 30 on L.A. on Thursday night and is very much in the early-season MVP discussion. During the London Olympics, Kobe said he asked Anthony why he is letting what people say about him affect his game.

“I asked him, ‘What the hell are you doing? You have to do what you do best.’” Bryant said. “Now, the organization has put pieces around him that have allowed him to be Melo. And now you guys are all celebrating him for things he’s always done. It’s funny. God bless you guys.”

Meanwhile, the Knicks’ convincing win over the Lakers improved their record to 17-5 while L.A. proved once again that defense is a major concern, dropping its record to 9-14. Kobe said on Wednesday that ‘Melo is the most difficult player for him to cover in the NBA, and that was evident right from the start on Thursdsay. At the moment, these are two teams that are headed in entirely separate directions.

Kobe Bryant: Carmelo Anthony is the hardest player to defend in the NBA

Kobe-Bryant-Carmelo-AnthonyThroughout his 16-year career, Kobe Bryant has often drawn the assignment of defending an opposing team’s best player. He has had some epic battles with great players like Paul Pierce and LeBron James, but Kobe says one stands above the rest as the most difficult to cover. That man is Carmelo Anthony.

During an interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith on Wednesday, Kobe was asked if Anthony is more difficult to play against than LeBron.

“For me, yeah,” he responded. “Melo does it all and he’s as strong as a bull. For me, I weigh (180 pounds) soaking wet. Going up against that bull, man, it’s fun but it’s extremely challenging.”

LeBron has about 20 pounds on Carmelo and appears equally quick on the court, so you would think he’d be even more of a bull. One important thing to note is that the Los Angeles Lakers are playing the New York Knicks on Thursday night, so Bryant could simply be talking up his next opponent.

Having said that, Anthony is a more consistent outside shooter than LeBron who can also take it to the rim. I’m not saying Carmelo is a better player overall, but his jump shot could make him more difficult to cover than LeBron in a way. Anthony’s weakness has always been defense, while LeBron is considered great on both sides of the ball. Unless James is in a serious rhythm, a lot of defenders don’t mind allowing him to shoot from 20 feet and beyond. The same can’t be said of Anthony.

George Karl: Carmelo Anthony is going to win a championship someday

George Karl has not had many good things to say about Carmelo Anthony since the Denver Nuggets traded him to the New York Knicks two seasons ago. Many have painted Carmelo as a selfish player who is unwilling to buy into the team mentality, and Karl has done nothing to change that perception. However, the Nuggets coach recently praised Anthony for changing his game.

“I’ve said I feel that Carmelo is going to win a championship someday,” Karl told the New York Times. “He’s going to figure out that the numbers and the stats sheets aren’t important. It’s the scoreboard and the intangibles that make winners champions.”

Of course, Karl’s latest comments come on the heels of a 15-5 start from the Knicks that has them looking like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. New York has not lost a game at home and — perhaps most surprisingly — has played tremendous defense throughout the first 15 games of the season. As for the talk about ‘Melo being selfish, Karl says he would say that about any player he coached during their early years.

“I can say that about everybody I’ve coached, except Chauncey Billups or Nate McMillan, in my career,” Karl said. “I can say that about Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp and a lot of great young guys.”

Last season, Karl said he wanted to beat the Knicks badly and that he got sick of all the Anthony talk when he coached him. He obviously changed his tune a bit prior to his team’s loss to New York on Sunday night. Personally, I feel that Karl’s past criticism of ‘Melo has been warranted. If he can learn to share the ball more and be a consistent defender, the Knicks will be a dangerous team for the long haul.