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Learn How Basketball Superstar Carmelo Anthony Got Where He Is Today In 21 Steps

Carmelo Anthony is one of basketball’s biggest stars. But do you know everything there is to know about the legendary player’s life and success? Anthony’s story starts as a young kid growing up in New York and Baltimore and leaves off where he is today – an international superstar, both on and off the court. Learn about where he came from and how he got to where he is today with these 21 things you’ve just got to know about Carmelo Anthony.

1. Humble Beginnings

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Carmelo Anthony was born on May 29, 1984 at the Red Hook Project in Brooklyn, New York to a Puerto Rican father and a black mother. Anthony’s middle name is Kyam, after his father, who passed away after a battle with cancer when he was only 2 years old. He has two brothers, Robert and Wilford, a half-sister, Daphne, and a sister, Michelle, who passed away in 2010.

2. A Basketball Upbringing

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Anthony was raised in the Red Hook Project as a small child. When he was eight years old, his family moved to a tough neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, where he honed his athletic skills as a diversion from the drugs and violence in the area.

3. Basketball’s Young Star

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In high school, Anthony was already proving himself as a basketball star. He started his high school basketball career at Towson Catholic High School where he soon earned himself the title of the Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year and the Baltimore Sun’s metro player of the year in 2001. Anthony wasn’t exactly a star pupil, though – he often skipped school, which led to his suspension on multiple occasions.

4. Too Small For The Pros

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Despite all of his early high school success, pro scouts weren’t taking any notice. Many professional scouts thought the young Anthony was too skinny and not quite ready for the physical nature of the game at the NBA level. After his junior year of high school, however, Division I college coaches were lined up and ready to recruit him to their schools.

5. A Collegiate Future

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Unlike the high school-to-pro players that came before him, Anthony decided to declare his intent to play at Syracuse University before his senior year of high school began. Unfortunately, as his grades dropped below a C-average, his future of college basketball looked bleak. Anthony decided to transfer to Oak Hill Academy for his senior year, where he wowed NBA scouts with his performance at numerous big-name tournaments.

6. Senior Success

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As a senior, he led the AAU Baltimore Select team to the Adidas Big Time Tournament’s Final Four. During the tournament, he averaged 25.2 points per game and attracted significant attention from the NBA.

7. Famous Friendships

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At the USA Basketball Youth Development Festival later that same year, he helped the East Team win a silver medal. At the same time, he tied LeBron James for the tournament’ scoring leader position at a strong 24 points per game and 66% shooting percentage from the field. It was at this tournament that James and Anthony began what would turn into a lifelong friendship.

8. High School Success

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Anthony’s high school success didn’t end there, however – Oak Hill Academy went on to win two more big-name tournaments, including the Nike Academy, where Anthony faced off against James’ St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in a much-anticipated match-up. Oak Hill won the game 72-66, but James outscored Anthony by 2 points.

9. The Future New York Knicks

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At the 2002 McDonald’s All-American Game, Anthony made even more life-long friendships. It was there, among the crowds and the pro scouts that Anthony first played with Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire – two of his future New York Knicks teammates.

10. An American All-Star

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Anthony’s fantastic performances at these high school All-Star Games brought him significant attention from the NBA and even brought him the honor of being HoopScoop’s number one ranked high school senior of 2002. College Basketball News ranked him at number two in the nation and All-Star Sports gave him a respectable number three rating.

11. Classroom Struggles

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Despite all of his success on the court, Anthony continued to struggle in the classroom. By the time the spring of 2002 rolled around, Anthony had yet to produce the ACT score of 18 necessary for him to enroll at Syracuse University. This caused rumours about whether or not Anthony would ditch his college plans and head straight for the pros.

12. College-bound!

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In April of 2002, however, Anthony managed a 19 on his ACT and decided to stick with his plans to head to college in the fall. He was officially Syracuse-bound.

13. The College Year

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Despite all of this build-toward college, Anthony only played one season with the Syracuse Orange. During the 2002-2003 season, he averaged 22.2 points (16th in the NCAA and 4th in the Big East) and 10 rebounds per game (19th in the NCAA and 3rd in the Big East but 1st among freshman).

14. NCAA Success

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In just one year of college, however, Anthony helped the Syracuse Orange to their first-ever NCAA tournament title. Anthony led the way in nearly every aspect as a team leader in scoring, rebounds, minutes played (an astonishing 36.4 minutes per game, field goals made, free throws made, and free throw attempts.

15. The Final Four

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Even though he was just a freshman, during his first (and only) Final Four Appearance, Anthony wowed the world with a 33-point bonanza against the University of Texas – a tournament record for freshman. In the championship game against the University of Kansas, he fought for another 20 points and 10 rebounds, earning himself the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award.

16. To the Draft!

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Although he originally intended to stay in Syracuse for two seasons, his all-star success caused him to abandon his college, career and declare his eligibility for the 2003 draft. He was chosen in the first round, third overall by the Denver Nuggets, out of a draft pool that also included veritable NBA powerhouses LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade.

17. The Denver Years

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While in Denver, Anthony led the Nuggets to the NBA playoffs every season from 2004 to 2010. Despite leading the Nuggets to two division titles and their first Conference Finals since in 1985, he was traded to the New York Knicks in 2011, just days before the trade deadline.

18. In the Big Apple

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After being traded to New York, Anthony continued to impress. He achieved a career-high score of 62 points in one game on January 24, 2014 against the Charlotte Bobcats.

19. Success On A Global Stage

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Anthony has played for the USA Olympic Basketball Team four times, winning bronze in 2004, and gold medals at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summe Olympics. In addition to his medals, Anthony is the national team’s all-time leader in scoring, rebounds, and games played.

20. The Infamous Brawl

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Despite his success as a leading scorer and rebounder, Anthony has had his fair share of suspensions from the NBA, most notably, as a result of the infamous Knicks-Nuggets brawl at MSG, which earned him a solid 15 game suspension.

21. Family Life

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It’s not all about basketball for Anthony, however. He married his fiance Alani “La La” Vazquez on July 10, 2010 at Ciprini’s in New York City before 320 guests. Their son, Kiyan Carmelo Anthony, was born in March 2007.

The General Manager Of A Pro Softball Team Used Players To Promote Trump’s Anti-Black Lives Matter Message So The Entire Team Walked

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The General Manager Of A Pro Softball Team Used Players To Promote Trump’s Anti-Black Lives Matter Message So The Entire Team Walked

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This week, the pro women’s softball league held its first game in Melbourne, Florida. Soon after the game finished, every member of the Texas-based team called the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, quit. The reason? The team’s general manager Connie May tweeted a picture of the players standing during the national anthem and tagged Donald Trump.

The women players decided that they’d had it.

In a post shared with Donald Trump on Twitter, May indicated that the members of his softball team are opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement.

According to the New York Times, the team received numerous texts and notifications of the post once they’d finished their game and returned to their locker room. The image was posted without their knowledge or consent and clearly used by May to promote a political message. The woman say that their standing for the flag has nothing to do with their political views.

Speaking about the incident, The Undefeated reports that “When May was brought into the locker room following the game, players expected an explanation.” May instead attempted to justify her post and at some point said “All Lives Matter.” Having heard enough one of the team’s members Kiki Stokes walked out. Soon after the rest of the team (which has only two Black members) followed. Kelsey Stewart, one of the Black players, was not at the game as wrote her teammates with a screenshot of the tweet saying “I am not going to ever be a part of this organization whatsoever.”

Fortunately, the softball team backed Stewart and Stokes.

“Moments later, her teammates took off their jerseys and followed her,” The Undefeated reports. “Every player in the locker room was done after that moment. They would no longer play for May or the Scrap Yard organization.”

Speaking to the New York Times, Cat Osterman a member the team said “The more we talked about it, the angrier I got, and I finally just said, ‘I’m done, I’m not going to wear this jersey. We were used as pawns in a political post, and that’s not OK.”

In a show of solidarity, USSSA Pride (who played against Scrap Yard Dawgs in Monday’s game) suspended the rest of their planned games.

The two teams were on each other’s schedules which means USSSA is likely refusing to win by default.

No doubt it’s pretty powerful these women decided to quit their jobs to stand with Black Lives Matter and their Black teammates. Speaking about the incident Natasha Watley, the first Black player to play with USA Softball at the Olympics called the move “powerful.” “Not one of them stood back and said this doesn’t really affect me, I’d rather play,” she said adding “We’re already getting paid pennies and now we’re going to get paid nothing to stand up for this. That’s how much it matters.”

Vanessa Bryant Opened Up About The Heartbreaking Reason She Blocked Fan Accounts Paying Tribute To Kobe And Gigi

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Vanessa Bryant Opened Up About The Heartbreaking Reason She Blocked Fan Accounts Paying Tribute To Kobe And Gigi

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There’s no doubt that in the wake of her husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi’s deaths, Vanessa Bryant and her family have received quite the outpour of support from fans. Look up just about any hashtag with their names and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of images of the two deceased Bryant family members and just about as many fan accounts. The images and tributes have meant to be a eulogy to the two basketball players that lost their lives too soon.

Yet, recently Vanessa Bryant revealed that the ongoing support hasn’t always been so positive for her.

On Sunday, Vanessa Bryant opened up about having to take action and remove herself from all the social media love she and her family have received in the five months since her husband and daughter’s deaths.

In a post to her Instagram page, the mother of four, sent a note to fans to let them know that she and her 17-year-old daughter, Natalia, had decided to block fan pages in an effort to keep away from the constant pictures of Kobe and Gianna popping up on their “Explore” pages. In her post, Bryant underlined that she was only blocking the accounts to make sure she was continuing to heal and that it was not being done out of malice.

“Thx so much for all the [love]. @nataliabryant and I have unfortunately had to block fan pages because it’s been really hard to go online and constantly see pics of our beloved Gigi and Kobe under every single square of our explore pages. Blocking the fan pages has helped change the algorithm,” Bryant wrote in a post to her Stories on Instagram.

Vanessa continued to explain that “We [love] you all but please understand that we had to do this for our own healing not because we don’t appreciate your [love].”

Bryant’s Instagram page was made to be private soon after her husband’s death likely for similar reasons.

In a separate Instagram story to her own account Vanessa’s daughter Natalia shared, “We hope that people understand although these fan pages have good intentions, they make moving forward harder since they are constant reminders. Blocking the accounts have helped change the algorithm but we can not go public until the fan pages stop. We love all of your sweet intentions and we hope you understand.” 

Understandably, Bryant and her daughter are sheltering themselves from further hurt during this time.

Here’s hoping their fans continue to support them through this decision and understand their motives. Fortunately, while Bryant and her daughter Natalia have made their accounts private, they are still making their content available through other pages. Recently, Bryant revealed that she had decided to pay tribute to her late husband and daughter Gigi by commemorating their lives with tattoos.

Last week, Bryant took to Instagram to reveal she’d made the decision to honor her husband and daughter with two new tattoos.

Both images were shared with the public via Nikko Hurtado, the artist behind Vanessa’s ink work.

“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me,” she wrote in a caption to her Instagram page featuring a video of her new tattoo honoring her daughter. The details of the tattoo aren’t totally visible but in the comments, Bryant revealed that the tattoo features her late daughter’s handwriting. “So happy I can see my Gigi’s handwriting everyday ❤️ #mambacita,” she replied.

Bryant also shared a video of herself receiving another tattoo, this time for Kobe.

In a post to her Instagram page, Bryant shared another video of herself. This time the video revealed that she was actively receiving a shoulder tattoo that is meant to honor her husband.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me,” Bryant explained in the caption of the photo.

For fans of the Bryants it’s important to note that while Vanessa and Natalia aren’t looking at fan accounts, the art is still available for you to view if it makes you feel better during this time.

Additionally, fans who want to keep up with Vanessa and Natalia and see how they continue to heal can follow friend accounts or stay in touch with us for updates!