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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.

Bad Bunny And Marc Anthony Will Rebuild Baseball Parks In Puerto Rico Destroyed By Hurricane María

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Bad Bunny And Marc Anthony Will Rebuild Baseball Parks In Puerto Rico Destroyed By Hurricane María

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While it’s been two years since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, the recovery efforts aren’t finishing anytime soon. Many people on the island are still trying to put their lives back together, which includes rebuilding homes, churches, and schools. What many might not know is the recovery efforts have also included revitalizing baseball fields on the island where Puerto Ricans once played. 

Among the destruction that both Hurricanes Irma and Maria left in 2017 is more than 300 small league baseball parks that were found inoperative. As a result, many community ball programs were essentially eliminated and youths on the island were essentially left in the dark without fields to play the sport.

Leading the revitalization efforts are Puerto Rico’s own two native sons: Bad Bunny and Marc Anthony. The duo, along with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a U.S. community development non-profit, has teamed up for a new program called Play Ball Again. The purpose of the initiative will be to help rebuild some of those damaged baseball fields and facilitate local programming for 17,500 youth. It is expected that in total, about 300 facilities will be impacted by this initiative. 

The duo hopes the contributions play a huge role in bringing not only baseball back to the island but a place where people can escape from their worries. 

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The initiative is special to both of them not only because they’re helping youth but they hoping these recovery efforts go a long way in bringing back a sense of community. Maestro Cares Foundation, which Anthony owns, is putting money towards the program with a goal of restoring “normalcy” in Puerto Rico.

“Sports and recreation activities help restore a sense of normalcy, in the wake of disasters,” Anthony, who is among the program’s earliest supporters, said in a press release.” Baseball isn’t just a game in this context. It helps young people do better in school and improves family life and health in difficult circumstances.”

Maestro Cares, along with the Good Bunny Foundation and UNICEF USA, will all be putting forth $300,000 of what LISC expects to be more than $1.6 million in baseball field renovations. Joining the efforts is Chicago Cubs second baseman Javi Baez with his Cubs Charities, which will donate an additional $100,000 in support. This also includes the Kohler Company, which made a donation to fund bathroom fixtures for onsite facilities.

“Two years after these devastating storms, the need to rebuild the island remains strong,” Báez, whose family is from the Bayamón area, said in a press release. “Cubs Charities understood the need and has stepped up to the plate to help restore baseball fields and give kids throughout Puerto Rico the opportunity to play the game. This rebuild will make a big difference for the community, and I am proud to continue my efforts to restore the island.”

The recovery efforts in Puerto Rico have been long and tiresome but the fuel behind the revitalization has always been the people. 

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While time may have passed, many on the island of Puerto Rico are still trying to get back on their feet. For Bad Bunny, he knows firsthand the power that activities like baseball have on youth. Growing up, baseball was part of his life and much of his time was spent at many of the ballparks that were destroyed in 2017. 

“Growing up on the island I spent a lot of time in some of these parks that are now destroyed,” says Bad Bunny, whose Good Bunny Foundation is part of the initiative. “In parks similar to these, a lot of great athletes like Roberto Clemente, Yadier Molina, Roberto Alomar, Edgar Martinez, and Ivan Rodriguez grew up. Our commitment is to rebuild these parks so that we can help new athletes grow. This is the first step for the rebirth of sports within the island.”

The rebirth of Puerto Rico is taking time but in that process, there is a sense that an even stronger community will come out of this disaster. While simple things like baseball may not seem significant, it’s a part of the fabric of Puerto Rico and displays the love that is shared playing on a field. This rebirth has already started as construction on the baseball field is underway and most field renovations are set for completion by the 2020 season.

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These Latino Athletes Have Delivered The Most Iconic Moments In Sports History

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These Latino Athletes Have Delivered The Most Iconic Moments In Sports History

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Latin American and U.S. Latino athletes have given the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world countless moments of joy, pride, and hope. Latin American sportswomen and men usually come from disadvantaged backgrounds so their stories of pride and success inspire us even more. It would be almost impossible to enumerate all the triumphs achieved by Latin American athletes, but we are listing some of the most memorable ones. Sí se puede!

When Diego Armando Maradona scored the infamous but glorious goal known as “La mano de Dios” (“The hand of God”)
June 22, 1986, Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, in a quarterfinals game against bitter rivals England

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This has got to be the single most controversial moment in World Cup history. Argentina was facing England in the quarterfinals and Maradona jumped to hit the ball with his head. But thing is, he actually hit it with his hand and the ball penetrated the net. The English were of course appalled, but this event remains one of the most memorable in the long history of joy and drama of the Argentinian national team. We got to also remember that there was some bad blood between Argentina and England at the time, a product of the Falklands War. 

When Ana Gabriela Guevara excelled in an Olympic event that was uncharted territory for Latina athletes
2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece

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Ana Gabriela Guevara, who is now a very controversial politician, gained notoriety for scoring a silver medal in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. She competed in 400m, a test that Mexican track athletes don’t generally excel. But she proved that she is one of a kind. 

When Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez pulled off a miracle and knocked out Meldrick Taylor in the last few seconds of their championship unification fight
March 17, 1990, Las Vegas, Nevada

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In a rare encounter, the world’s two best boxers met for a unification fight. Both were unbeaten and Chávez was heralded as a national hero in his native Mexico. The fight was as tough as it gets, with both boxers sustaining enormous amounts of punishment. With 17 seconds left on the clock and behind in the scorecards Julio César connected with a massive right hand. The contest was stopped with two seconds left: a boxing miracle of the highest order.

When Fernando Valenzuela became a baseball hero and an icon of Mexican-American pride and excellence
1981-1986

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Fernando “El Toro” Valenzuela became an icon of Latino sportsmanship after an excellent 1981 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was one of the first Mexicans to break into the mainstream in the United States. He inspired and continues to inspire, millions of paisanos. He was an All-Star in each season of his incredible 1981-1986 run. 

When Gabriela Sabatini demonstrated that Latinas can excel in the tennis court
US Open, 1990, Womens’ Tennis champion!

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Tennis is a perilous sport for Latin Americans because it is mostly dominated by the United States and Europe. But Sabatini showed that Latino girls can be ace too! She won the U.S. Open in 1990, defeating the German Stefi Graf. Una dama del deporte blanco en toda la extensión de la palabra.

When Colombian dynamo Nairo Quintana reached the stars on his bike
Since 2012

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Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas is perhaps the greatest Colombian cyclist of all time. That is a big claim considering the long and glorious history of the sport in Colombia. Quintana is known for his sustained attacks during steep hills: when most of his adversaries struggle, he has his best performance. He was won multiple stages of the Tour de France and the Giro di Italia. 

When Felipe “Tibio” Muñoz swam toward a gold medal and got a whole country celebrating after some pretty traumatizing events
1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City

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Prior to the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexicans had experienced a traumatizing event when the army attacked a group of students and civilians who were protesting at the Tlatelolco Square. The country was split emotionally and politically. But then came “El Tibio” and at least for a brief moment, the country was united behind a young man who swam his way to a gold medal. The memory of his accomplishment is still brought up today when thinking of the greatest sporting moments in Latin American history. 

When Ecuadorian athlete Jefferson Perez won an Olympic gold medal in the Atlanta Olympic Games
Atlanta Olympic Games, 1996

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Ecuador doesn’t have a strong Olympic team, and medals have been few and far in between. That is why Jefferson Perez is a standout in the sporting history of this proud South American nation. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Perez did the unthinkable. As Rihannon Walker writes in The Undefeated: “Ecuador’s Jefferson Pérez, Russia’s Ilya Markov and Mexico’s Bernardo Segura struggled to find separation from one another as they neared the finish of the 20-kilometer walk at the 1996 Olympics. Then Pérez began to take advantage of having the youngest legs of the trio and powered himself into the lead. As a crowd of 85,000 waited to see who would be the first to appear at Olympic Stadium, Pérez made a dramatic solo entrance and finished in 1 hour, 20 minutes and 7 seconds to become the youngest gold medalist in the 20-km event at 22. His victory also secured Ecuador’s first Olympic medal.” Just wow, a moment to remember forever. 

When Teófilo Stevenson reigned supreme in amateur boxing. Viva Cuba!
1972, 1975, and 1980 Olympic Games in Munich, Montreal, and Moscow

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In the 1970s Muhammad Ali was the greatest name in heavyweight boxing, but he was perhaps not the best. Many believe that amateur legend Teofilo Stevenson of Cuba would have beat the great Ali. But, alas, Cuban boxers were not allowed to turn professional and a fight between the two never materialized. Stevenson’s amateur career extended 20 years, from 1969 to 1986. He won a total of three gold medals, un logro extraordinario

When “Las espectaculares morenas del Caribe” Cuban female volleyball team captured the world’s imagination and won three consecutive Olympic gold medals
Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

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This group of amazing Cuban ladies totally dominated volleyball for three Olympic Games, and then won the bronze in their fourth attempt. Puro Cuba! 

When Costa Rican swimmer Claudia Poll surprised everyone and became a national icon
Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games

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This amazing woman was born in Nicaragua but later became a Costa Rican citizen. She won a gold medal in the Atlanta Games (a big year for Latino athletes!) and is considered the greatest sports figure in the history of the Central American nation. She also won two bronze medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. A true force of nature.

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