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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.

Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

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Simone Biles Slayed During The U.S. Gymnastics Championships And Made History Twice And Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

To say, American gymnast, Simone Biles can’t practice her athletic art form under pressure is to completely misunderstand her strength. The 22-year-old from Colombus, Ohio, has already accomplished what many can’t even fathom. This week the Olympic gold medalist made history on the competitive mat just a couple of days after she confronted the USA Gymnastics for failing to protect her, and more than 150 women, from a sexual predator. 

On August 11, Simone Biles landed perfectly after doing a triple-double at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City. 

Let us break down what that actually means because it truly is a thing of beauty. Biles successful jumped into the air and completed two flips and three full twists and stuck the landing. She tried to do this exact move on Friday but failed on the landing. This time, however, Biles landed it amazingly. She’s the first woman to have ever completed this move. 

This move is no easy fete for the 4’8 gymnast. As someone on social media noted, Biles, at the peak of her jump, is close to 10 feet off the mat, which is two feet higher than the high jump world record. Insanity!!

On Friday, she also made history by pulling off a double-double dismount off the balance beam. 

That means she did two twists and two somersaults like its no one’s business. All of these historic firsts garnered Biles a record-tying sixth all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships. So who could possibly have the same title as Biles? No one in the past several decades, that’s for sure. In the 1940s and 1950s, American gymnast Clara Schroth Lomady also received the same honor of sixth all-around. 

After her historical landing, Biles was quite pleased with her performance. 

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“That feeling when you make history…. twice,” she said on Instagram. And this is all build-up to the main event. Biles, of course, is headed to Tokyo next year for the 2020 Olympics, where’s she’s naturally going to add on to her gold medals, but no pressure. (!!!)

Her incredible routine is quite impressive when you consider that the star athlete is competing for organizers who were enablers in her own sexual abuse.

Last year, a Michigan judge sentenced Dr. Larry Nassar, a physical therapist, 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing more than a hundred gymnasts some were as young as six years old. The abuse lasted for decades, and Biles was one of his victims. 

On August 7, Biles told reporters that it was the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and other institutions that assisted Nassar in his abuse by protecting him.

“You had one job. You literally had one job, and you couldn’t protect us,” Biles said in her addressed statement to USA Gymnastics, according to CNN. ‘It’s hard coming here for an organization, having had them fail us so many times. We had one goal. We have done everything that they asked us for, even when we didn’t want to, and they couldn’t do one damn job.”

Despite Biles’ horrific abuse she endured, her moves on the mat show her incredible strength and dedication to the sport.

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The Texan native said she wasn’t sure if she’d succeed in those now-groundbreaking landings. She said, however, that she was striving for ultimate perfection, even if that meant failing the first time. Sounds like she’s a firm believer of the motto, “if at first, you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again.” 

“I feel like I compete for perfection,” she told the Olympic Channel days before her competition, “so whenever I don’t do that, it really irritates me.” 

Biles also told the network that she doesn’t even think about her titles and records until someone brings it up to her in conversation. Talk about humble. If Biles doesn’t do the bragging, her friends and fans will do it for her. 

Several fans, including celebs, touted her magical moves on Twitter.

As for the future of gymnastics in the U.S., and their beloved athletes, Li Li Leung, the president, and chief executive of USA Gymnastics, told CNN, that understand they are to blame for their part in their abuse and are doing everything they can to change the culture of silence. 

“One of our goals is for our athletes to feel comfortable in speaking up and sharing their opinions, and we are listening to what they have to say,” Leung said. “We will continue to work hard to demonstrate to Simone and all of our athletes, members, community, and fans that we are working to foster a safe, positive and encouraging environment where athlete voices are heard.” 

Now on to the Olympics!

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This Colombian Has Made History As He Becomes The First Latino To Win The Tour De France And The World Is So Proud

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This Colombian Has Made History As He Becomes The First Latino To Win The Tour De France And The World Is So Proud

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The Tour de France is the biking world’s biggest event. It’s basically cycling’s Copa Mundial, it’s huge. So the fact that a Colombian is totally owning this championship race is a major deal and Latinos around the world, but especially Colombians, are celebrating extra fuerte because this year a Colombian is set to win cycling’s biggest race. 

Egan Bernal is making history as the first Latino to win the Tour de France and we stan.

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Egan Bernal, a 22-year-old from Colombia, is set to be crowned the winner of this year’s Tour de France. Not only will be the first Latino and first Colombian to win the race but he’ll also be the youngest winner since 1909 – yes, 110 years ago.

This is amazing. 

Obviously, all of Colombia is supporting his victory over hundreds of other riders. Bernal’s victory has seemed to come pretty easy to him. He’s sailed through the competition leading most of the race segments. And since the Tour de France winner is selected based upon their overall times per race segment, Bernal is all but guaranteed to win.

“We still have to make it to Paris,” Bernal told reporters covering the Tour. “I can’t understand what’s happening. I will need a few days — it’s incredible. It’ll take a few days to realize what I have achieved,” he continued. “To be honest, I was feeling good today. I kept thinking 5km, 4km, 3km. One less, one less to go, each time.“

If there is any surprise at Bernal’s win, it is that it has taken so long for a Colombian to top the podium and he could now dominate for years to come.

But this year has scene the rise of many Colombians. This year alone, three of them – Rigoberto Uran, Nairo Quintana, and Bernal – finished within the top 10.

And yea, it’s true, Bernal isn’t only the first Colombian to win he race he’s also the first Latino.

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Mr Bernal’s journey from a humble upbringing has become a symbol in Colombia, a country that has produced many famed cyclists.

He’s shattering records – he’ll also be the youngest winner, at 22, since 1909!

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Yup, not in 110 years has someone as young as Bernal won the Tour de France. And not only that, Bernal is the third youngest winner in the race’s 116 year history.

Like many young Latinos, Bernal almost entered the world of futbol.

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But apparently, Bernal wasn’t a fan of the sport. He dropped it shortly after starting it and took up cycling instead.

Colombia is a well-known cycling country with many champions competing in tournaments around the world. However, none has ever risen to the level of success that Bernal will have achieved after winning the Tour de France.

For both young and old, emotions were running high in Bernal’s hometown of Zipaquira.

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In his hometown of Zipaquira, hundreds came to the “Plaza of Hope” to watch the final stage of the Tour in Paris, beamed across a giant screen. A graffiti mural of the champion was unveiled in the town over a week ago.

Bernal’s victory has resonated especially with Colombians from modest backgrounds, many of whom are from the same deprived, largely indigenous areas of Colombia’s Andes mountains.

Basically all the Colombians in France, and probably from Colombia too, came out to celebrate on the streets of Paris.

One Twitter user pointed out that they didn’t even think there were any Colombians left in Colombia because they all seemed to have arrived in Paris to celebrate the exact moment that Bernal crosses that finish line.

Bernal also seemed to be getting in on the celebrations.

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Can’t say we blame him. Aside from the adrenaline and pride that comes from his accomplishment, it’s also been extremely hot in France. As the Tour de France has been taking place, record temperatures have been taking place all over the country – including in Paris where the city reached its all time high temperature on Friday of 108º F.

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