||• New York Knicks
||• Born: 5/29/84
- During Carmelo’s
freshman year at Syracuse, fans hoping to convince him to remain at
school wore t-shirts that read, “Real Men Stay for Two Years.”
- Carmelo was the
first McDonald’s All-American to play for Syracuse since John
Wallace in 1992.
- Carmelo was named
Big East rookie of the week 10 times in the 2002-03 season, surpassing
the mark set by Georgetown’s Allen Iverson.
- Carmelo's 33-point
outburst against Texas in the Final Four set an NCAA tournament record
for most points by a freshman. He also broke the Syracuse freshman mark
for single-game scoring, previously held by Lawrence Moten (32 points
in 1992 against Pittsburgh).
- In 2005–06, Carmelo became the second-youngest player in NBA history to reach 5,000 points.
- Carmelo’s two runs of six straight 30-point games in 2006–07 tied the team record set by Alex English.
- Carmelo got his first triple-double in a 2007 game against the Phoenix Suns.
- Carmelo torched the Washington Wizards for 49 points in a 2008 game, hitting 19 of 25 shots from the floor. It was one of the highest shooting percentages ever for a player taking 25 or more shots in a game.
- In a 2008 game against the Minnesota T-Wolves, Carmelo scored 33 points in the third quarter. This tied George Gervin for the most points ever in a quarter.
- in 2009-10, Carmelo became the first Nugget since Michael Adams in 1991 to have back-to-back 40-point games.
- When Carmelo and Chauncey Billups scored 50 points and 32 points against the New York Knicks in a 2009–10 game, they became just the third duo in NBA history to reach those levels in the same contest.
- Carmelo brought down a career-best 18 rebounds in a 2009-10 game against the New Orleans Hornets.
- Carmelo chose number 7 with the Knicks. Number 15 had already been retired by the team. Earl Monroe and Dick McGuire had both worn that number.
- Carmelo was voted to the East All-Star team in his first two full seasons with the Knicks.
- Carmelo was the Knicks’ second NBA scoring champion. The first was Bernard King (1984–85) .
- Carmelo was named to the All-NBA Second Team for 2009-10.
- One of Carmelo’s
best friends is LeBron James. The two met in 2001 at a USA Basketball
festival in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Carmelo, James, and David Robinson are the only players to suit up for Team USA in three straight Olympics.
- When Carmelo traveled
to the island of Margarita in Venezuela with Team USA to the Junior
World Championship Qualifying Tournament in the summer of 2002, he didn’t
develop a taste for South American cuisine. Neither did his teammates.
They were relieved when they found a McDonald’s in a neighboring
list of favorite things includes the movie Scarface, University
of Texas football and his BMW luxury sedan. He also has a Shar-pei named
- Carmelo signed
a groundbreaking e-commerce deal with Beckett.com, which allows him to sell
his memorabilia directly to consumers via Beckett.com and www.carmeloanthony.net.
Currently, his trading cards sell for as much as $500.
- Carmelo is a member
of Team Jordan, a select group of athletes chosen to represent a division
of Nike known as Jordan. Others on the roster include Derek Jeter, Roy
Jones Jr., Randy Moss, Michael Finley and Warren Sapp.
- Carmelo is big
fan of mob movies. Among his favorites are The Godfather, Goodfellas, Casino and Scarface.
- Carmelo's home
in Denver includes a 10-seat theater and a batting cage.
- Carmelo and girlfriend La La Vasquez had a son, Kiyan, in 2007. They were married in New York City in July of 2010.
- In 2007, Carmelo donated $3 million to his alma mater to build a basketball practice facility. Syracuse named it the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.
- In 2008, Carmelo launched the Melo5, a basketball shoe made by Jordan Brand.
- Carmelo appeared on the HBO series "Nurse Jackie" as a baseball player going through rehab.
Allen Iverson, 2003
Alex English, 1989 Fleer