Carmelo Anthony

The famous Hispanic/black Influencials

Carmelo before fame........

Carmelo Anthony, born in Brooklyn, New York, was born in the project of Red Hook Puerto Rican father and an African American mother. His father, after whom he is named, died of cancer when Anthony was two years old. When Anthony turned eight, his family moved to Baltimore, where he honed not only his athletic skills, but his survival skills. Being in such a dangerous place. Carmelo would grow 5 inches his sophomore year making him 6'5 and one of the top players. After Melo's junior year coaches where lined up to recruit him. But while he was exceeding in basketball he was failing in education, Melo knew he would have to get his grades up. Once he got to college he continued to excel in not only basketball but his grades.

Carmelo after fame

Beginning years.

Anthony's NBA career began on June 26, 2003, when he was chosen in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft draft by the Denver Nuggets.Anthony was a major part in the turn around of the Denver Nuggets from league laughingstock to playoff contender.In Anthony's second season, he averaged 20.8 points per game, ranking him 19th in the NBA. Anthony placed 16th in the NBA for points per 48 minutes. On December 4, 2004, versus the Miami Heat, Anthony became the third-youngest player in NBA history to reach 2,000 career points.

Giving back to the Hispanic community

When Anthony discovered Hispanic Business magazine named him one of the 100 most influential Hispanicsin the United States in 2008, he was clearly a bit surprised. No, not surprised because he was on the list, but because he was, well…considered Hispanic. To Melo’s credit — and being the perpetually positive thinkerthat he is — he deftly picked up a save. From the Rocky Mountain News:

“I want to be No. 1,” Anthony said after learning he was on the list. “That’s my goal. I’ve got to see who’s on the list and see what I can do to top (them).”

Melo’s father was Puerto Rican, but Anthony never lived outside of the United States (specially: Brooklyn, Baltimore, Mouth of Wilson (Virg.) and Denver). He barely knew his father who died of cancer when Carmelo was two-years-old. Surely, Melo doesn’t forget his Latin blood, but it’s safe to say the honor was one of Anthony’s bigger offseason surprises.

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