Knicks' star Carmelo Anthony is on fire! The Puerto Rican forward is leading the team in its winning streak and his NBA jersey sales just hit No. 1, beating sales for MVP LeBron James.
But there’s more to the NBA superstar than his on-court accomplishments. Check out these 5 things you didn’t know about the All-Star.
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1. He listens to Willie Colon every day.
“I play Willie Colon almost every day in my house. Actually, my aunt loves Willie Colon. That’s all I would hear when I stayed at my aunt’s place. I would wake up to it, go to sleep to it—every day, all day. I would be like, ‘Turn it off! Turn it off!’ But now you come to my house, and you’ll hear some Colon playing loud.”
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2. He loves strong women.
When Anthony was 2, his father died of cancer, leaving his mother, Mary, a housekeeper, to raise 4 children on her own. “My mother is a strong-willed person,” says Anthony. “She’s always preached education to me.”
This upbringing certainly prepared him for his almost 10 year marriage to the confidant reality star La La Anthony. “I love an independent woman, she loves being independent, and I think that’s what makes it work.”
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3. He gives back to the community.
He started Courts 4 Kids in Baltimore in 2006 and then has restored basketball courts in his late father’s homeland of Puerto Rico through his charity, the Carmelo Anthony Foundation. “[When I was a kid], basketball gave me hope. It gave me a way out. So it’s a no-brainer to be able to give them that.”
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4. He’s making a documentary film about his late father.
Anthony spent years uncovering his father’s involvement with the Young Lords, a militant Puerto Rican civil rights group, which led him to develop the documentary Looking for a Lord through Krossover Productions, which Anthony co-owns with his wife. “I shot it with [Young Lords Cofounder] Felipe Luciano. This is something I really want to bring awareness to.”
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5. He loves being a dad.
Anthony and La La have a 6-year-old son, Kiyan. “He's an amazing father," says La La. "I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that his father passed away when he was very young. Sometimes I feel left out! I'm like, 'You guys are always doing boy stuff!' But I love that they have that relationship."