Carmelo Anthony is a professional American basketball player. Popularly known as Melo, he ranks alongside the likes of Lebron James and Dwayne Wade as the finest players in the NBA. In a career spanning nearly two decades, Anthony has been a part of the leagues All-Star games a massive ten times, among other accomplishments.
Born on the 29th of May 1984 in Brooklyn, New York, his father was Puerto Rican and his name was Carmelo Iriarte. His mother, on the other hand, is African-American and her name is Mary Anthony. The basketball player has two brothers named Robert and Wilford, as well as a half-sister named Daphne. Anthony’s dad died when he was just two years old and he was raised by his mom. He spent his formative years in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Towson Catholic High School.
Chronicling the Amature Career that Landed Him a $15 Million Rookie deal with the Denver Nuggets
As a high schooler, Carmelo Anthony was outstanding on the basketball court. He enjoyed an impressive sophomore and junior seasons and attracted college offers even before his senior year. Anthony, however, had to conclude his final year of high school so as to boost his faltering grades.
For this purpose, he transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) and continued his exploits on the court. He led his school to various trophies including the Les Schwab Invitational. He also won individual honors such as USA TODAY All-USA First Team and Parade First Team All-American.
Carmelo Anthony joined Syracuse University as a freshman in 2002. Even though he would spend only one year in college, the New York native recorded some incredible achievements. He averaged 22.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and led Syracuse to their first-ever NCAA tournament.
Additionally, he was also named the most outstanding player of the tournament. Carmelo Anthony went professional in 2003 and was the 3rd overall player drafted that year. He was picked by Denver and his rookie deal with the franchise saw him earn $15,108,241 in four years.
His Contract Extension deal Which Kickstarted the 2007-08 Season was Worth $80 Million
Although the pact was made after the 2005-06 season, it kickstarted in the 2007-08 season and would see the small/power forward remain with the Nuggets until the 2010-11 season when he was traded to the New York Knicks alongside Chauncey Billups.
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Carmelo Anthony would spend seven seasons with the Knicks, during which he signed a five-year contract worth $124 million. When he inked the deal, it was reported that he would earn $22.458 million the first year and that his annual earning would gradually increase in the following years to peak at over $27.9 million.
Joining the Oklahoma City Thunder and Moving on to Houston Rockets
It was sometime in September 2017 that the Knicks traded Carmelo Anthony to the Oklahoma City Thunder. As it was reported, he was traded in exchange for a second-round draft pick, Enes Kanter, and Doug McDermott. Despite his good performance with the Knicks, he didn’t have much to show for the years he spent with them as the team only won one playoff series.
Carmelo made it clear he wanted to play for the Houston Rockets when he was set to leave the Knicks but fate had to take him to OKC first and then the Atlanta Hawks before he joined the Rockets. The Thunder traded him to the Hawks in July 2018 to cut costs. The player accepted a contract buyout from the Hawks that same month and then signed a one-year $2.4 million deal with the Rockets the following month.
Carmelo Anthony has been with the Portland Trail Blazers Since 2019
The Rockets traded the NBA star to the Chicago Bulls in January 2019 and he was waived by the Bulls the following month. With that, he signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers in November.
Carmelo Anthony will earn $14,490 while on the roster in Portland. The contract becomes fully guaranteed if he is not waived by Jan. 7.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 15, 2019
The player averaged almost 17 points per game after joining the Blazers and the team amended his contract to fully guarantee its $2.15 million worth.
The Trail Blazers will amend Carmelo Anthony’s contract so that it becomes fully guaranteed for the remainder of the season, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 6, 2019
Even though Anthony is yet to win an NBA championship, he has received several individual honors. Apart from being named an NBA All-Star on ten occasions, he has also been named to the All-NBA Second Team twice and All-NBA Third Team four times.
The New York native has also represented his country at various international tournaments. His national career has fetched him many trophies including gold medals at 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics. Anthony also won bronze at the 2004 Olympics, 2006 World Championships, and gold at the 2007 Americas Championships.
Carmelo Anthony has a net worth of $160 million. His wealth stems from endorsement deals as well as the juicy contracts he has signed over the years. The NBA star once ranked among the 40 highest-paid athletes in the world with a salary of $26.2 million and $7 million in endorsement deals. He is sponsored by companies such as Nike, Panini, and Footlocker. He also has a shoe line with Jordan.
The Basketball Player met La La Through a Mutual Friend in 2003
The NBA star is married to popular media personality, Alani Nicole Anthony (nee Vazquez) also known as La La. La La is a producer, actress, author, and entrepreneur. She rose to fame as a VJ on the MTV show, Total Request Live. Since then, she has featured in movies and TV series such as Two Can Play That Game, You Got Served, NYC22, and Single Ladies. She also owns a clothing and makeup line.
The couple was at the early stages of their career when they met; La La had just joined the MTV family and it was the year Carmelo became a part of the NBA. According to La La, she met Carmelo through a mutual friend, DJ Clue.
She was hosting a show with the DJ when he asked to introduce her to someone that wanted to meet her. It was Carmelo and they became friends which quickly morphed into a romance.
They had their first date in Long Beach. La La was shooting for MTV and the NBA player flew there to see her. They had dinner and a great time together which sealed their fate.
The Couple got Engaged in December 2004 and Latter Married in July 2010
Anthony and La La were engaged for six years before getting married on the 10th of July 2010. Their wedding ceremony took place in New York and was officiated by famed preacher and academic, Michael Eric Dyson.
The couple enjoyed seven years of marital bliss before rumors surfaced that the basketball star had gotten a stripper pregnant. His wife was distraught by the scandal and filed for separation in April 2017. However, the couple has not yet divorced and reports suggest that they may be getting back together.
Anthony and his wife have a son together, his name is Kiyam Carmelo Anthony and he was born in March 2007. Kiyam is already following in his dad’s footsteps and has exhibited insane basketball skills. This has made his proud papa declare that he is a GOAT in the making.