If you haven’t read, seen, or heard about this New York Magazine profile on Carmelo Anthony, I suggest you get on it. The author, Will Leitch, follows Anthony to where he spent the first eight years of his life, the Red Hook West housing projects in Brooklyn. The article is both emotionally driven and informative with a few nice nuggets hidden inside—like the part where Carmelo says he hasn’t spoken with Isaiah Thomas “in years”.
Here’s a description of Carmelo and his relationship with the media:
In person, Carmelo is disarmingly casual about pretty much everything. He speaks in a slow, laconic drawl, and seems bemused by all the fuss he causes. Every big-name athlete who comes to New York has to devise a strategy to deal with The Media. Some attempt to ingratiate themselves (Nick Swisher), some are combative (Randy Johnson), some are both (Alex Rodriguez), and some magically dance between the raindrops (Derek Jeter). Carmelo sees the media circus the way a native New Yorker might: With wry humor and the perspective that, hey, this is just what happens here—it’s kinda fun. After a March loss to Detroit, one that started a six-game losing streak, Carmelo left the visiting team’s locker room without talking to reporters. This led to the “Carmelo Fails Yet Again” and “Carmelo Hides on the Bus!” headlines that inevitably appear when the maw is not fed. “Man, people just freak out here,” Carmelo says, chuckling in a way that makes it clear he’s hardly offended. “It’s just something you deal with. It’s mostly funny. I just play basketball, you know?”