Carmelo Anthony has been fasting for the past 15 days

New York Knicks’ superstar Carmelo Anthony had made a living getting off to hot starts for most of the season, but that hasn’t been the case as of late.

January 13, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots against the New Orleans Hornets during the third quarter of an NBA game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

‘Melo and the Knicks have gotten off to plenty of slow starts as of late, including the first quarter of Sunday’s win against the New Orleans Hornets, but there could be an answer for that.

Anthony told SNY.TV’s Adam Zagoria that he has been fasting for the past 15 days and as a result has lacked energy at times.

“I usually do it to get some clarity in my life and spiritual reasons,” Anthony told Zagoria after going for 27 points and seven boards as the Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 100-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets. “But I’m done now.”

That could explain the slow starts the past two games for Anthony, as he combined to make only 2-of-16 shots and scored only six total points against Chicago and New Orleans. But he seemed to find energy just fine as he finished those games with 29 and 27 points respectively.

Sunday’s first quarter against the Hornets represented the 11th time in the past 12 games the Knicks trailed after the first quarter.

“It’s a long story, man,” Anthony told Zagoria of his fast. “I haven’t had a good meal in about two and a half weeks. No meats, no carbs, anything like that. So I don’t know how I was out there competing at high level. It’s been some games this past week where your body just feels depleted out there and you’re trying to find a way to get some energy.”

In addition to Anthony not eating, Amar’e Stoudemire revealed that he has been a vegan for three months.

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