Much has been made the past couple of days about New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony dropping a lot of weight in order to prepare for the upcoming season.
It looks like there has been some reasoning behind the weight loss for Melo.
A primary move back to the small forward position.
While former coach Mike Woodson tended to use Melo at the power forward spot a lot more than at Anthony’s traditional small forward spot, Anthony responded by putting up better numbers at the 4 than at the 3.
However it looks like a switch will be made.
From the New York Post‘s Marc Berman:
Carmelo Anthony took a $5 million pay cut on his new contract, but it appears he took a bigger cut in weight. According to an Anthony confidant, Anthony has done so in order to resemble his physique as a rookie with the Nuggets and to be more viable in Phil Jackson’s triangle offense. …
“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ the confidant told The Post. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle and speed will help that.’’…
According to a source, the Harris camp was told Anthony was working out three times a day, doing basketball drills, agility drills, weights and yoga.
With regard to his diet, Anthony has followed LeBron James’ lead in a mostly no-carb diet. …
Because former coach Mike Woodson played Anthony a lot at power forward the past two seasons, it would have been unwise to drop too much weight. However, team president Phil Jackson sees Anthony more as the starting small forward this season.
The thought is that Anthony will be more of a facilitator in the triangle, similar to that of LeBron James, who also has lost some weight this offseason.
It remains to be seen if Melo can transform himself into a legitimate facilitator who not only makes the offense run smoothly but his teammates better as well, but he has shown small glimpses of that in the past.
However the weight loss should be a good thing since it is unlikely he will do a lot of banging down low that we have seen the past couple of seasons.
It also opens up a spot for someone to start at the four, with Amar’e Stoudemire a likely candidate.