Like Many New Yorkers, Melo Went On 15-Day Fast

I usually do it sometimes to get some clarity in my life. I’m done now. I can’t do it anymore. I surrender. No meats, no carbs. I don’t know how I was out there competing at a high level. These past three, for games, the body has just felt depleted. I was just trying to find other ways to get energy.

Each year, as the summer inches closer, many New Yorkers go on a diet of some sort. For some, a juice cleanse is their choice. Others prefer to go gluten free. Yesterday we learned that Carmelo Anthony went the past fifteen days without meat or carbohydrates.

Now, I’m no nutritionist, but if a professional athlete, or for that matter anyone, stops eating meat and carbohydrates when his/her body is used to receiving those nutrients, their overall energy will drop. Unfortunately for the Knicks and Melo, that drop is quite evident Carmelo’s stats over the length of his fast.

Over the last 15 days, in which Melo played six games (he was suspended for one), Anthony’s numbers show a pretty drastic drop-off from the start of the year. Anthony started the year shooting 53.5% from the field and scoring 9.8 points in the first quarter. Simply put, he was remarkable right off the bat. Over the last 15 days, though, Melo’s numbers have plummeted to 30.8% shooting and just 6.5 points in the first quarter.

Deadspin has dug up the fact that Melo has fasted before, and I sure hope he doesn’t do so again. Well, at least during the N.B.A. season.