If you haven’t noticed already: Carmelo Anthony lost weight and if you’re thinking we should panic I’m right with you, sort of. The Knicks star looked leaner and meaner as he continues his summer Paleo diet — similar to that of fellow superstar LeBron James who is also going through a weight loss of his own.
This could just mean that Carmelo, who is now in his 30s, is looking after the next seven or eight years of basketball he has left and doing what he can to stay in shape, which is something you want from a star player who just signed a $124 million contract for the next five years. But if you’re a neurotic Knick fan like I am, you’re probably wondering if the weight loss is going to knock him off his equilibrium and affect his shot somehow (which of course happens after we sign him to the mega deal).
Am I scaring you yet? Well, one also has to wonder what this’ll do to his playing form; with the slimmer frame, ‘Melo might not withstand the constant pounding one must take while playing at the Power Forward position, one that he excelled at for the last two years. Considering that the overhauled roster, the new coaching staff, and the new triangle offense being implemented this year, an injured ‘Melo is not something the Knicks can afford in an Eastern Conference where the balance of power have shifted greatly since the end of last season.
It’s all very intriguing and just adds to the already eventful 2014-15 NBA season. Just when you thought it’d be smooth sailing for the Knicks, here comes a wave or two to make sure your undies regret you have them on.
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