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Carmelo Anthony has dropped 12 pounds, it’s not all wax

Jun 26, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

Carmelo Anthony AP

Any NBA player with real championship aspirations has to see the Heat holding up the Larry O’Brien trophy and get motivated. Do you have any doubt that Kobe Bryant watched Game 5 then went to work out for a few hours?

Carmelo Anthony is doing the same and trying to get ready for the Olympics in London next month and he has dropped 12 pounds already, he told Marc Berman of the New York Post at the unveiling of the wax Carmelo at Madame Tussauds museum in Times Square.

No, I’m not making that last part up, there is now a wax image of ‘Melo in a room with New York sports heroes. What do you think that photo is?

Anyway, now that he’s got a statue and lost a few pounds (not of wax, of real weight), he thinks it’s his time to win a ring.

“I believe my time is coming,’’ Anthony said after posing with the statue with his wife La La at a press conference. “I’m a big believer in that. Whether this year or next year, I truly believe our time is coming. We’re going to keep playing for that.”

Carmelo and LeBron James are friends. He can see what it takes. Of course, what it really takes is a heavy commitment at both ends of the floor — you can’t just score you’ve got to defend. It takes not controlling the offense to score for yourself but to set up others and get the team offense flowing (remember all LeBron’s assists). It means taking on a new role for the team if that is what works (LeBron moving to the four).

Carmelo could do a lot worse than to follow LeBron’s lead. That wouldn’t make the Knicks title contenders, but it gets them a lot closer.

  1. knightrider1755 - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Melo is no Lebron and never will be.

    • bougin89 - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      You forgot to mention that the sky is blue.

  2. lmoneyfresh - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I always wondered what this guy could accomplish if he was actually in good shape. Not saying he’s at my level of laziness, but most NBA guys are in amazing shape and you look at melo and can just tell he’s not really putting a ton of work in the weight room. It’ll be interesting to see if he sticks with it.

  3. thetooloftools - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    If Melo want to lose 30 pounds of ugly fat he can cut off his head.

  4. cantonbound13 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Keep up the good work Melo. Your time is coming.

  5. badintent - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Woodson will make him play D or ship him off to Turkey to play with “Mr.Practice” Just what Turkey needs, more turkeys. Let him sit on the pine for the rifst 2 weeks behind Novak.

    • youngyankee - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      dumb ass comment.

      as a Knicks fan, I’m constantly concerned of Melo is giving you a 100 percent

      no one EVER had those concerns when Mr Practice was on the floor, he gave all he got every night.

      the only thing melo and iverson have in common is they are too proud to adapt to roles. Melo’s too proud to be a facilitator like lebron. iverson was too proud to be a role player.

      • youngyankee - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:07 PM

        and A.I did play a very good D.

      • jmclarkent - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        …in NBA 2k. During actual games, he never stopped the ball handler and despite being one of the most athletic guards in the game never committed to defense outside of playing the passing lanes.

  6. truthhurtstoo - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Only way he’s winning a title the next few years is if he joins the HEAT. Knicks suck!

  7. trickybastard - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    wow does this make him pass the ball??

  8. buffalowned - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    his time is coming….to win a playoff series……maybe

  9. backdraft440 - Jun 27, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    If Melo can lay off the weed and prostitutes he may have a shot at the title!

  10. wariosworld - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Way to go

  11. drobstad - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    The comments about Melo not playing defense should probably stop now. If you watched every Knick game last season like I did you can see he actually played very good defense the entire year. He took on the responsibility for guarding a lot of teams best players when Shump wasn’t on the floor too. Amare is the defensive problem.

  12. dysraw1 - Jun 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    people are funny once they latch on to an idea they get stuck in their weird way of thinking. Melo’s game is evolving to a whole new level yet ppl are so blinded comments from the media makes he doesn’t play D, he’s to selfish, he’s too fat i am sure he did not come to this to be the whipping boy that the public & the media

    • dysraw1 - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      by the way keep up the good work the older you get the more conditioning is required.

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