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Trainer says Carmelo Anthony slimmed down to lengthen career

Aug 18, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

We don’t have a number, but Carmelo Anthony looks slimmer. There are reports he’s dropped weight.

Why? To extend the length of his career his trainer told ESPNNewYork.com.

“In anything, you get older, and getting leaner and lighter helps with the longevity of your career,” Anthony’s trainer, Idan Ravin, told ESPNNewYork.com in a phone conversation Thursday afternoon.

“He’s played a lot of years,” Ravin added. “He puts a lot of mileage on his legs, so the leaner and lighter you are, obviously the better.”

He said there was not an aggressive, specific weight loss program, it was more the result of increased cardio and Anthony working hard to stick with his diet. Basically what a lot of players — Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Steve Nash and others — do as they age.

There were also reports Anthony dropped weight to better fit in the triangle, and maybe that’s a part of it. But this is likely the larger reason. Much like LeBron James’ weight loss, this is about keeping knees and a body that has seen some milage healthy. Plus Anthony is again going to have to carry a huge load with the Knicks this year. He’s going to need to stay healthy and on the court.

Of course, if one were cynical, one would say Anthony is hoping to be around for the contract after this one.

  1. cantonbound13 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Nice to see a player work hard after getting paid.

    • kclanton80 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      Truthfully it’s way past time he did this. He has publically been asked by coaches in the past to get leaner and in better shape and he did not respond. I can’t really praise him now for something he should have been doing from day one. Although Kobe and now lebron have gotten leaner as they age, they both were always in tip top shape with low bod fat percentage’s. Can’t say the same for Melo. I Also find it funny that now Dwayne wade wants to get leaner and in better shape. He wasn’t motivated to to that to help them 3peat though.

  2. saint1997 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    If the Knicks play 2015 free agency right and snag either Gasol or Dragic and some nice complimentary pieces, this triangle offence can really take hold with Melo running it

    • duhwighthoward - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      They would dominate the East if that happened. But you are referring to Marc Gasol, right?

      Pau signed with the rival Bulls.

      • saint1997 - Aug 19, 2014 at 2:43 AM

        Yeah of course Marc

  3. sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    I thought it was so he could attempt to begin playing D…

    Oops…

  4. rodyaugu - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    The difference between Lebron and Melo slimming down is, Lebron slimmed down on muscles, whereas Melo slimmed down on body fat.

  5. Kevin S. - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Why is it cynical to think that players are motivated by maximizing their relatively short window of incredible earning potential? Whether it’s superstars trying to remain at the top of their game as long as they can or role players hanging around for those league minimum checks, players will never have the opportunities to earn what they do in their twenties and thirties. As long as some team is willing to give them a roster spot, go for it.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Spot on Kevin…

      Of course, in this day and age, it’s really changed, at least for the top players I mean.

      Kobe has earned like $34 million a yr OFF the court the past 3 seasons per Forbes magazine.

      Kobe will continue earning money from Nike and China long after he retires too.

      Carmelo, for example has already earned $135 million and since his new deal is guaranteed, let’s add the $124 million to that since he WILL get it even if he gets injured in a car crash tomorrow.

      That takes Melo up to $259 million in earnings.

      Per Forbes magazine, Melo has been earning $8 million a yr in endorsements. Now, he hasn’t been at that level for his entire 11 yr career so let’s just say in his 11 seasons he’s earned a total of $40 million in endorsements (that would only be a $3.64 million a yr average).

      His new deal is for 5 yrs with the Knicks so let’s just give him his current $8 million a year in endorsements for the coming 5 yrs (will probably grow, but I’m being conservative). That’s another $40 million.

      So, conservatively, Melo will make $80 million from endorsements. Add that to his $259 million from on court salary and he’s up to $339 million.

      Oh, just like this article states, he wants to play longer and odds are that he’ll sign for at least two more seasons, if healthy etc…

      We’re talking 5 yrs from now but I’ll be conservative and only give him $15 million per yr for 2 yrs.

      Add that $30 million to the $339 million and he’s up to $369 million.

      OF course he’ll earn a bit more in endorsements after retiring too and I’ve been conservative with his current endorsement monies.

      Melo will more than likely approach $400 million in career earnings from basketball (on and off the court).

      Kobe is right around a half a billion today as he has earned a lot more than Melo in endorsements.

      Kobe’s earned more than $100 million in just the past 3 yrs from endorsements plus all the years before, but at smaller amounts than $30 something million per year.

      KG has earned well over $300 million in salary alone.

      Dirk Nowitzki has earned well over $200 million in salary alone.

      Shaq made just under $300 million.

      Duncan is over $220 million.

      Lebron is going to fly up the career earnings too, so is KD and many other of these younger stars…

      Sure some of you have heard the rumors that Under Armour is looking to sign KD for like a $320 million dollar deal… that’s ZERO on court dollars ya’ll…

      If KD gets something like that or close to it he’ll fly over half a BILLION in earnings…

  6. can139 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Guys, is there anyone who is not at least a bit sceptical about all this? I mean, NBA implements HGH testing for the first time for the 14?15 season, an suddenly all these players drop these impressive amounts of weight. I mean this more seems like doing the smart thing and not getting caught, both for LeBron and Melo.

    This is directly related to the HGH ban, so the media should be at least more cynical when in comes to these weight loss reasons.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      There are no changes in the league’s drug testing this year. Any changes in testing for HGH still need to be negotiated between the union and the league.

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