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Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player at the small forward position for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association and the USA National Team.

With Anthony's help the Nuggets improved by six games and ended the season 49-33 which was good enough for seventh place in the Western Conference (one spot higher than they finished the previous season). The second seeded San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Nuggets in five games in the first round.

For the 2005-2006 season, he made five game-winning shots in the last five seconds: at Houston on January 8, 2006; at home versus the Phoenix Suns on January 10, 2006; at Minnesota on February 24, 2006; at Indiana on March 15, 2006; at home versus the Los Angeles Lakers on April 6, 2006 - all were jumpers while shot against Minnesota was a three point field goal - also made a shot in the final seconds to force overtime vs. the Dallas Mavericks on January 6, 2006 and made shots in the final 22 seconds against the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 18, 2006 and the Philadelphia 76ers on March 9, 2006 which gave the Nuggets leads they would never lose.

On December 16, 2006, Anthony was one of many players involved in the Knicks-Nuggets brawl during a game at Madison Square Garden. Footage shows Anthony punched New York's Mardy Collins in the face and then backed up to mid-court. As a result of his actions, Anthony was suspended for 15 games by NBA commissioner David Stern. Shortly thereafter, the Nuggets signed up Allen Iverson in a bid to form a deadly combination with Anthony. However, the two never really got going together as Iverson started playing with the team at the time when Anthony served his 15-game suspension.

On January 22, 2007, Anthony returned to the court after his 15-game suspension to play against the Memphis Grizzlies, finishing the game with 28 points.

For the second time in 3 years, Anthony and the 6th-seeded Nuggets faced the San Antonio Spurs, the 3rd seeds, in the first round of the playoffs. This time the team was more confident of a good showing as Anthony and Iverson proved that they can co-exist with each other after leading the team to a 10-1 record in April 2007. However, in a virtual repeat of the 2005 first round-playoff between these two teams, the Nuggets immediately stole homecourt advantage by winning Game 1, 95-89 only to lose the next 4 games as they were eliminated in the first round for the 4th straight year. In 5 games, Anthony averaged a team-high 26.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.2 APG and 1.0 SPG.

In 2007, Anthony was involved in a brawl with New York Knick Mardy Collins. He was criticized equally for throwing a punch at Collins as he was for backing up to midcourt after throwing said punch.

On January 16, 2006, Anthony was chosen as USA Basketball's Male Athlete of the Year after his showing in the FIBA World Championship.

Anthony opened the Carmelo Anthony Youth Development Center in Baltimore on December 14, 2006. Anthony contributed $1.5 million to Living Classroom Foundation, a nonprofit organization that "provides innovative hands-on-education, job-training and community service programs for over 35,000 children, youth and young adults in the east Baltimore community."



 


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