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Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
Position: F
Born: 05/29/84
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $2,641,691
But for Melo, it wasn’t always like that. Once upon a time, the Lakers star wanted to go by the name ‘Tyrone Johnson’. Anthony made an appearance on Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard and discussed a handful of topics, including the day he tried to change his identity as a kid. (Around 25:50 mark) “I’m in 3rd grade. I’m coming from New York,” said the Lakers star. Nobody knows who the hell I am [in Baltimore]. I come the summer of ’92. School starts in September. So I have two months to meet some people, hang out. Mind you, I’m 8 or 9 years old at this point. When I get to 3rd grade, first day of school you gotta write your name on a white index card.
The Lakers star revealed the reason behind it – people were messing with his name. At that time he wasn’t going by ‘Melo’ just yet, so he had enough of everybody getting ‘Carmelo’ wrong. That whole summer, people was butchering my name. It was just like ‘Caramelo’ and ‘Camelo’. “There wasn’t no nothing bad to it. I just didn’t like people f–ing my name up. … So I write the name ‘Tyrone’ and I’m looking around and I’m like ‘what last name am I gonna go with?’ So I see a textbook and it’s like ‘Johnson’ and something textbook. So I’m like, ‘Tyrone Johnson’.”
The paths they took to where they are today are totally different, though. Melo opened up about his struggles a few years back when his career nearly came to an untimely conclusion. Lucky for him, he had his son to keep him on his toes throughout those dark times: “But also being around my son, and being around his teammates, and going to the tournament and them giving me that love,” Anthony said on HBO’s The Shop, via Lee Tran of Fadeaway World. “That was a different kind of love. Like forget the media. When you get the love from kids like that. It’s like oh… I gotta be there, I gotta do what I gotta do. “They telling me: ‘Man you ain’t done. Keep doing what you doing.’ “It’s a beautiful feeling. It’s embarassing!”