Opening Tip: Are we OK with Melo's fast?
January, 15, 2013
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Troy Taormina/USA TODAY SportsDiscovery of Carmelo Anthony's recent 15-day fast has some fans questioning his judgment.Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.
Today's Burning Question: Are you OK with Carmelo Anthony fasting during the season?
Mike Woodson said on Monday that he had no problem with Carmelo Anthony's recent 15-day fast.
"It’s not a big thing. It’s a big thing to you guys but it’s not a big thing to me," Woodson said. "I take Melo fasting or not Melo fasting. It doesn’t matter to me."
Woodson also said he was unaware that Anthony had fasted, which is odd. But Woodson trusted that the team's nutritionists made sure that Anthony received proper nutrients.
"I’m not concerned what Melo eats as long as he’s ready to play," the coach said. "... I’ve got much faith when it comes to that."
Anthony said on Sunday that he had cut meat, bread and sweets from his diet, something he's done in the past.
Though it seemed the fast affected Anthony on the floor in recent days.
According to Anthony, there were games during his fast in which the "body just feels depleted" and he was left "just trying to find other ways to get energy."
He missed nine of his first 10 shots on Sunday en route to 27 points, one of a flurry of slow starts of late for Anthony.
According to stats tabulated by our buddy Chris Herring at The Wall Street Journal, Anthony averaged 6.5 first-quarter points during his fast, more than three fewer than his pre-fast first-quarter average.
His first-quarter shooting percentage was down 23 percent during his diet change, according to Herring.
Coincidence or not, the Knicks were 3-4 during Anthony's meat-and-sweets hiatus, 3-3 in games in which he played.
There is a bright side to all of this, however. In 13 games following Anthony's 2011 fast, he scored 30.7 points on 50 percent shooting, per stats accrued by Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie.
So if recent history is any indication, Anthony could be on the brink of a hot stretch.
Also, Melo's teammates didn't have any issues with his decision.
"He really believes in it, he sticks to it, so I'm not going to tell him to stop doing what he's doing," Iman Shumpert said in an interview Monday on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Michael Kay Show."
But, judging by the reaction on Monday, some of you disagree with Shumpert's take. More than a few of you took issue with Anthony's fast.
And that leads us to our question:
Are you OK with Anthony fasting during the season, or would you prefer he waited until it ended? OR, is it none of our business what Anthony chooses to eat?
Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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