Sunday, January 19, 2014
No fasting for Melo this season
By Ian Begley
Good news has been hard to come by this season for the Knicks. But we’ve got something for you on this football Sunday: Carmelo Anthony won’t be fasting during the season.
“Oh hell no,” he said earlier this week. “Did you see what happened to me last year? Not yet. Summertime.”
Last season, Anthony went on a 15-day fast known as the “Daniel Fast” that concluded in mid-January. It’s something Anthony said he does regularly.
It seemed to impact his performance a bit.
Anthony’s field-goal percentage during the fast was three percent lower during the fast than the percentage he’d established for the season. His 3-point percentage was the same but his first-quarter scoring -- a strength of his game last season -- was down significantly.
This year, Anthony’s been one of the few bright spots for the Knicks (15-25).
He’s scoring 26.1 points per game, the second-highest total in the NBA. Anthony’s also averaging a career-high nine rebounds per game.