Carmelo Anthony and D. Watkins’ New Book Chronicles of the Baltimore Basketball Star’s Education
Basketball fans might expect an autobiography from a 10-time NBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist to celebrate one or two career highlights. Write them down at least, right? This isn’t the book Carmelo Anthony wrote with D. Watkins, who both grew up in Baltimore on basketball courts and city streets.
Instead, the 37-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star, with help from the New York Times best-selling author, tells his first 19 years in a raw, compelling coming-of-age story that largely unfolds around recreation centers, schools, and Baltimore’s former Murphy Homes public housing project. . Fans of Hoops, but more so the Baltimoreans, should not miss Where the tomorrows are not promised as Anthony recounts how he worked his way through poverty, family addiction, guns and his own unresolved pain.
We interviewed Anthony and Watkins via email about the well-received book, which came out last week.
In many ways, this is a true Baltimore book. The city’s readers will appreciate it like no one else. What made you decide to focus on your years to come and not, say, your NBA career?
Carmelo Anthony: Everyone knows about my NBA career, but what most people don’t know is how I came to be who I am today, and it all starts at my roots. But I know my story is one that I think will resonate with many people, especially those who also grew up in Baltimore and similar communities. I wouldn’t be the man you know today without the experiences I had in Baltimore and the people I grew up with there. I hope my story not only inspires others to look at their own lives and realize that they are not defined by their circumstances, but also encourages people with a different education to understand how circumstances can shape our view. of the world. This is why this story is important to tell, now more than ever.
D. Watkins: Melo really wanted to focus on whatever he had to overcome just to be able to get on the basketball court, and I think a lot of people don’t understand that. Most outstanding talent and future NBA players are only allowed to focus on basketball from the age of five, but Melo first had to survive in Baltimore … value in what he has overcome. He’s proud of what he’s accomplished and he wants young people, from places like Baltimore, who find it hard to dream.
Carmelo, you lost your father and then your stepfather. You say you don’t have the mental health resources you need to deal with the depression and trauma you faced as a teenager in Baltimore.
CALIFORNIA: For generations people in my community have learned never to show vulnerability, that emotion is weakness. This is how life was, and I never had any resentment towards the community that raised me. I know that I [developed] a certain harshness in me because of this, and I have my fair share of scars, but I’m glad my son doesn’t have to grow up like this and feels comfortable talking when he needs to. We are still learning, we are still growing, and the more we talk about mental health in society, the better the generations that will come after us because of it.