After snapping a three-game losing streak with a win over the Hornets, New York Knicks’ star guard Carmelo Anthony revealed in an interview that he had been fasting for 15 days when asked about his slow start.
“I usually do it to get some clarity in my life and spiritual reasons…I haven’t had a good meal in about two and a half weeks. No meats, no carbs, anything like that.”
New York isn’t the first place that Anthony has gone hungry during games. While playing for the Denver Nuggets two seasons ago, Anthony went on a 12 game fast following the same dietary constraints.
The change in consumption is being attributed to the Daniel Fast, based on a passage within the Bible.
In Denver and New York, Anthony’s teams have lost more than they have won during his streak of games played while fasting. Despite defeating a formidable opponent in San Antonio, and dropping 40 points on the Magic, all this year, the fast has took a definite toll on his body.
“It’s been some games this past week where your body just feels depleted out there and you’re trying to find a way to get some energy.”
There have been many Muslim athletes who have gone public about fasting such as Hakeem Olajuwon, the Abdullah Brothers, and the countless athletes who competed during the Olympics. The fact Anthony isn’t following a calendar, or maybe he is, like Muslims in Ramadan, makes his fast all the more interesting.
New York is half a game behind the Miami Heat for first place in the Eastern Conference. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if Anthony gained a few pounds by tipoff of the next game.