Carmelo Anthony Pours Heart Out In Memoir
Often, when we see celebrities, we think they’re probably always having the time of their lives. Surrounded by fans and media, always partying, and buying expensive stuff. But despite general perceptions, that kind of life isn’t necessarily “it” for every celebrity. Take the case of Carmelo Anthony for instance.
Recently, when appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show, the 10-time NBA All-Star became candid about the struggles of being a professional athlete. He explained how dull his life has been, constantly away from friends and family. His schedules and sincerity towards his game has rewarded him, yes, but it has also left him coping with depression.
A touching interview
On September 21, 2021, while discussing his memoir – Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised – Anthony shared that he believes athletes are naturally susceptible to depression. The Los Angeles Lakers player explained that athletes’ environment is what pushes them into that dark zone.
The fact that they have to deal with the media and paparazzi regularly and still focus on their game to stay in the competition is a lot to handle. On top of that, staying away from family and friends, be it during holidays or emergencies, just makes the situation worse. An average person doesn’t understand what’s going behind the cameras and inside an athletes’ mind. They only believe what they see, and what they see isn’t always true.
The 37-year-old added he didn’t really understand the depth of the situation himself until he started writing the book. When he sat down and started putting everything in place, he realized there’s a lot that he faces regularly, and to some extent, it’s what puts him in a dark zone.
“Honesty is what keeps you going”
A week before appearing on the talk show, Anthony spoke with People magazine about writing his memoir. He revealed he never wanted to tell his story at first, but gradually he realized that it was important for people to know his true self. The former Portland Trail Blazers player said when you’re letting people into your life, you’ve got to be vulnerable. Unless you’re honest and appreciative of what you’ve achieved, there’s no point in telling your story.
If you’re going to sugarcoat every incident, you shouldn’t share it with the world ‘cuz you aren’t accepting it yourself in the first place. He added that these things were crucial for him while writing his story, so he tried to be as open as possible.
Every prominent incident from Anthony’s career to his childhood is mentioned crystal clearly in the book, and that’s how he wanted it to be. The reason why he chose to tell his story now more than ever, was because he felt a large part of his NBA career was gone. If he didn’t write the memoir now, it wouldn’t be relevant, and people wouldn’t know who he was and what he did.
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