For most of us, food is pretty important to our way of life. For Carmelo Anthony, however, eating gets in the way of his clarity, whatever that means. In a recent search for clarity, the New York Knicks star told reporters that he fasted for 15 straight days. During that time, Anthony ate no meat or carbohydrates of any kind.
“I usually do it sometimes to get some clarity in my life.” Fortunately ‘Melo expanded on that by adding he did it for “spiritual reasons.”
Count me as one of the many people who are puzzled at the decision to fast in the middle of an NBA season, where you would need your strength and energy. Why in the world would you need clarity in the middle of the season when your focus should be at its best?
I’m in no position to tell another man how to live, or whether or not to eat Honey Nut Cheerios, but a professional basketball player should not be fasting during his season when it doesn’t involve any actual religious beliefs. I’m sorry but looking for “clarity” does not qualify as a legitimate reason for fasting. Luckily for the Knicks, Anthony has given up the fast and has gone back to eating carbohydrates again.
Anthony didn’t say how the fast affected his play but he did average 32.3 points a game over the span, an increase over his current 29.3 points per game right now. The Knicks, however, only went 3-4 in that 15 day span.
No word on how the fast affected his clarity in his incident with Kevin Garnett.
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