“He was my idol as far as a basketball player goes” - Why Carmelo Anthony looked up to Bernard King

“He was my idol as far as a basketball player goes” - Why Carmelo Anthony looked up to Bernard King

Carmelo Anthony was a fan of older basketball players and how they influenced his game. A player who was one of Melo’s idols growing up was fellow New York legend Bernard King.

It was a fantastic choice for a basketball hero because King and Anthony have many similarities. They both originally hail from Brooklyn, New York, and they represented the hometown team, the Knicks, when they were at the top of their powers in the NBA.

“Bernard King AKA The King, he was my idol as far as a basketball player goes. Somebody I looked up to, being from Brooklyn, him being from Brooklyn, it just goes hand in hand,”Carmelo said in 2012.

“There was one thing about Bernard King’s game that just stood out, it was the way he was able to move in quick fashion, but be able to stop on a drop of a dime, make a counter-move, and pull up for a jumper.”

King influenced Melo’s game

Whenever one watches Bernard’s highlights, there are plenty of similarities between him and Melo. They thrive in one-on-one situations, as they had the moves in their arsenal to score on their defender. King loved playing in transition because he had those creative dribble moves you usually see from a New York native.

Melo was a more methodical scorer, relying on his jab-steps and fakes to beat his matchup. The two Knicks legends even had similar stats about scoring the ball for the team. Melo continued. “It’s hard to get 30 points back-to-back, let alone 50 back-to-back.”

Looking up to King helped Melo diversify his skills as an offensive player. He knew defenders would be out there to stop him from scoring, but he had counters like his idol had during the 1980s.

Unfortunately, the similarities do not end there, as neither star has won a championship. However, they are known as two of the best offensive players ever to enjoy their time in the Big Apple.

King and Melo deserve their flowers

Although King and Anthony did not win championships like their peers, they were undeniable superstars in the NBA's biggest market. New York, the mecca of basketball, bears the indelible mark of both players on its basketball culture.

Melo has always given King his flowers since he grew up watching his highlights and learning from them. On the other hand, King was critical of Melo earlier in his career. Still, he grew to love the younger star, especially when Anthony broke his Madison Square Garden record, eclipsing King’s 60 points with a 62-point performance.

It is a healthy relationship between the two, and thankfully, they have shown to appreciate each other even if they are generations apart.

Related: Carmelo Anthony explains the meteoritic rise of Jalen Brunson in NY: "This is Broadway, I gotta perform every single night"

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