Carmelo Anthony did something remarkable last night on the basketball court. The 62 points he scored against the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden was the highest ever single game point total by a Knicks player in 30 years breaking the record previously held by Hall of Famer Bernard King. This should not come as such a huge shock as "Melo" as he is familiarly known to fans has been a standout on basketball courts from the playgrounds of Baltimore where he grew up, to the Carrier Dome of Syracuse University where he played college ball to the Pepsi Arena where he started his pro career with the Denver Nuggets and finally home to the Garden where he has come full circle as a Native New Yorker born in Red Hook Brooklyn.
What may come as more of a shock to many is that Melo leads a double life, one where his achievements do not find their way into the NBA record books. That double life is one of a philanthropist, giving back to the communities he represents through his Carmelo Anthony Foundation. The Foundation, in partnership with various corporate and private entities has created diverse charitable programs that target underserved communities with a focus on education, recreation and community outreach.
#InTheLab recently witnessed one of those programs first hand tagging along to the Bronx where the annual "A Very Melo Giveback" in partnership with Feed the Children gave away holiday dinners to over 800 families at a local Boys and Girls Club. Our host Arthur Kade was able to pull Melo away from the festivities just long enough to get some insight from the NBA superstar in an interview that is truly an illustration of the sincerity and humility he feels in being able give back to the community and provide for these families who would otherwise go without. Melo sums it up simply by saying "This is easy for me."