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Melo Follows LeBron’s Lead

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony

Just like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony is dropping a bit of weight heading into the 2014-15 NBA season. According to the New York Post, the Knicks forward aims to get his weight down to around the same as when he entered the NBA in 2005 as a 230-pound rookie with the Denver Nuggets.Last season, Anthony was listed at 240 pounds, but he likely got heavier as the season went on. Melo has been criticized as “too tired” to hit critical shots late in games. Among the NBA’s top 25 scorers last season, his drop in shooting percentage from the first to the fourth quarter was the steepest.

“He wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,” the Post reported. According to another source, Anthony has been in the gym three times a day performing basketball and agility drills, lifting weights and doing yoga.

“[Being thinner] will prolong their careers,” said Reggie Miller, the slender star of the Indiana Pacers who was known for making clutch 3-pointers in his prime. Miller said extra weight on aging NBA players means more wear-and-tear on their bodies.

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