Provided Carmelo Anthony’s size (6’8”, 230 pounds), it’s a no-brainer that he decided to pursue a career playing professional basketball.
But still, one can’t help but wonder what could have been if ‘Melo trained for a career in boxing instead of simply embracing it as a hobby.
Anthony won a national championship in college at Syracuse, was selected third overall by the Denver Nuggets in 2003 and has averaged 25 points per game over the course of a 10-year NBA career. And he won the 2013 NBA scoring title by averaging 28.7 points per game.
His career accolades in basketball have been very impressive, but what if that same drive, passion and practice was funneled into boxing?
Throughout his NBA career, Anthony has averaged 36.3 minutes per game in the regular season and 39.1 minutes per game in the playoffs, so there’s no doubting his endurance and stamina.
However, even Anthony acknowledges that the stamina needed to box is an entirely different animal (via Esquire).
ESQUIRE.COM: How'd you get involved in boxing?
CARMELO ANTHONY: Being born Brooklyn, I've always been a fan of boxing. It's in our blood. But as I got older, it was a matter of really digging into how hard it is and how much time and conditioning it takes for a boxer to be in top notch shape to only fight for 45 or 48 minutes. It's unbelievable.
ESQ: But you're going about 45 to 48 minutes a night for the Knicks.
CA: Yeah, but it's different. It's a different workout. You can't really compare the two, you just have to go through the experience to understand it.
We’d need an alternate reality to know if Anthony could truly thrive as a boxer. But how wild would it be to see him, as a heavyweight, squaring off with one of the Klitschko brothers?