Bringing home the gold is the main target, but Carmelo Anthony isn’t going to just play in Rio. He has other important things in his itinerary.
According to Anthony, paying a visit to one of the city’s much talked about, but less frequented, places, the favelas, is part of his bucket list, per a recent article by Sam Amick for USA Today Sports.
“This was on my bucket list, to be honest with you; specifically to go to the favelas — forever. I just always wanted to see and experience that. Growing up in Baltimore, and knowing what that was like, in my own favela, you know what I mean? So I wanted to go and experience that for myself. I wanted to touch that.”
The place isn’t known for it’s safety and security, but the New York Knicks superstar opted to proceed with his visit.
“We couldn’t really bring the security. The police really wasn’t around. I had people with me, but you had to really trust the people who run that community. I didn’t feel nervous. I was just enjoying the atmosphere.”
Afterwards, he shared his realizations through an Instagram post.
The visit also became extra special for Carmelo Anthony as he was greeted by a mural of himself and also got the chance to play a pickup game with the local kids.