Lakers’ Carmelo Anthony reveals career-changing advice from Michael Jordan
It cannot be denied that new Los Angeles Lakers recruit Carmelo Anthony is one of the most gifted scorers this game has ever seen. As it turns out, one of the main propellers behind his unbridled ability to get buckets is none other than the great Michael Jordan.
Melo recently opened up about how MJ had such a significant impact on his career. Apparently, Jordan once imparted his brilliance on Anthony, and that same advice has stuck with Melo through all these years:
“Say you average about 28, there’s an easy way to get it,” Anthony said (h/t Nico Martinez of Fadeaway World). “He [Jordan] said, ‘break down 7 points a quarter. That’s 2-3 layups, 2-3 free throws. You get hot one quarter, you might have 11, 12, 13 (points) one quarter, now second quarter you can pace, you get your 14 (points) in two quarters.’
So, I’m like, ‘that’s crazy’ and I’m thinking about that in the games. So, next season I have almost 30 (PPG).”
"Break down seven points a quarter"
Melo learned how to watch film the right way through the help of Michael Jordan and averaged about 30 points a game the next season
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It isn’t surprising how Michael Jordan’s legacy continues to live on through all-time greats such as Carmelo Anthony. It also isn’t shocking at all that MJ is so willing to impart knowledge to the younger generations. For his part, Melo took Jordan’s advice to heart and the results have been nothing short of outstanding.
We’re not exactly sure when Carmelo Anthony received this bit of genius advice from the Chicago Bulls legend, but it could be sometime before Anthony’s unforgettable 2012-13 season with the New York Knicks. The 10-time All-Star ended up leading the league in scoring that season with an average of 28.7 points per game, and apparently, MJ had his fingerprints all over that one.