The Knicks are 3-4 since Carmelo began "fasting"
Many Knicks fans had been wondering why their team was getting off to such slow starts recently, as they've been outscored in 11 of their past 12 first quarters. First quarter dominance was a trademark of the Knicks' early season success, and it seems to have vanished. Part of the reason is that Carmelo Anthony - who had been on fire to start just about every game earlier in the season - has struggled to find his shot early. Carmelo started Sunday's game against the Hornets 1-10, and is 2-16 in his past two first quarters combined.
So for those of you who were wondering why Carmelo hit a streak of early game slumps, I think we have our answer - he is literally not eating food.
"I haven't had a good meal in about two and a half weeks," Carmelo said. "No meats, no carbs, anything like that. So I don't know how I was out there competing at a high level. It's been some games this past week where your body just feels depleted out there and you're trying to find a way to get some energy. But I surrender, I'm done. I'm going to get some food right now."
I'm no nutritionist, but I'm pretty sure eliminating carbs from your diet is bad for business when you play basketball for a living. The good news is that we now know Carmelo Anthony can still light up the scoreboard while malnourished. Despite his slow starts, Carmelo led all scorers in five of the six games he played while fasting.
But wait... why is he even fasting in the first place? "I usually do it to get some clarity in my life and spiritual reasons," Carmelo explained. I'm not sure I understand, but he's averaging 32.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.3 assists since he stopped eating. If a diet of water and dry salad results in those kind of numbers, go ahead and fast.
I just hope that the new carnivorous Carmelo will help this team get out to some better starts, and ultimately win some more games. The Knicks were 3-4 during his fast, and are 6-8 over their past 14.