RIF: How did you get to be such a good basketball player?
Carmelo Anthony: Well, believe it or not, I played basketball just for the fun of it. I played basketball, baseball, and football. I was a big baseball fanatic. I had a growth spurt of 5 inches in high school. Until then, I never really liked basketball that much until my junior year in high school. I didn't take it that seriously. I never thought basketball would take me to the point I’m at now.
RIF: What's your favorite part about playing basketball?
CA: I played just for the fun of it as a kid. Now, I think it’s the competition, the challenges. I love challenges. I think the better the competition, the better I get.
RIF: What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
CA: It was One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.
RIF: What do you like to read now — books, magazines, newspapers, websites?
CA: I read a couple books a year. The book that I'm reading now is The 48 Laws Of Power. I read magazines and newspapers as well.
RIF: You spend a lot of time on the road. Do you like to read while you're traveling? Do you trade books with other players?
CA: When I'm on the plane I try to read magazines. Not just sports magazines, business magazines, too. I like to read the Fortune 500 magazine. I like to check out the opportunities out there. No, I don’t trade books with players.
RIF: Where is your favorite place to read?
CA: I have a room upstairs with just a couch and a table. I go up there to read sometimes when I want to get away from everybody. That's kind of like my meditation room, my sanctuary.
RIF: Do you like to read about sports?
CA: Sure, I like to read about sports, but I read about other things, too.
RIF: What advice do you have for kids who say they don't like to read?
CA: It’s an important skill you can use your whole life.
RIF: What are the Family Resource Centers and why do you support them?
CA: The Family Resource Centers, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to family and children’s support services. I decided to partner with this group because I can relate to the people they help. I’m very blessed to be paid to do what I love to do, play basketball. I now have the opportunity to help others who are less fortunate than me.