Carmelo Anthony Admits He's Been Fasting for Past 15 Days, Amar'e a Vegan

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2013

As the New York Knicks have faltered over the past few games, Carmelo Anthony revealed that he has been fasting for the past two weeks, leaving him low on energy.

Anthony told the media about his recent diet change after the Knicks' 100-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets Sunday afternoon, as that game started with a familiar sight: a slow-starting Carmelo.

Of course, he finally did pull himself together and helped the Knicks end their three-game skid, but the admission came as some surprise to a lot of folks.

Many people will be pleased to hear, however, that Carmelo is going back to eating after the Knicks beat the Hornets. Via Adam Zagoria of SNY TV:

I haven’t had a good meal in about two-and-a-half weeks. No meats, no carbs, anything like that. So I don’t know how I was out there competing at 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 going to get me the biggest steak I can possibly get.

With New York struggling to string wins together, many have been looking for reasons as to why, and this admission by Anthony might just be something to take a look at.

He started out shooting an ugly 1-of-7 from the floor against the Hornets, scoring just two points, and he went 1-of-9 with two points in the first quarter in their previous game, a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

After the first quarters in those two games, Anthony combined for 62 points on a cumulative 21-of-41 shooting from the floor.

So there were slow starts involved, but he mostly rounded into shape throughout the games and ended up having fine outings throughout the course of this fast.

If we go back 15 days, it would put us back to December 30. Since then, the Knicks are just 3-4, but all their losses have come against teams in the playoff race, so it's not like they aren't inexcusable.

Carmelo has averaged 32 points per game in that stretch, and while he's shot well below his season average at just over 42 percent, he hasn't been the problem with the Knicks.

It's the injury bug biting, the ball fizzing around the perimeter with less vim and vigor, and three-pointers just not falling at the same rate as the previous two months.

If anything, it's almost impressive that Anthony kept his production up so high over the course of his two-and-a-half week or so fast. It must be hard to sink free throws or get to the rim late in games with no meat or carbs to help him along.

The knee-jerk reaction is to call it a bad thing, but he seemed to play well enough in the last six games (he was suspended for one of the seven games in the past 15 days), so it seems hard to criticize the guy if there's not much drop-off in production to speak of.

Of course, not to be outdone, Amar'e Stoudemire also admitted to a change in diet in the recent past.

Amar'e Stoudemire says he went vegan about 3 months ago. Says it gives him more energy than before.

— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) January 13, 2013

Apparently, however, in addition to any animal products, switching to a vegan diet means he has to refrain from gobbling up too many rebounds as well.