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Talking to Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony with Kidsday

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony with Kidsday reporters Emily Saldin, Emma Bishop, Edward Cannon and Timmy Heuser, all from Northport, at the AMC Theater in Times Square on Dec. 20, 2013. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We talked with New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony recently.

When you were a kid, who were your favorite players?

My favorite players were Dr. J [Julius Erving], Michael Jordan, Bernard King. Those are the guys I really liked.

Do you think about scoring or winning?

Oh, winning is definitely the top of my totem pole. I think when you do your job, it will lead up to it, and when you win, that means that you did everything.

What's it like having to depend on so many people for your job?

Very hard, but you have to trust a lot of people. Even if you don't trust a lot of people, you almost have to force yourself to trust people in different situations. That's the hardest part about my job.

Does your number have any special meaning?

Yes it does. Seven is the date that my son was born, my son's birthday. In a broader sense, seven, it also means that it's perfection, pleasing. So I felt that when I got here to New York, I was able to continue on.

Do you always want to take the last shot in your game?

Yes, absolutely. I love taking the last shot. I love the pressure. I love those moments.

What's your favorite memory of playing basketball?

My favorite memory -- I would say winning a championship in college would be my favorite memory.

Do you miss playing for Denver?

I don't miss playing for Denver, but I miss those days, those times. When I was there, I spent 7 1/2 years there. That's where I started my career. It will always be that part of me that I won't forget.

What are your interests outside of basketball?

I love movies, video games, some other stuff I can't tell the kids. Being with family. Basically just having fun.

Do you want to stay in New York?

Of course. Yes, I want to stay.

When did you know you wanted to be a basketball player?

I always played basketball. I never believed that I would be an NBA player until I got into college. That's when I started believing.

Do the Knicks have what it takes to win the championships?

I think we do. It takes time to get everything together, put all the pieces together.

Can you hear cheering and booing during the game?

Yeah. You hear it, it's just a matter of what you do when you hear it. Some people hear it, react differently toward it. For me, I just hear a bunch of noise. You hear boos and it's going to happen during the course of the game. So when people are doing that you just . . . [it's] a bunch of noise.

You're a tall guy -- who do you look up to?

I look up to a lot of people. I look up to my brothers, my friends, mentors that I have, advisers that I talk to. Those are the people that get me going from day to day.

Who has been your biggest supporter from the beginning of your career?

Friends, family . . . My wife has been one of my biggest supporters, Michael Jordan has been a great inspiration and supporter to me.

What made you choose basketball over other sports?

I played baseball first. That was the sport I really love. I wanted to play baseball. I wanted to be a baseball player. But then as I got older I started playing basketball and just fell in love with basketball. I never looked back.

Who encouraged you the most to become the star you are now?

No one person. I think just observing, watching and learning from different people. And then just try and incorporate some of the stuff into my games.

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