Please welcome Carmelo Anthony!
-♪ -(cheering, applause)
Thank you. Thank you.
MAN (chanting):Melo! Melo!
Melo! Melo! Melo!
Welcome to the show, sir.
I'm glad I can be here today.
Oh, man, they're gladyou could be here.
Are you kidding? We're gladyou could be here.
-(applause and cheering)-Are you kidding me?
This is...this is a dream come...
I knew about Melo, my man,
before I even knewwhat basketball was, man.
Thank you for being here.
-I like that. I like that.-This is insane.
Your huge all over the world,you've done great things.
Before we get even...even get into it,
congrats on your gold medal.That's an exciting...
-Thank you. Thank you.-Yeah.
-(cheering, applause)-Gold medal at the Olympics.
I want to know, on the real,was, like, was Zika, like,
a thing that you were...you were stressed about at all?
-No, no. At first, I was.-Yeah.
But once we got over there,
once I started talking to,like, the locals
and the people that wasover there, it was, like...
They felt disrespectedthat we kept talking about Zika.
So once, you know,they cleared that.
They cleared the air,and then, you know,
after the first day, you didn'thear anything about Zika.
Yeah, it looked likeit was blast.
There was a big difference,I noticed,
when watchingthe Olympic basketball.
And that is, you have fewerpeople on the sidelines
telling you to dowhat they think is easy to do.
'Cause, like, at the Olympics,
everyone was just like,"Whoa! Ah! Oh! Ah!"
-But then, I've been... I'vebeen to a Knicks game. -Yeah.
And I've sat next to guyswho are like,
"Melo, shoot it!Just dunk it in, Melo!
Do you hear those people?
Of course you hear 'em.
(laughter,applause and cheering)
I'm always wondering,like, I genuinely...
I genuinely want to know-- whensome guy is sitting on the side
with, like, his popcornand his giant drink, he's,
"Come on, Melo,you could have blocked that!"
What are you thinking?
Oh, it's...I've had so much fun.
I come to the gamesand I watch you,
and what you guys do is amazing,it's one of the, you know,
the hardest things in the world.
Um, but I thinkeven tougher than that
is, you know, the stance thatyou've taken as sportsmen.
A lot of people saw yourselfand... and Wade
and, uh, you know, and, uh,LeBron come out on stage,
-and Paul, and you guys...-Mm-hmm.
you guys stood togetherand you took a stand,
and, I mean,that's a scary place to be,
and as a sportsman,you stood up and you said, "Hey,
"with regards to violence, withregards to police shootings,
"with regards to everythingthat's happening
in this country,we can do more."
Why would you do that?
Well, we actually wanted to kindof just use that platform...
I mean,just to back up a little bit,
we didn't even know thatwe was gonna do the ESPYs.
I had no intentionsof going to the ESPYs at all.
And then, you know, a coupleof guys called me and texted me
and said, "Listen, this isa platform where, you know,
"we can really haveour voices be heard
"and really send a messageand really, um...
-"you know, just try to createsomething, just... -Yeah.
create some awarenessof what's going on." And...
You-you didn't comefrom a wealthy background.
You didn't come from a worldwhere you had anything.
You're in a space where you'vedone really well for yourself.
You have money,you have opportunities.
You know that you could justkeep quiet and play basketball.
I mean, it's gone well now,and people understand
that this is a movementthat needs to be supported.
But isn't there a split secondwhere you, as Carmelo, go,
"Man, the endorsements could begone, the fans could be gone."
-Isn't there a bit of fear?-Well, at-at first, it was...
at first, you got to reallykind of put it into perspective.
There's so many thingsand tragedies that's happened
throughout our-our country,you know,
over the past couple years,
and I-I can't speakon everything.
-I can't stand up for everythingthat's-that's going on. -Yeah.
But it's not untilsomething really happens to you
in your backyard.
And in-in this case, it wasthe Freddie Gray situation
back in Baltimore,where I was like, "Okay,
e-enough is enough."
This has really affected me,
because it's in my backyard.
I know these people,I know the families,
I know the community like that.
Uh, so I wanted...I wanted to get back there
a-as soon as possible
and-and really feelwhat the pressure was like
after the riotsand feel that tension
that was going on back there.
And I tell you what,I-I would never, ever, you know,
wish that on anybody.
Now, um, moving a-away from someof the sadder stuff, I guess,
what's-what's really powerful,on your side,
is you've-you'vegotten involved.
Like you say, everyone wants youto be involved in everything,
but you've got a lotof your own stuff going on.
You've gotthe Carmelo Anthony Foundation
that's doing some really amazingwork. Could you tell us,
-uh, some about that? -Yeah,well, we... I mean, I started
the Carmelo Anthony Foundationmaybe almost ten years ago.
Uh, and it took me a whileto really figure out exactly
-what I wanted to do,what I wanted to create. -Yeah.
Uh, but I realized sports,in-in a lot of sense,
is a connector betweena lot of different things
that's going on in the world.
Uh, so I wanted to go out thereand build basketball courts,
so we created k...Court for Kids,
where we'd go back intounderprivileged neighborhoods
and we refurbishtheir basketball court,
we bring the community out,we let the kids cut the ribbons,
and we... It-it... You know,it's-it's a good feeling,
-it's a good thing,because it's... -Yeah.
Kids don't want to be outsideno more. Let's just...
let's just face it. They wantto be on tablets and phones
and then all of that, so...
-I know when I grew up,I was outside every day. -Yeah.
My mom used to, uh, roll...you know, lift the window up
and yell, "Melo, get in...you know, get in this house."
-You know... We wanted to beoutside. -Just, like, scream...
-Every mom, every momwas doing that. -I know.
Every mom was... Mom... "Getyour ass back in this house!
Get your ass back in..."
You also have to be back beforesundown? That was my rule.
I was in a little bitdifferent situation, man.
I was... You know, I gr... I...
You know, the-the waythat I was growing up
-was a little different...little different, so... -Yeah.
Yeah, man. You're a...you're-you're an inspiration
to many people--what you're doing, what you...
you know, the way you're puttingyourself out there.
And, uh, as someonewho's been lucky enough
to call New York my home,I, uh... big supporter
of what you... I'll beon the sideline screaming,
telling you to dunk the ball.So, uh...
I won't tell... I won't tell youto be quiet though.
Appreciate that, man.