Drawing Unfortunate Parallel With Carmelo Anthony, 48 YO Rap Legend’s Son Sheds Light on ‘Not Getting Just Due’

Published 09/11/2023, 2:05 PM EDT

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Music and basketball belong together. It’s common practice for artists to reference sports and athletes in their songs and even name-drop them. Whether it’s the artists getting inspired by the athletes or the athletes sinking themselves into music while training or during games, they are always interlinked with each other.

Carmelo Anthony retired in 2023 after playing in the league for 19 years. Following retirement, Melo has laid low. But his name has resurfaced as this rap legend’s son compares the career of Melo and people’s perspective of him to his dad.

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During a recent interview with DJ Superstar Jay, Jadakiss’s son Jaewon shared who he and his dad’s parallels are in the basketball world. Jaewon said that he sees himself as Kiyan Anthony. He then expanded by saying, “I feel like it’s other people’s kids who’s like the Bronnys and all of that“.

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He then continued by saying that “I feel like my pops is the Melo of the industry. Like he don’t really get his just due. Like he probably won’t get it till it’s all over”. It’s true that Carmelo Anthony is underrated as a player. Following his unsuccessful last few years in the league, people are quick to forget the dominance he had in the NBA for a decade before that.

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Jaewon said that right now people have started to realize Melo’s worth, and he is getting his props. He feels like his dad is the same. He will get his props when it’s all said and done. Then he mentioned that people know who Kiyan Anthony is, but they don’t really know what he is capable of. People are waiting until he makes headlines. He feels the same, as people know him because of his dad, and people are just waiting for him to crack his way to the main stage and show people what he can do.

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Carmelo Anthony’s past and future

Carmelo was drafted by the Denver Nuggets. After a few seasons in Denver, he was traded to the New York Knicks. He is one of the best isolation scorers in the league’s history. The only thing against him is not being able to win a championship in the league. He took his team to the gold in both high school and the NCAA. But Melo failed to do the same in the NBA.

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Melo is a 10-time all-star and the ninth-leading scorer in NBA history. He is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He was also the leading scorer in Team USA before he was surpassed by Kevin Durant. Carmelo is currently training his son, Kiyan Anthony. He is ranked in the top 40 and is currently 16 years old. His highlights from his games in the summer made waves online. People could easily spot the similarity in play style with his dad.

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Rijin Varghese

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Rijin is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for over a decade. He likes to learn about the nuances of sports, understand every player's contribution to a team, and also learn the logic behind player signings and team building.
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