‘Dime’ taught Carmelo everything he knows

Dime_1 Dime magazine (the “basketball lifestyle magazine”) was ahead of its time with this August 2006 cover, showing Carmelo Anthony striking a pose as a boxer—a conceit that’s somewhat embarrassing in light of Anthony’s sucker punch on Mardy Collins during the Knicks/Nuggets game on Saturday night. There’s a whole promo video from Dime posted on YouTube that was filmed at the photo shoot, in which Anthony says he’d been taking boxing lessons over the summer. Just what the NBA needs—players jumping in the ring to prepare themselves for the regular season. I wonder if Ron Artest was Anthony’s summer sparring partner. UPDATE: Anthony’s punch has gotten him a 15-game suspension.

—Posted by Tim Nudd