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Whether playing pro basketball or parenting son Kiyan, 6, the Knicks superstar knows how to keep calm and carry on.
Q. You're one of the great all-time scorers and rebounders, but what's your number one skill as a dad?
A. Staying calm. Like any kid, Kiyan tries to get away with as much as he can, which includes dribbling inside the house. I'm pretty good at not overreacting.
Q. You also have a reputation for keeping your cool on the court. What's your secret?
A. I constantly remind myself there's too much at stake—lose your temper and you could lose the game. If someone gets under my skin and I blow it, I make sure to explain to Kiyan that it was wrong. He's going to hear about it anyway—and I hope he learns from my mistakes.
Q. When it comes to parenting, who's the stronger teammate, you or your wife?
A. Lala, definitely. She's with Kiyan more during the season, and she really covers for me. I seriously appreciate the partnership we have.
Q. How do you unwind?
A. Cooking relaxes me. Spaghetti Bolognese is my specialty. Kiyan thinks I'm good at it, but all he eats are hot dogs and Tater Tots!
Q. Why was it important to you to start the Carmelo Anthony Foundation?
A. My dad passed away when I was young, and growing up with my mom I was lucky if I got shoes, let alone toys. I want to give back and help disadvantaged kids realize they can accomplish their dreams by working hard. Meeting them and hearing how the foundation has changed their lives is a great experience.
Q. You're a six-time NBA All-Star with a sneaker named after you and a wax statue at Madame Tussauds. What's been the high point of your career?
A. Winning Olympic Gold in 2008 and 2012 was pretty amazing. I keep the medals in a safe, but take them out every now and then so I can relive the moments!