Two Knicks, zero pizza. - Bruce Bennett
Here's an unusual bit of post-game intelligence following the Knicks' win over the Hornets. Though no one specifically asked about it, both Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony revealed they'd been restricting their diets recently. First, Amar'e Stoudemire told reporters he's been keeping vegan for the last three months. He says it gives him more energy. Cool. If you ever see Amar'e doing that "feed me" gesture again, know that he's asking for quinoa.
Carmelo Anthony's dietary admission is a bit more interesting. He shared today that he's been "fasting" for fifteen days, purportedly for spiritual reasons. That's done now, though. Now he wants a huge steak. As Melo himself acknowledged, it's pretty tough to play a professional sport on limited caloric intake, so...why? Melo cited a desire for "clarity in his life", but there's more.
Deadspin's Isaac Rauch has a good memory. He reminds us that Melo had a rough stretch as a Nugget a couple seasons ago (incidentally, his last two weeks definitely haven't been all bad, but he's been starting games poorly) and revealed afterward that he'd been observing the Daniel Fast. From the look of things, that means eating just fruit and vegetables and drinking only water for a couple weeks, which...yeah, that'll deplete a 230-pound body. Anthony didn't refer specifically to that regimen this afternoon, but whatever he was doing may have been similar and may very well have been affecting his play (and even his temperament, right? I want that one-game suspension back!). Whatever it was, it's over now. Steak time. Eat some pizza, too, Melo. Everyone needs pizza. If you don't eat pizza, your pizza-processing organ (pancreas, I bet) stops functioning, and that's no good.