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Carmelo's Way: How Baltimore's Carmelo Anthony found himself and countered critics at the Olympics

Carmelo's Way: How Baltimore's Carmelo Anthony found himself and countered critics at the Olympics

In the fifth grade, my lips were chapped and 50 Cent's debut album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" spun feverishly in my Walkman. I was finally able to shoot free throws without having to jump and I started to figure how to effectively use curse words. Allen Iverson was the face of the NBA in Michael Jordan's absence and everyone cut the ends off knee-high socks to make DIY arm sleeves and sported headbands. This became the turning point for the culture of the NBA: Iverson brought hip-hop culture to the forefront with his cornrows, tattoos, and pregame outfits. He ushered in a new era of unapologetic self-expression and was responsible for the oppressive dress code then-NBA...

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