NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony and his ex wife, movie and television star LaLa Anthony married in 2010 after seven years of dating. The first years 7 plus years of their relationship were spent in the mild and quaint city of Denver, with Melo the star player of the Denver Nuggets. But following a February 2011 blockbuster trade Melo was dealt to the New York Knicks, “the city that never sleeps”. In fact both Carmelo and La La are natives of Brooklyn, having both been born in the borough.
Melo took it a step further playing has one-year of college in upstate New York at Syracuse. But it was the move from Denver to NYC that La La believes played a huge factor in their subsequent divorce.
During a recent appearance on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast for a segment called “Life After Professional Athletes,” the Power and The Chi actress spoke candidly about that move and the negative effects it had on her marriage to Melo.
“When we lived here in New York under all of that attention, that’s when things became complicated. I think that was kind of the start, now that I look back, that was kind of the start of the demise of the marriage.”
Anthony continued ….
“It is the hardest with the scrutiny and the media and the press, just everything. It is really hard. That’s not the only reason things didn’t work out, but things got tough with New York…just constantly being under the spotlight and people watching everything.”
Living in Denver and NYC are two completely different things, and as Anthony stated the press is bigger, the stage is bigger, and point blank the nightlife and temptations are different as well. And while we’re not insinuating that was a distraction in their marriage, it’s a real thing. There’s a reason it’s long been referred to as the “city that never sleeps.”
La La Talks About Sleepness Nights Of Being An NBA Wife:
Being an NBA player means you could be in four to five cities a week with your respective team. That means different time zones, and again different nightlife and temptations there as well. Anthony admits to having what she referred to as “sleepness nights,” when Melo traveled to different cities.
“I never slept. It’s so funny, I use to think certain cities, like oh, those are the problem cities, Miami, I’d be like, Oh, I’m definitely not sleeping tonight or I’m going to figure out a way to get there.”
“But here’s what I found, dear. Be careful with these cities that you think don’t have as much going on, because those are the ones where the s—t is going down.”
That was said in response to podcast host Alex Cooper saying athletes had “situationships” in other cities.
Anthony Says Her And Melo Are Co-Parenting Friends
During the interview, Anthony also talked about her good friend Ciara who’s married to Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson, and their bond being something she’s never witnessed.
La La seems to be in a good head space and she’s now focused on co-parenting 15-year-old son Kiyan, a 2025 four-star recruit who currently plays at the legendary Christ The King high school in New York.
As for Melo he’s awaiting a shot with another after spending last season with good friend LeBron James and the underachieving Los Angeles Lakers.