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Carmelo Anthony taps into upbringing in memoir, Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised

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The sports world knows him as a 10x NBA All-Star, three-time Olympic gold medalist, an NCAA national champion with the Syracuse Orange, an 18-year NBA veteran, a Portland Trail Blazer and an NBA icon.

But now, Carmelo Anthony is offering up the most intimate look into his life yet.

Coming this September, Anthony will release a raw and inspirational memoir titled Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised with Gallery Books. In telling that story, the Trail Blazers forward will open up about his upbringing and the inevitable dangers of growing up in the projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn and the Murphy Homes of West Baltimore, where he suffered the deaths of loved ones and friends and struggled to survive mentally and physically.

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Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised details Anthony’s experiences living amidst poverty, racism, violence, mental illness and a broken education system, and how love, community and humanity shaped him into the person he is today.

“I’m a Black kid from the bottom. I had to fight through some of the roughest housing projects in America,” Anthony said in the opening pages.


How did I, a kid who’d had so many hopes, dreams and expectations beat out of him, make it here at all?

- Carmelo Anthony

Before he was a leader and pioneer on the hardwood, Melo was just a hooper who grew up emulating his brothers and cousins. He never imagined he’d find success on the world’s greatest stage, let alone be recruited to join the NBA with slim odds of becoming a world-class athlete.

Anthony’s story is one about perseverance and it's one that resonates with anyone who has overcome immense odds to achieve success. It also sheds light on his passion to give back to those who need it most, whether it’s through community outreach, education, disaster relief initiatives and more through his Carmelo Anthony Foundation.

Rip City has gotten to know and love Carmelo since he came to Portland in 2019. Now it’s time to peel back the layers on the making of an NBA legend and the legacy he'll leave behind when he hangs up his jersey for a final time. 

Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised will hit shelves on September 14, 2021. Anthony co-wrote the book with D. Watkins, author of New York Times bestsellers like The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir and The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America.

You can preorder the book here