After all, the New York Knicks' All-Star forward helped spearhead that electric moment at the 2016 ESPYs, where he and friends LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul stressed Black Lives Matter and pleaded for other athletes to be more involved in their communities to help stop the violence. In April 2015, Melo also marched in Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore, where the NBA superstar grew up.
So, what does a woke Anthony think about Trump and his divisiveness now presiding in the Oval Office?
Well, now isn't the time to panic, according to the 14-year NBA vet.
"Now it's our responsibility as men and women take it into our own hands, be role models and be our own leaders at this point, regardless of kind of who's the commander in chief," Anthony told the media Wednesday, as reported by ESPN. "I think we have more of a responsibility now, especially with the youth and kind of educating them. I've talked to youth, I've talked to kids [Wednesday], this morning, my family. You could just hear kind of the nervousness. They're afraid. They don't know what to think. People don't know what to do at this point. So, I think it's up to us as individuals to kind of just take that responsibility and lead, everybody got to lead in their own way. We can't rely on a system or one person. We got to move on from that."
Melo added that "we can't stop working."
"I am a big believer in worrying about the things you can control, and I think in this situation, we as people have to worry about things we can control," Anthony added. "We can't control what's going to happen. But that don't mean that we have to stop [pursuing social causes] just because somebody is in the position now that we might not agree with, we might not like, we might not want in that position. The work has to start right now, and it's going to be even harder, but we can't stop working."
Although the Knicks' All-Star has a working blueprint in mind for how to deal with the next four years, he — like J.R. Smith and many parents across the country — is still figuring out how to provide answers to his child.
After all, how do you explain to a kid that an ex-reality TV star, who has made racist, sexist and xenophobic statements, is slated to be our 45th president?
"This morning him having questions, it's a conversation we're all going to have to have with our kids," Anthony said about his and wife LaLa Anthony's young son, Kiyan. "What is that conversation? That's the scary part for me. What is that conversation?”
While Melo will have to delve deeper for what to tell his son, at least he does have a plan for how to spark much-needed change.
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