In an incident which landed him with a 15 game suspension, Carmelo sucker-punched Mardy Collins of the New York Knicks after then-coach Isiah Thomas encouraged his team to foul hard due to his perception of the Denver Nuggets running up the score late in the game. Because of the suspension, Denver traded for guard Allen Iverson, and then subsequently had two of the highest scorers in the league on one team. The move ultimately did not work out and resulted in the trade of Iverson for Chauncy Billups.
Melo was then seen in the league as a bully and a thug, furthering the thuggish bad boy image of the Denver Nuggets.
He is on Team Jordan where he has numerous shoe and clothing lines. He also won a national championship at Syracuse University his freshman year, which has lead many to believe he has the ability to do the same on the professional stage.
Johnny: "Dude, she really Carmelo Anthony'd you on that deal."