If you’ve seen the HBO series “The Wire”, then you understand the Baltimore that Carmelo Anthony. Gangs and drugs ran rampant and threatened the lives of every kid growing up there. His mother was determined not to let that happen to her boy.
She knew he loved basketball, and he was talented enough he might just make it. She was so certain that she promised to ban ‘Melo from playing basketball at all if he ever got into any trouble.