Carmelo Anthony begins his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets in 2003, and is a ten-time NBA All Star and a four-time Olympian. His memoir, Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised, traces his history from a childhood in Red Hook, Brooklyn to the beginnings of his NBA career. With considerable use of basketball jargon and casual street language, the work examines the dynamics of his success vis à vis the racism, poverty and crime in his experience. How is his success even possible?
The story begins with Carmelo as a five-year-old kid joyously running around the courts to the annoyance of older kids playing the game. His mom practices an open-door policy for anyone who needs a place to stay or something to eat, and this makes their apartment a special place for Carmelo, who spends hours learning about life by observing it through the apartment windows.
His brother, Wolf, and his cousin Luck are excellent basketballers, and Carmelo idolizes them. His sister, Michelle, watches out for him, and his mother is a generous and considerate community pillar. But another brother, Justice, winds up in prison because of gunplay, and his cousin, Luck is killed in a fight.
There are more deaths and frequent instances where Carmelo sees violence, drug-dealing, and other crimes. While his family and friends often advise him to avoid similar behavior, he is nevertheless close to situations which could easily subsume him. Happily, Carmelo is able to see and admire the beauty and resilience, the compassion and perseverance that is no less a part of his community.
There is significant attention to the details of the games, teams, tournaments, coaches, schools and teachers of the story, from grade school to the university. Although he places real value on education, he grows to recognize that it is an extension of his athletic path.
Throughout his life, Carmelo Anthony relies on basketball as a means of gaining direction, and as he does, he gets better and better at the sport. As he becomes regarded as one of the most valued players in the country, bypassing the formidable competition generated by the vast numbers of others seeking the same path, he rejects the conceit that could easily attach to such a position, preferring to keep his innate humility.
Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised is a story that shows how, even when great handicaps exist, when risks and obstacles are overwhelming, when difficulties are huge and sadness is pervasive, when tomorrows are threatened rather than promised, an individual can prevail and succeed with tenacity and hope. Ultimately, it is a work of profound encouragement.
From iconic NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony comes a raw and inspirational memoir about growing up in the housing projects of Red Hook and Baltimore—a brutal world Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised.
For a long time, Carmelo Anthony’s world wasn’t any larger than the view of the hoopers and hustlers he watched from the side window of his family’s first-floor project apartment in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He couldn’t dream any bigger than emulating his older brothers and cousin, much less going on to become a basketball champion on the world stage.
He faced palpable dangers growing up in the housing projects in Red Hook and West Baltimore’s Murphy Homes (a.k.a. Murder Homes, subject of HBO’s The Wire). He navigated an education system that ignored, exploited, or ostracized him. He suffered the untimely deaths of his closely held loved ones. He struggled to survive physically and emotionally. But with the strength of family and the guidance of key mentors on the streets and on the court, he pushed past lethal odds to endure and thrive.
By the time Carmelo found himself at the NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden in 2003 preparing to embark on his legendary career, he wondered: How did a kid who’d had so many hopes, dreams, and expectations beaten out of him by a world of violence, poverty, and racism make it here at all?
Carmelo’s story is one of perseverance and determination; of dribbling past players bigger and tougher than him, while also weaving around vial caps and needles strewn across the court; where dealers and junkies lined one side of the asphalt and kids playing jacks and Double Dutch lined the other; where rims had no nets, and you better not call a foul—a place Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised.
About the Author
A leader, pioneer, and champion on the basketball court, Carmelo Anthony has led a storied career as both a ten-time NBA All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist. Anthony’s incredible career on the court has paved the way for his many other brands, business ventures, and philanthropic efforts on a global platform, but lesser known are the seemingly immeasurable odds the All-Star overcame growing up amidst poverty, racism, violence, mental illness, and a broken education system. Anthony’s roots propel his passion for giving back to those who need it most, and in 2005 he founded The Carmelo Anthony Foundation as a vehicle for actionable change through a variety of community outreach programs, disaster relief initiatives, and donations. Today, Anthony remains a leading voice at the forefront of the ongoing fight for social justice, championing actionable change that pushes society and the next generation forward.
“In his debut, NBA All-Star Anthony shoots and scores… Anthony’s humility shines throughout his narrative. Those in search of inspiration will find no shortage of it here.”—Publishers Weekly
"A timely and inspiring true story about perseverance, passion, and what it takes to achieve greatness, against all odds."—Venus Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Come to Win and tennis champion
“An inspirational, engaging story from a straight shooter.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Where tomorrow’s Aren’t Promised is gold. Most people understand the details of Carmelo's hall of fame career, but what is often missed are the details of his remarkable life. This book is filled with insights and inspirations that will leave you compelled, motivated, and breathless. That’s exactly what it did for me.”—Wes Moore, New York Times bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore
“An excellent book telling a definitive urban icon story—the athlete with hope and hustle finding a way to his dreams.”—Raekwon The Chef, author of From Staircase to Stage