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The Manhattan native, Carmelo Iriarte, is the late father of professional basketball player Carmelo Anthony who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

Carmelo was named to the 75 Greatest Players in NBA History in 2022.

Iriarte died of cancer when Anthony was just two. 

Anthony’s early life was not accustomed as a single mother raised him and his four siblings after his father made his demise.

From Left, Carmelo Anthony, his Mother Mary Anthony and his Father Carmelo Iriarte
From Left, Carmelo Anthony, his Mother, Mary Anthony, and his Father, Carmelo Iriarte (Source:

Please stick to the end of the article to know more about the father of NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony.

Also, have a brief rundown of the informative, quick facts about Carmelo Iriarte.

Carmelo Iriarte | Quick Facts

Full Name Carmelo Iriarte
Known As Carmelo Iriarte
Date of Birth Not available
Birth Place Manhattan 
Nick Name Not available
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed
Zodiac Sign  Unknown
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Dark Brown
Marital Status Married
Sexual Orientation Straight
Wife’s Name Mary Anthony
Kids Four (Wilford, Michelle, Robert, and Carmelo)
Former Profession Not available
Carmelo Anthony’s Social Media  InstagramTwitter
Merch of Carmelo Anthony Signed Book “Where Tomorrows Arent Promised: A Memoir of Survival and Hope,” Signed ESPN Magazine, Signed Baseball Card
Last Update April 2024

Who is Carmelo Anthony?

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American-born professional basketball player who plays as small/power forward in the NBA.

He has to date, played for 19 seasons in total with six different NBA teams, the last one being the Los Angeles Lakers.

Anthony is one of the most prominent players in the NBA, and in 2022 he was regarded as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history.

Similarly, Anthony ranks ninth on the all-time NBA scoring list.

Carmelo Anthony (Source:
Carmelo Anthony For Los Angeles Lakers (Source:

According to Forbes magazine, Anthony positions among the most paid players in the NBA.

As for his education, Anthony attended Towson Catholic High School, where he was a star player garnering honors such as Baltimore Sun’s Metro Player of the Year and Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year.

His professional career began when Anthony was drafted into NBA by the Denver Nuggets in 2003.

He was outstanding as a rookie, received accolades like NBA Rookie of the Year and Rookie of the Month, and was elected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. 

After seven long years with the Nuggets, he was traded to New York Knicks.

Aside from that, Carmelo has played for Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, and Los Angeles Lakers.

Net Worth

As of April 2024, Carmelo Anthony has a net worth of a staggering $160 million.

Carmelo primarily earns through his NBA salaries and brand deals with top-tier brands and companies.

During the peak of his career, i.e., the 2017-2018 season, he earned an annual salary of $26 million.

Carmelo has to date, earned $262,523,093 from NBA salaries and incentives alone, enough to make him one of the top NBA earners.

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Carmelo Anthony Father | Carmelo Iriarte

Carmelo Iriarte was born in Manhattan to Puerto Rican parents.

He was of Spanish, African, and indigenous ancestry, and some of his roots traced to Venezuela.

Anthony had four children with his wife, Mary Anthony. His wife, Mary, is of African-American ethnicity.

His four children are Wilford, Michelle, Robert, and Carmelo, with Carmelo being the youngest.

Carmelo Iriarte wife, Mary and son Carmelo Anthony (Source:
Late Carmelo Iriarte’s Wife, Mary, and Son Carmelo Anthony (Source:

As mentioned earlier, Iriarte died when his youngest son Carmelo was only two years old. 

Similarly, after Iriarte’s death, he left all his responsibility to his wife, Mary.

Carmelo Iriarte | Career

According to some sources, Anthony’s father, Iriarte, was a poet. And after his demise, Anthony inherited a book of poems his father had written.

Likewise, he also made a concerted step to learn further about his Puerto Rican heritage, making a number of tours of the country to excavate his roots and ancestry.

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Social Media Presence

While Iriarte is no more, his children post about him on their social media often in his remembrance.

His youngest Carmelo has over 7.8 million followers on Instagram and over 9.2 million on Twitter as of this writing.


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Anthony’s Relationship With His Father

Anthony’s relationship with his father is somewhat underwhelming. His father, who shared the same name as his son Anthony, died too early.

Anthony has vague memories of his father. Well, it’s absurd to think of a two-year-old remembering long-lost moments.

Carmelo Anthony's late father, Iriarte (Source: Pinterest)
Carmelo Anthony’s Late Father, Iriarte (Source: Pinterest)

Carmelo often spills his love-filled in his heart for his father via social media platforms. He asserts his father to be his role model.


How many 50-point games does Carmelo Anthony have?

Carmelo has played 4 games with 50+ points

Is Carmelo Anthony philanthropic?

Anthony has a pretty good heart and has often donated his millions to natural calamities victims, nonprofit organizations, and the local community.

What happened to Carmelo Anthony’s sister?

Carmelo Anthony’s sister, unfortunately, died in 2010. However, the cause of the death was not disclosed.

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