Cole Anthony Father: All About Greg Anthony!

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An American former professional basketball player Greg Anthony is the father of Orlando Magic’s point guard Cole Anthony.

Greg currently serves as a television commentator for NBA TV and Turner Sports, which means he is not on the verge of leaving the sports world anytime soon.

Aside from that, Greg contributes to Yahoo! Sports as a colligate basketball analyst.

The University of Nevada alum played 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) before hanging his boots for good.

Former NBA Player Greg Anthony
Former NBA Player Greg Anthony (Source: Awful Announcing)

Did you know Greg was detained in D.C., and charged with soliciting a prostitute on January 16, 2015, nearly ending his broadcasting career? More on this in the section below!

Talking about his son Cole, he is a born fighter. At birth, his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, affecting his heart rate and nearly choking him to death.

However, Cole pulled through the worst and has emerged as one of the best overall point guards in the NBA.

For more intriguing information, please read the whole article and do not forget to go through the facts table below.

Cole Anthony Father | Quick Facts

Birth Name Gregory Carlton Anthony
Known As Greg Anthony
Date of Birth November 15, 1967
Birthplace Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Religion Catholic
Sexual Orientation Straight
Father Name Not Available
Mother Name  Not Available
Gender Male
Age 56 Years Old
Profession Former NBA Player
Famous For  Father of NBA Player Cole Anthony, Former NBA Player
Nationality American
Education Rancho High School (North Las Vegas, Nevada), University of Portland, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Height 6 ft. 1 in/1.85 m/185 cm
Weight 180 lb./82 kg
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Build Large
Marital Status Married
Wife Crystal McCrary (Cole’s Mother), Chere Lucas Anthony
Children Four (Cole Anthony & Ella Anthony and Two From Previous Marriage)
Zodiac Sign  Scorpio
Played For New York Knicks (1991-1995)

Vancouver Grizzlies (1995-1997)

Seattle Supersonics (1997-1998)

Portland Trail Blazers (1999-2001)

Chicago Bull (2001-2002)

Milwaukee Bucks (2002)

Position Point Guard
NBA Stats  Points: 5,497

Assists: 2,997

Steals: 887

NBA Draft 1991/Round:1/Pick:12th Overall
Roster Status Retired
Jersey Number 2, 50
Playing Career 1991–2002
Net Worth Unknown
Social Media InstagramTwitter
Merch  Signed Card
Last Update May 2024

Cole Anthony Father | Early Life, Education & Body Measurements

Father Greg Anthony was born Gregory Carlton Anthony in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, on November 15, 1967.

Not much is known about his family background, but it is known that he went to Rancho High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After high school graduation, he played his freshman year of college basketball at the University of Portland.

Greg Anthony College Basketball
Greg Anthony College Basketball (Source: Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame)

His freshman year went quite well, as he was the WCC Freshman of the Year.

However, he later transferred to the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and advanced college basketball with Runnin’ Rebels.

With Greg, the Rebels won the 1990 NCAA Championship against Duke University’s Duke Blue Devils.

Greg graduated from UNLV with a degree in political science which makes sense as he aspired to enter politics and wanted to become Nevada’s first black Senator.

And this political journey of his started while he was still in college.

Body Measurements

Greg Anthony is 56 years old as of 2024. He stands 1.85 meters tall and weighs around 180 lbs.

As a November-born, Greg falls under the Scorpio sun sign known for being determined, brave, and loyal.

Cole Anthony Father | Career

Even though Greg aspired to enter politics, he pursued basketball professionally.

After an exceptional high school career, he initially played for the University of Portland and then for the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

While in college, he was a three-time All-Big West performer and third-Team All-America.

During summer break, Greg interned at the World Economic Summit and Capitol Hill for American Republican politician Barbara Vucanovich.

Also, he was into business while still at UNLV. In fact, he began a silk screening and a T-shirt business at the time, which earned him enough money to pay for his tuition.

Greg Anthony For Portland Trail Blazers 2000
Greg Anthony For Portland Trail Blazers 2000 (Source: Twitter)

His entrepreneurial endeavor not just helped him earn money but also earned an athletic scholarship in college.

After college Greg was drafted by the Knicks in the first round of the 1991 NBA Draft.

In 1995, he was chosen second overall in the expansion draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies.

Aside from these two, he played for Seattle Supersonics, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, and Milwaukee Bucks but mostly off the bench.

After eleven seasons with different teams in the NBA, he ultimately retired in 2002.

Cole Anthony Father | Other Pursuits

After retirement from organized basketball, Greg joined ESPN Network as an analyst.

Similarly, he made his college basketball analyst debut on December 13, 2008, for CBS Sports replacing Clark Kellogg.

Greg Anthony Broadcasting Turner Sports
Greg Anthony Broadcasting Turner Sports (Source: Sports Illustrated)

He also joined the likes of Ian Eagle, Mike Fratello, and Jim Spanarkel as a color commentator for the YES Network, covering the Brooklyn Nets for the 2012–2013 season.

Furthermore, he has been featured as a commentator in the NBA 2K video games series since NBA 2K16.

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Cole Anthony Father | Politics & Controversy


As mentioned before, Greg always aspired to enter politics.

He has been active in politics since his college days.

In fact, he served as the vice chairman of Nevada’s Young Republicans. He is an active Republican.

Greg publicly endorsed Republican candidate Mitt Romney in a 2012 presidential run.


Greg Anthony was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute on January 16, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

This arrest nearly ended his broadcasting career, with CBS and Turner Sports indefinitely suspending Anthony.

However, he reached a deferred prosecution agreement on February 11.

Nevertheless, the agreement implied only if he completed 32 hours of community service and stayed out of trouble for four months.

And from the looks of it, Anthony did his part.

Short Bio On Cole Anthony

The Orlando Magic’s point guard Cole Anthony was born on May 15, 2000, in Portland, Oregon.

His father, Greg, was playing for the Portland Trail Blazers at the time.

Cole grew up in a wealthy household, as his father was an up-and-coming NBA player at the time. The family moved to Manhattan when Cole was just a toddler.

Cole Anthony
Greg’s Son Cole Anthony (Source:

Even though he pursued basketball professionally, he initially played baseball. It was in fifth grade he switched to basketball.

Cole played colligate basketball for North Carolina Tar Hills men’s basketball team.

In 2020, he was drafted by the Orlando Magic as the 15th overall in the first round.

Similarly, he played for the United States national team at the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Americas Championship in Ontario, Canada, where he won a gold.

Cole Anthony Father | Marriage & Children

Greg Anthony married a dermatologist Chere Lucas Anthony with whom he has one son and a daughter.

Chere Lucas Anthony
Chere Lucas Anthony Greg’s Wife (Source: Boca Florida » Boca Local Guide)

He has another two children from his former marriage, a lawyer and author Crystal McCrary; Ella Anthony, born in 2002, and Cole Anthony, born on May 15, 2000.

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Cole Anthony Father | Net Worth

As of 2024, the former NBA star Greg Anthony has a net worth of a staggering $10 million.

Eleven seasons in the NBA proved quite lucrative for Greg as he earned an enormous amount to lead a comfortable life and provide for his family.

In total, he earned $18,592,250 in NBA salaries and incentives.

His peak NBA salary with Portland Trail Blazers was a whopping $3.5 million, which he earned during the 2000-2001 season.

Similarly, his broadcasting career certainly earns quite handsome each year.

As for Cole, there is no exact number regarding his net worth.

However, we do know that he earns close to $4 million in annual salary from Orlando Magic.

On November 21, 2020, he signed four years $15,887,971 contract with the team, including $15,887,971 guaranteed and an annual average salary of $3,971,993.

Likewise, in the 2022-23 season, Anthony will earn a base salary of $3,613,680.

As of this writing, his career earnings sit at $10,348,200, which seems quite impressive given the fact that he’s played in the league for just three seasons.

Cole Anthony Father | Social Media Presence

As a former ball player and broadcaster, Greg Anthony seems quite active on social media, Twitter and Instagram in particular.

The man has over 16.4k Instagram followers and over 201.7k Twitter followers as of this writing.


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Likewise, young Cole is active on almost all social media platforms.

Cole has more than 724k Instagram and 87.1k Twitter followers.

He shares his vacation, games, and casual pictures on Instagram, which his fans adore.

Unknown Facts

  • Cole Anthony ranked fourth overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite.
  • Similarly, he was named a third-team All-American by USA Today.
  • Cole’s father serves as co-host and analyst on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Where did Cole Anthony grow up?

Cole’s family moved to Manhattan, New York, while he was a toddler, where he grew up in a posh penthouse.

Was Cole on TV as a kid?

Cole was eleven when he appeared in a 2013 Nickelodeon documentary, Little Ballers, directed by his mother, Crystal McCrary. The documentary featured Cole’s New York-based AAU team, New Heights.

Why is Cole Anthony out?

Point guard for Orlando Magic, Cole Anthony, suffered a right internal oblique muscle injury in late October 2022.

It is ambiguous when exactly the it occurred, but during the fourth quarter in Cleveland, Cole had his shot blocked on a drive, fell awkwardly, and stayed down.

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