By Miki Turner
Special to Page 3
DENVER -- The sky was bright blue and there was a slight breeze in the July air. The purple tips of the Rocky Mountains dotted the landscape. It was the perfect setting for "A Melo Evening," a recent fund-raiser for the Family Resource Center hosted by Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony and his fiancée, MTV personality LaLa Vasquez.
At the home of a high-profile Denver couple, local media descended upon Anthony in the back yard. And although Anthony and Vasquez went their separate ways, their eyes never strayed far from each other. He held up his glass to toast her while watching an artist capture his likeness on canvas for the auction, and Vasquez, standing with her mother, smiled and waved back.
Clearly, this was a match made in NBA/MTV heaven.
After making their way through the throngs of people, including Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe, sipping cocktails and exchanging pleasantries, the couple sat down with Page 3 to chat about their relationship, the grueling NBA schedule and their different personalities.
1. How did you meet and where?
LaLa: He was stalking me for a while. That's how we met. He kept asking everybody about me, right?
2. So, was it love at first sight?
LaLa: When I met him, he had girls all over him! Remember that?!
Melo, what was it about her that made you want to meet her?
3. OK, it wasn't love at first sight, but how long were you friends?
LaLa: We were friends for a while. I mean we knew there was some sort of attraction, but we didn't act on it right away.
4. How did you know he was the right one and how did you know she was the right one?
5. What's the most romantic thing you've done for her and vice-versa?
Melo: I took her to Mexico -- to Cabo.
But, right before I went to bed, he popped the big question.
6. How far along are you in your wedding plans? Is it still a ways off?
LaLa: We're in the beginning stages right now. We're deciding on wedding planners and just know that we want to do it in Vegas. But we're still deciding on the hotel. Right?
7. What would be the ideal honeymoon for you?
8. How do you balance your two high-profile careers, particularly during basketball season?
LaLa: It's pretty difficult, but at the same time, I'm a pretty avid believer of making time for what's important to me. He's important to me so I arrange my schedule around [the season].
9. How do you handle the groupies?
LaLa: I think I deal with it a little more than he does. I mean everybody's here for a reason. I guess groupies do what they do, but I do what I do so I don't really pay too much mind to it. I know it comes with the territory of being an athlete and I guess it's kind of flattering to see so many people who want to get close to him, but I still know he's coming home with me every night.
10. Who wins in H-O-R-S-E?
Melo: I do.
Carmelo Anthony is among 15 NBA and WNBA players teaming up for "Wheel of Fortune" during the game show's NBA week, airing Oct. 31-Nov. 4, to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Miki Turner is a segment producer for ESPN Hollywood and can be reached at Miki.P.Turner.-ND@espn.com.