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After quality time with MJ, 'Melo soaring in his shoes

Originally Published: January 18, 2006
By Tom Farrey | ESPN the Magazine

Todd Boyd is a professor of film at the University of Southern California and a commonly sought-out expert on the intersection of hip-hop culture and pro athletes. When he hears that Carmelo Anthony wants to be a leading voice of urban America, he thinks of Michael Jordan, who went a different direction and became a voice of corporate America.

Without all those NBA championships, Jordan's influence would have been limited.

"If 'Melo's successful on court, if his team is ...

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