The National Basketball Association is near, which means their annual media day is here, and getting in on some of that fun is former Tar Heel Cole Anthony.
Anthony will enter his third season with the Orlando Magic, becoming a vital part of their young core. Antony was a one-and-done at UNC, and despite his injury-riddled season, he was still drafted with the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
Anthony has made significant strides in his first to the second year with Orlando, boosting his points per game from 12.9 to 16.3. He also increased his assist average from 4.1 to 5.7 and rebounded from 4.7 to 5.4.
The former Tar Heel has been a stat sheet stuffer in the NBA with games that flirted with triple-doubles. His best game came last season when Anthony led Orlando past the New York Knicks 110-104, finishing with 29 points, 16 rebounds, and eight assists.
As he embarks on year three, he talks about the Magic gaining some respect on media day.
"I think most teams look at us as the laughing stock of the league," Anthony said. "I think we gonna change the narrative."
Anthony also spoke about his new diet, hiring a chef this off-season to avoid the nagging injuries with the goal of playing all 82 games this season.
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Story originally appeared on Tarheels Wire