It’s that time of the week! We’re back with another Throwback Thursday clip of the week brought to you by Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors). In this commercial clip, Carmelo Anthony and Brendan Haywood are shown showcasing their notorious basketball skills on behalf of Easterns. A cool fact is that Easterns Automotive Group managed to snag both players fairly early on in their career.
Carmelo Anthony was originally born in New York but moved and grew up as an adolescent in Baltimore and even attended Towson Catholic High School where he pursued his love for basketball. After high school, Anthony then went on to attend college and play for Syracuse University only to get drafted into the NBA by the Denver Nuggets. Anthony spent 2003-2011 with the Denver Nuggets until he got traded to the New York Knicks where he was from 2011-2017. He had a long yet great run with both teams but demanded a trade from the New York Knicks after having multiple conflicts with then-team president Phil Jackson. Anthony was then traded to Oklahoma City Thunder where he was for one year until just recently being traded to the Atlanta Hawks. After being there for only a few days, Anthony accepted a contract buyout from the Hawks and signed a deal with the Houston Rockets. NBA fans are excited for the skilled veteran to showcase his talent with a new team. We wish Anthony nothing but the best!
Brandan Haywood on the other hand did not grow up in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Haywood was born in New York City but then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where he attended James B. Dudley High School where he became known for his hooping talent. He then attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where his seven foot height, skill, and knowledge of the game of basketball caught the attention of NBA scouts. This played a vital role in his Haywood’s career getting him drafted into the NBA by the Washington Wizards. He had a solid nine year run with the Wizards before being traded to teams such as the Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Bobcats, and Cleveland Cavaliers. After retiring from the NBA, Haywood is still managing to pursue his love of the sport by being a broadcaster for ESPN, NBA TV and CBS Sports.
Both of these players have tremendous history here in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community so it only made sense for them to be a part of the Easterns movement.