Once a Knick, always a Knick. In the case of Carmelo Anthony, his resume with the Knickerbockers is something truly special.
After requesting a trade specifically to New York from the Nuggets, Melo took on the challenge nobody else would at the time. And though he doesn’t have much to show for his efforts, he was the face of the franchise and the only thing that kept them relevant for years.
Things turned ugly with the arrival of Phil Jackson, and Melo has yet to find his way back to the city he loves so much. But, in the midst of a defeat over his former team, the former All-Star described what he wanted his legacy in Madison Square Garden to be.
Anthony was asked if he has ever thought about his jersey being retired at the Garden after his Blazers romped the Knicks Tuesday night.
“Do I think about it? Anybody would want to get that opportunity if it’s there. We’ll see when that time comes. Hopefully, they’ll hang ‘7’ somewhere up there,” Anthony said.
If there’s anybody deserving of that honor, it’s Melo. Through seven seasons in New York, he made 7 All-Star teams, won a scoring title, and averaged over 24 points per game.
He led them to the postseason a handful of times and made one appearance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
It seems unlikely he will ever return, but it doesn’t mean his time there should be forgotten.