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Carmelo Anthony hopeful Knicks will retire his No. 7 jersey

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Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony hopes the New York Knicks retire his No. 7 jersey one day.

Anthony returns to New York to face the Knicks on Wednesday. It will be Anthony’s second game at Madison Square Garden since the Knicks traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the summer of 2017:

“Do I think about it? Anybody would want to get that opportunity if it’s there,” Anthony said when asked whether his jersey should be retired, via Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. “We’ll see when that time comes. Hopefully, they’ll hang ‘7’ somewhere up there.”

Carmelo Anthony is the seventh all-time scorer in Knicks franchise history. In 412 games with the Knickerbockers, Anthony averaged 24.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Only eight players have gotten their jerseys retired by the Knicks. They are Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Willis Reed, Earl Monroe, Bill Bradley, Dick Barnett, Dick McGuire and Dave DeBusschere.

Knicks fans figure to show a lot of love to Anthony on Wednesday. Even though Anthony’s tenure in New York was filled with drama and the veteran scorer never lived up to the hype when he arrived from the Denver Nuggets in the 2010-11 season, Anthony was a professional in The Big Apple and is the best player to play for New York since Patrick Ewing.

In 19 games with the Blazers this season, Anthony is putting up 15.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 40.7 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from beyond the arc and 82.1 percent from the free-throw line.