Carmelo Anthony wants his Knicks jersey to hang in Madison Square Garden rafters
The New York Knicks have retired the jerseys of several prestigious players over the years. Looking up at the rafters inside Madison Square Garden, you’ll see names like Walt Frazier, Patrick Ewing and Earl Monroe. Though he’s no longer with the team, Carmelo Anthony is hoping his No. 7 jersey will someday earn a spot next to these all-time great Knickerbockers.
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.
As a 10-time All-Star and former scoring champion, Anthony is recognized as one of the best forwards in recent NBA history. His stint with the Denver Nuggets went quite well, as he led the team to 10 straight playoff berths. However, his tenure with the Knicks did not go as well. He served seven seasons in New York, missing the postseason in the final four years.
Anthony averaged 24.7 points in his seven seasons with the Kicks, but he simply wasn’t able to lift the team over the proverbial hump. Ultimately, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2017 after a falling-out with then-team president Phil Jackson.
Anthony signed a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers in November, after being out of the NBA for nearly a year. So far, he’s playing well for his new team, averaging 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 11 appearances.