Former New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony is hopeful the organization will hang his No. 7 jersey in the rafters.
On Tuesday night, Carmelo Anthony had to chance to portray his talents against his former team. The Trail Blazers took on the New York Knicks at home, a game in which Portland came away with a 115-87 win. In 25 minutes, Melo finished with 16 points and four rebounds.
After the game, the veteran forward was asked about the thought of his Knicks jersey potentially being hung in the rafters at Madison Square Garden. Ultimately, the former Knicks star hopes it happens at some point.
“Do I think about it? Anybody would want to get that opportunity if it’s there,” Anthony said, per Marc Berman of the New York Post. “We’ll see when that time comes. Hopefully, they’ll hang ‘7’ somewhere up there.”
Anthony hasn’t played for the Knicks since the 2016-17 season. He was traded from the Denver Nuggets to New York in February of 2011, thus helping them reach the playoffs that year for the first time since the 2003-04 campaign.
Melo was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Chicago Bulls in January of this year. However, he was waived by the Bulls before even playing a game. He was out of the league until the Trail Blazers gave him a one-year, non-guaranteed deal in November. That contract became fully guaranteed earlier this month.
Since coming over to Portland (11 games), Anthony is averaging 15.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.4 assists on 40.6% shooting from the field and 39.5% from behind the arc.