Though he is considered a first-ballot Hall of Famer already, there are still questions if there will be a franchise that will honor Carmelo Anthony’s jersey.
But on Wednesday, SNY’s Ian Begley reported that Anthony gained ‘strong support’ within the Madison Square Garden brass that his no. 7 jersey will be retired by the New York Knicks.
“There was strong support among some in Madison Square Garden to retire the number. No decision has been made yet. The final decision, I’d assume, will be made by team governor James Dolan.”
Anthony was known for his strong six-and-a-half years of service for the Denver Nuggets to start his career, but his name became even more famous when he served as the former centerpiece of the Knicks.
As he landed on the franchise in 2010-11 via midseason trade, Anthony captivated the entire New York faithful with his uncanny offensive prowess. For seven seasons, he led the team in scoring and averaged 24.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists for 412 total games.
Amid the stardom he boasted about and the amount of coverage he gained as the main man of the big market in Knicks, his time in New York is being criticized for lack of playoff success. Under Anthony’s leadership, the Knicks only appeared in three postseason stages, only reaching the second round back in the 2012-13 campaign.
It is yet to be seen if team governor James Dolan and the New York leadership will immortalize the star forward’s contribution to their franchise. But at the end of the day, no one can deny that Anthony made indelible moments as a Knick that wowed not only the team’s fanbase but also the entire NBA circle.