Carmelo Anthony returned to Madison Sq. Backyard on Wednesday (January 1) as a member of the Portland Path Blazers.
He was cheered on by the house crowd as he scored a season-high 26 factors in a 117-93 loss to the Knicks. However the love he acquired had the long run Corridor of Fame participant considering of getting his jersey hanging from the rafters at Madison Sq. Backyard.
“I did look up on the rafters immediately through the nationwide anthem,” Anthony stated. “You already know, they are saying in life you have to envision, so I used to be envisioning seeing Anthony hanging up there.”
Anthony spent six and a half seasons as a member of the New York Knicks (2011-2017). He named an All-Star six occasions and made All-NBA as soon as throughout his tenure.
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The assembled crowd at MSG was appreciative for what Anthony achieved in New York and confirmed him love each time he touched the ball.
“The love was undoubtedly felt tonight,” Anthony stated. “From the followers that had been right here, simply the town as an entire, simply being again. I believe that feeling is type of onerous to elucidate. However for me to type of get that ovation, I believe I’ve all the time had the love from the town like that. However to be again on this constructing the place I spent so a few years, that love felt extraordinarily good tonight.”
Anthony spent virtually a 12 months out of the NBA after he was traded by the Houston Rockets and in the end waived by the Chicago Bulls through the 2018-2019 season.
The prevailing thought was the present recreation handed him by. However Anthony believed in his talents and knew he simply wanted a possibility.
On November 9, 2019 he signed a one 12 months non assured take care of the Path Blazers which the membership ultimately changed into a assured deal on December sixth.