It’s been a while since former New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony played in an NBA game, but he’s still drawing a lot of attention from basketball fans. Take, for example, Tuesday night’s WNBA playoff game between the Washington Mystics and the New York Liberty in which Melo was recognized at the Barclays Center and received a raucous reception from the crowd.
Knicks legend Carmelo Anthony receives LOUD ovation at Liberty-Mystics Game 2 🗣️
– Clutch Points (@ClutchPoints) September 19, 2023
Carmelo Anthony is clearly enjoying his retirement from the NBA. His fans would certainly love to see him return and give him another chance as a professional, but it seems like the former traveling NBA player is content with being an avid follower of the sport these days.
Melo, who was selected third overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2021-22 season alongside his close friend, LeBron James. But it was in the Big Apple where Anthony enjoyed his best days in the league. In seven seasons in a Knicks uniform, he averaged 24.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 412 games. Antony concluded his NBA career with 28,289 points, ninth on the all-time scoring list.
As for the WNBA game Melo is watching, the Liberty are hoping to close out their First Round series against the Liberty. New York won Game 1 last Friday by a score of 90-75. A victory in Game 2 will reserve the Liberty a ticket to the semifinals. The winner of this series Mystics vs. Liberty will face the winner of the series between the Connecticut Sun and the Minnesota Lynx.
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