There were probably hundreds of New York Knicks fans flocking to their nearest sporting goods store to try their luck at acquiring a new Carmelo Anthony Knicks jersey, only to be sent back home. The reason was because Anthony had not decided what number he would be wearing on his new team.
The New York Post is reporting that Anthony has chosen to wear the No. 7, instead of donning No. 30 or No. 15.
Anthony wore No. 15 in Denver, but that number hangs in the rafters at Madison Square Garden for Dick McGuire and Earl Monroe. There was no way that he would be able to pull enough strings to wear 15 again. He also wore it at Syracuse for the Orangemen. Earl Monroe will be at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night as the organization thanks him for his hard work and memories from his days with the Knicks.
There was a ton of buzz that Anthony would wear No. 30. He has said before that his idol is Bernard King, and that he wouldn't mind paying tribute to him. His family looked up to him, and coming from Brooklyn, he was a hometown hero for Anthony.
But it looks like it will be No. 7 for Melo. Kelenna Azubuike was the previous holder of that number this season, but he has been inactive all year. His number was allowed to change, and so he switches to No. 17.
Modell's of Time Square already made an announcement that there will be a limited number of Carmelo Anthony jerseys on sale at its location in the heart of Manhattan. Fans, tomorrow is the day you go out and shop for the jersey, because it looks like Anthony will be No. 7.