With his Trail Blazers playing the Nuggets last night, Anthony had a stronger statement for Denver.
Jena Garcia of The CHICK n Nuggets Podcast:
Carmelo Anthony on where his jersey should be retired, “this is where it should be retired, to be honest with you. Just my opinion…” pic.twitter.com/isHcxT0Sls
— Jena Garcia (@VidaVivaDiva) December 13, 2019
This is where it should be retired, to be honest with you. Just my opinion.
The history is here. This is where it all started. But maybe not. The Joker’s got 15 now. We’ll see. We’ve still got time for that.
There’s a better case for the Nuggets than the Knicks to retire his jersey. Though he peaked in New York, Anthony spent more time and had more success in Denver. The Nuggets also don’t have the Knicks’ storied history, which lowers the bar for number retirement.
The biggest issue is Anthony’s bitter exit from the Nuggets. For a player who never even advanced to the NBA Finals, let alone won a championship, that still lingers. There just isn’t that cherished memory with Anthony to fall back on.
Time heals most wounds, and Anthony is becoming less and less of a villain in Denver. But will he eventually become cherished enough to have his number retired there? That could take a while.