By Gustavo Braga on May 29, 2014
Carmelo Anthony is 30 years old today, and to celebrate his career let's take a look at five of his best moments playing for the New York Knicks.
Anthony came a long way since being drafted in 2003 by the Denver Nuggets, and now he faces a crossroad, needing to decide if he is going to stay in New York or play for another franchise. Whatever his decision might be, New York fans are grateful for Melo and everything he's done for the team.
During the past season, few moments made the fans really get out of their seats, but Anthony's performance against the Charlotte Bobcats was one of them. He banked 62 points, breaking the Madison Square Garden's all-time record for points in a game. For that, he was honored and everyone can see his feat at the Garden since then.
Carmelo showed that his honor and his wife's are not for sale. One of the best trash talkers in the league -- Kevin Garnett -- forced Anthony to take a stand for himself and physically defend his family against KG's offensive lines. That's just another thing to add to the Knicks/Celtics rivalry.
After a decade of being mediocre, Carmelo put the Knicks back on the map. In 2011, Anthony led the team to their first playoffs since 2004. Anthony hadn't missed the playoffs in his career and wasn't about to lose with the Knicks.
The 2012-13 season as a whole belonged to Melo. Getting his first scoring title, he led the team to a superb season that would end tragically against the Indiana Pacers in the Conference Semifinals. If there was any doubt that he could carry a team on his shoulders, Melo made sure to answer that with authority.
To illustrate what kind of player Carmelo Anthony is, the game with the Chicago Bulls in April 2012 is a perfect example. With not one but two clutch threes, the forward got the game to overtime and eventually got the victory. Anthony is like that -- clutch. This is one of the many times Melo took the responsibility on himself and was rewarded for it.
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