We Want Melo!
On a night when the New York Knicks needed a shot to jump start the season. Carmelo Anthony stepped up. He scored 20 points in the first quarter, had 37 at the half after knocking down a three pointer from half court to beat the buzzer, and ultimately left the game with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter with 62 points. His 62 points set a new franchise and Madison Square Garden record.
As the crowd lauded him and his teammates celebrated him, Anthony finally cracked a smile after a he wore a zone faced snarl the whole game. At the half Anthony said he was "tired of losing", every Knick fan could feel something special brewing, and Anthony wasn't losing tonight. At the start of the third Anthony made his next five shots, I was home making turkey burgers in my kitchen watching on my laptop with headphones on (probably a funny sight) and even I could feel the energy from the Garden exuding through my screen. The crowd stood and murmured at every Knick possession. After Anthony made his 60th point on a free throw, everyone knew the franchise and Garden record could belong to Anthony on his next field goal. Anthony missed a couple suspense filled jumpers; finally on a spin out of a double team, Anthony laid it off the glass, the ball bounced twice off the rim and stood still just long enough to gather the energy in the room, and then fell through to a Garden explosion!
As Anthony sat on the bench in the fourth, the crowd chanted "We Want Melo". It wasn't a chant for him to return to the game. It was a chant to let him know, "We want you here, for good!"
In a 30 point blow out most of the Garden faithful stayed till the end, to breath in the aura of a magical night and feel the heat of Anthony before they filed out to tackle the cold of a New York City winter freeze. As Anthony gave a post game interview they cheered, amazed by their sizzling superstar.
Anthony’s’ 62 point performance is the type of performance that can endear him to the New York crowd and make him beloved in the city. It’s not time for Anthony to leave. There are too many special Garden moments yet to be had.
Melo, if by any chance you read this… that’s what the “We Want Melo” chants were all about!