Carmelo Anthony returns to Syracuse
He's arguably the most recognized player ever to play for the SU men's basketball team, and he'll be making a return to the Carrier Dome. Carmelo Anthony, now a member of the New York Knicks, will play in an exhibition game tonight when the Knicks take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Our Brad Vivacqua reports.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- If you're an Orange fan, the memories of SU's 2003 championship run led by Carmelo Anthony are unforgettable. In addition to seeing Melo play here again in Syracuse tonight, a piece of the Salt City's pro basketball roots will be recognized.
The Philadelphia 76ers are celebrating their 50th season this year as an National Basketball Association team. But, before that, the Sixers played 14 seasons in Syracuse as the Nationals and won the NBA title in 1955.
As the Knicks take on the Sixers in tonight's preseason game, it's an opportunity for generations of Syracuse basketball fans to honor the Nationals and welcome home one of SU's most popular players.
"The amount that he's done for the university and the community, having only played here for one year is remarkable. When I think of Carmelo, I just think of that big smile that he had when he played. And, we'll all have a thrill to be able to see that on Monday," said Peter Moore, SU Athletic Communications Director.
There are tickets still available for tonight's 7 p.m. by visiting Ticketmaster or the Dome Box Office. Tickets range from $40 to $200.
Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes who played all 14 seasons with the Nationals is expected to be in attendance.