By Melanie Evans – Rivera
Carmelo Anthony may be a Brooklyn boy, but when he was eight years old he and his family left the Red Hook projects where he was raised and moved to Baltimore. While attending high school there, at Towson Catholic High School, he earned the titles of Baltimore’s County Player of the Year, All-Metropolitan Player of the Year and Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year.
Despite all of this, with the exception of a brief charity game appearance in 2011, Anthony has not played in his adopted hometown since he left Baltimore to attend Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and ultimately Syracuse University before being drafted third overall in the 2003 NBA Draft.
Now however, a decade later, when the New York Knicks travel to Baltimore to face the Washington Wizards in a preseason game on Thursday, Melo will finally get a chance to make a truly triumphant return to Charm City.
How does Carmelo feel about his homecoming? He told the Daily News when asked if the prospect made him a little nervous “I have moments when I think about that when I’ll be reminiscing with family members and friends and going back down memory lane but right now, that probably won’t hit me until I get there. I ain’t been nervous since my son was born. I don’t know what nervous feels like.”
It will be special game however, as Carmelo is personally acquainted with so many of the people who will be in the crowd at Baltimore Arena. “I think it will be a different type of feeling looking in the crowd and knowing that I know probably three-fourths of the people that will be at that game, because Baltimore is that type of small community where everybody knows everybody. It’s just a different feeling playing in front of the people you grew up with, seeing old friends, family and things like that. I just want to have fun, win the basketball game and move on.”