Syracuse University Retires Carmelo Anthony’s Jersey

Feb 23, 2013; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange former player Carmelo Anthony (center) during his jersey at his number retirement ceremony during halftime of the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

During Saturday’s game against the rival Georgetown Hoyas, the Syracuse Orange celebrated alumni Carmelo Anthony’s accomplishments by retiring his jersey during a halftime ceremony at the Carrier Dome.

In his one year with Syracuse, Anthony helped guide the Orangeman to their first NCAA tournament title in 2003. In the championship game against Kansas University, Anthony earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award and became an NCAA champion defeating the Jayhawks

According to, Anthony watched his No. 15 jersey in the rafters, and address the crowd of approximately 32,000 attendees. He then thanked his immediate family consisting of his wife, son and mother and then his former teammates saying,

“Most of all, I want to thank these guys,’’ Anthony said. “Without these guys that banner wouldn’t be hanging up there and my jersey wouldn’t be retired.’’

The three-time olympic medalist, NCAA champion and six-time all-star conclude his speech saying,

“I know everybody in college basketball says they have the best fans,’’ Anthony said. “But there’s no fans like Syracuse fans.’’

Anthony becomes the 10th player in the University’s history to have his jersey retired, joining fellow Syracuse alum, Dave Bing, Vic Hanson, Pearl Washington, Sherman Douglas, Wilmeth Sidat-Sigh, Derrick Coleman Ronny Seikaly, Billy Owens and Billy Gabor.

Topics: Denver Nuggets, Kansas Jayhawks, NCAA, NCAA Basketball, New York Knicks, Syracuse Orange

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  • eriksuperman

    This was a bummer of a game, but it was cool to see Melo get recognized for
    his contributions at ‘Cuse. I live in Denver and have been a lifelong
    Nuggets fan, and although a lot of people have animosity for the guy, he
    brought a lot of recognition to any team he played for. I hope he does
    well wherever he is, and it’s cool he has been permanently enshrined in the
    building he owned! I still like watching the guy play, and my DISH Game
    Finder app does all the work finding the games for me! I work late at
    DISH most nights, so the Game finder app helps tremendously finding any and all
    games available to watch on TV. I like that I can set reminders for
    upcoming games too, and it saves me a ton of time not having to search the
    entire program guide for games in distant markets.

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