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Carmelo Anthony talks reaching 20,000 points

Carmelo Anthony has struggled shooting (Photo by Marc Rasbury)

Carmelo Anthony became the sixth youngest player to reach 20,000 points in the New York Knicks 96-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets tonight, behind LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, and Oscar Robertson.  It was a three-pointer with 7:41 left in the first quarter that gave Melo 20,002 career points.  He became the 40th player to reach 20,000 and is eighth in the NBA among active scorers, behind Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Tim Duncan, James and Vince Carter.

After the game, Anthony spoke about the feat.  “For me, it’s a humbling experience.  I never thought that I would be sitting here talking about me scoring 20,000 points.  I used to look at when I played with AI (Allen Iverson) back in Denver and see his stats like ‘man you have twenty-something thousand points.’ I never thought I would be here actually talking about me reaching that milestone.  I’m definitely humbled by this experience.  I have more to go.”

Carmelo then talked about how he got to 20,000.  “You have to play at a high level and be very consistent and healthy.  You have to take the game seriously.  I’m not saying that people that haven’t reached that milestone don’t take the game serious but there is a focus and a mentality that you have to have to reach a milestone like that.”

Carmelo has etched his name into the history books once again wearing a New York Knicks jersey.  Most Knicks fans hope that he reaching 25,000 in blue and orange, and who knows, even 30,000 is possible.

For Carmelo’s teammates talking 20,000, click below.

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