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Chris Paul believes ex-Knick Carmelo Anthony belongs in NBA

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Carmelo Anthony stays unemployed but has a supporter in Chris Paul, who believes his Hall of Fame buddy deserves to retire on his terms.

“Melo is among the best to ever to play the sport,” Paul said after his Suns were pummeled Monday by the Knicks, 102-83. “I’m obviously biased and hope he’s within the league soon because any individual of that caliber, with that ability, with the guts that he has, and the stuff he’s done for the sport — he should have the opportunity to walk off the court when he’s ready.”

Anthony, 38, who played 69 games last season with the Lakers, is an unrestricted free agent and has been silent about his future. He’s been spotted figuring out on the players union gym in Manhattan and received a rousing ovation when introduced on the MSG Jumbotron at a Knicks game recently.

And although Anthony’s former agent (Leon Rose) now runs the Knicks front office, a source said there’s no interest from the team in a reunion. If Anthony indeed retires, there could also be situation where he signs a one-day deal to do it in Recent York. But now the Knicks have a full roster.

Anthony sits ninth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list and just 307 points behind Shaquille O’Neal’s No. 8 spot.

Anthony made seven All-Star teams as a member of the Knicks and told the Each day News a couple of years ago that he hopes to have his jersey retired within the MSG rafters.

“Do I give it some thought? Anybody would wish to get that chance if it’s there,” said Anthony. “We’ll see when that point comes. Hopefully, they’ll hang ‘7′ somewhere up there.”

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