Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks was born in New York but he moved to Baltimore when he was 8. He has strong roots in the city, and once said, “Born in Brooklyn. Manufactured in Baltimore.” Melo asked Baltimore rioters to stop destroying the city, to protest but to do it peacefully. Riots and protests are happening in Baltimore due to the death of Freddie Gray.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake wants an NBA team back in Baltimore. “I would love it,” Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday on 98 Rock’s morning show when asked about the possibility of professional basketball returning to the city permanently. The comments were made after the mayor announced that the Washington Wizards would play an Oct. 17 preseason game at the Baltimore Arena against the New York Knicks. The game will be the Wizards’ first game in Charm City in 14 years.