Sometimes having the right number pays well, sometimes it doesn’t.  

When Carmelo Anthony joined the New York Knicks midway through the 2010-11 season he was in need of a number change.

The No. 15 he donned at Syracuse and with the Denver Nuggets was already retired for Knicks legends Earl Monroe and Dick McGuire, and the No. 22 he wore at Oak Hill Academy hangs from the rafters at MSG in honor of Dave DeBusschere.

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Anthony ultimately settled on the No. 7 which, at the time of his arrival, was taken by Kelenna Azubuike.

Azubuike, who now serves as an analyst for the Golden State Warriors broadcast, spoke about his jersey number swap with Anthony during Wednesday night’s game, and revealed that he didn’t receive anything close to what he had expected.

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