Carmelo, Knicks remember 9/11

Just like the rest of us, Carmelo Anthony remembers exactly where he was 11 years ago.

Anthony was sitting in class at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia when the first plane hit the World Trade Center's north tower.

"All you could hear in the hallways were people yelling and screaming, and then we turned the TV on and we actually caught the second tower going down," Anthony said Tuesday. "It was a tragedy."

Anthony, like most other New Yorkers, took some time Tuesday to honor the memory of those lost on 9/11.

He spent several hours at a Wall Street firm, working the phones like a veteran trader to help raise money for charity on the 11th anniversary of the attacks.

"This is one of the few days that we have a chance to just come together, as a city, as a state, just come together and really focus on the people that we lost on 9/11," Anthony said. "We will never forget that moment. For me, this is the least I could do."

Anthony and several members of the Knicks' organization took over the trade desk at BGC, working the phones and taking trade calls during the fundraiser. All the global revenues from BGC and Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost scores of workers in the 9/11 attacks, will be donated to charities.

Iman Shumpert, who worked the phones with Ronnie Brewer, J.R. Smith and Chris Smith, said he was honored to have the opportunity to turn "a negative into a positive" at the downtown firm.

GM Glen Grunwald, assistant GM Allan Houston, Larry Johnson, head coach Mike Woodson, assistants Jim Todd, Darrell Walker and Herb Williams, and adviser Bill Smith were on hand.

Brewer was a high schooler in Arkansas 11 years ago. On Tuesday, he recalled sitting at home with his father and sister, watching the events unfold on television.

"New Yorkers, no matter what borough they're from or what ethnicity they are, came together to become stronger and become one," Brewer said. "I couldn't even imagine what it was like in the city [on Sept. 11]. I have another level of respect for what people went through.

"Eleven years ago to now, the city came a long way and people are still standing strong."

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