Former Knick super-scorer Richie Guerin got a kick out of being in the headlines over the past week as Carmelo Anthony tied, then broke Guerin's franchise record of 29 straight games scoring 20 points or more.
The record stood for 51 years, though it was obscure enough Guerin forgot he still had it until a couple of weeks ago. He figured Bernard King or Patrick Ewing had long-ago smashed it.
Anthony's streak of scoring 20 points or more ended at 31 games last night when he scored just nine points in 27 minutes during the Knicks' 120-81 rout of the Kings at the Garden.
Guerin, who turned 80 in May, is a South Florida snowbird who still watches the club from afar. And he likes what he sees in Anthony this season, a lot more than in the past.
"I didn't think he was a very good team-type of player,'' Guerin told The Post via phone from his West Palm Beach home. "I don't say he was selfish, but it was the way he had played since he came into the league. ... His mindset was basically looking for his shot. That was his No. 1 priority. He did everything he could to get a shot off.
"Now he's passing up some shots he would be accused of forcing. He's making plays with his teammates.Most of the time, he [takes] high-percentage shots — for him.
"I see a great improvement in his overall game this year in particular. He's trying to play defense better, rebound the ball better. He's still a primary offensive player and that's OK. That's what they need. His teammates buy into that.''
Guerin: I'm surprised record lasted so long
New York Post | Feb 3