Joseph Randazzo finally can stop checking his phone: Carmelo Anthony is still a Knick.

Sporting a Tim Hardaway Jr. jersey while shopping at Modell's in Farmingdale on Saturday, the 14-year-old West Babylon resident said he was looking for the latest news "every five minutes."

He's happy Anthony is staying put. "He's the scorer on the team," Randazzo said. "He makes the offense better."

Pamela Treiber of Sea Cliff agreed, calling the news "fantastic" and adding: "I'll go to more games because he's back. He's exciting to watch."

Gary Miller, 59, of Huntington, who remembers the franchise's glory days in the early 1970s, said the Knicks "had to bring him back. They need him. He's the only guy they have right now."

Melville's Kenny Chavez, 15, said Anthony is "overrated" but that it's good for the Knicks to keep him because "they're not a better team without him."

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Freeport's Charles Smith, 43, is glad the wait is over. "It's about time," he said. "It took him a while."

When Danny McCreight and Jeremy Cole, both 17 and from Commack, first heard the news, they were surprised.

"When they shipped off [Tyson] Chandler, I thought [Melo] was going to the Bulls," said McCreight, who was shopping with Cole at Foot Locker at the Walt Whitman Mall. "That's the perfect fit with [Derrick] Rose coming back. But nothing beats New York."

Said Cole: "It was a safety net for him to come back. He wants to prosper here in New York. They're better off with him and he's better off with them."