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Carmelo Anthony ready for 'emotional' return vs. Knicks

17 December, 2017, 02:08 | Author: Rachael Silva
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But he isn't going to rush back to the court before he's healthy and mentally prepared to do so. "I'm looking forward to that". "Coming back to the Garden is always a show". The New York Knicks would move on, and so would he. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, and a 2018 second-round pick. He has one final tune-up before what likely will be an emotional game for him. Anthony exchanged pleasantries with familiar faces at the morning shootaround, but he chose not to speak to reporters about his Garden return until after the game.

Anthony, now with the Oklahoma City Thunder, will play at Madison Square Garden as a visitor for the first time since leaving the Knicks on Saturday night, and he admits he misses the city. "Of course I want to win. He's talking with the doctors so we're not quite sure yet", Hornacek said less than a half hour before official word arrived. Thus far, the Thunder have underachieved with a 14-14 record heading into Saturday's game.

It could be age - Anthony is 33 - or not being the focal point of the offense for the first time, but his production has fallen off this season. In 52 minutes, Westbrook collected 27 points, 18 rebounds, 15 assists, 2 steals, 0 blocks, 2 threes and 6 turnovers. But it hasn't worked out that way yet. The players they have on the team are fitting in very well.

"They're willing to sacrifice and they know that they have to change", Donovan said Friday.

"I think it'll be an appreciation". It's challenging. It's new. I became one of them. But he also put in some iconic performances, handled Phil Jackson's public criticism quite well and seemed to maintain a professionalism despite constant trade rumors throughout his final season in NY.


The small forward spent seven seasons in the Big Apple but despite limited success, he is set to be honored with a video tribute by the franchise.

It's been reunion week for the Thunder.

For the Thunder, it'll cap a three-game road trip that started with returning to IN and then saw a triple-overtime win IN Philadelphia on Friday, when Anthony played his best game of the season. But former Knicks president Phil Jackson essentially pushed Anthony out.

Porzingis has shown an ability to navigate the NY media landscape well; being the Knicks' star comes with incredible scrutiny, but the Latvian-who is still just 22 (!) years old-always says the right thing. But that changed a year ago after Jackson took shots at Anthony in the media and on Twitter.

This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of NY. His teammates said they have his back.

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