Carmelo Anthony ready for MSG return, calls NY 'home'

17 December, 2017, 03:13 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Kristaps Porzingis Knicks

In 27 starts this season for the Thunder, Anthony is now averaging 18 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in 33.4 minutes. With a list narrowed down to only a few teams, Anthony waived his no-trade clause to accept a deal to the Thunder.

The blockbuster trade paired Anthony with 2016 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and NBA All Star Paul George.

The Thunder are without starting center Steven Adams after he sustained a concussion in their triple-overtime victory in Philadelphia on Friday. However, that doesn't mean there won't be strong emotions that well up inside of him either.

Kristaps Porzingis said earlier in the week that he thought Knicks fans should show "love" to Anthony in his return home. "Being back there and running out of the other side of the tunnel, seeing people who I became close to, seeing my family who I can't see much now because I'm in Oklahoma City, seeing my wife".

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Porzingis said after Thursday's game - in which the Knicks beat the Nets - that he did not think his injury was serious.

There's a lot that Anthony still misses about NY and added that going back to Madison Square Garden on Saturday will be an emotional experience for him.

Though Anthony left NY in unfavourable conditions, the star forward believes he still shares a bond with fervent basketball fans in the Big Apple. But at the end of the day, it's business to me. But I'd be lying if I said I'm not ecstatic to be going back and playing there.

Anthony, who had a full no-trade clause, was adamant that he meant to remain in NY, but controversy with then-team president Phil Jackson led to his decision to waive the clause and head to Oklahoma City. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people. "It's a little bit special for me". The victory sets up a crucial battle between two hot teams, as Oklahoma City has won three of four and six of its last eight games, while NY has won three straight and four of five.

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