Carmelo Anthony: Return to NY will be 'emotional'

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Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Porzingis had taken part in the team's morning shoot-around, but after conferring with the medical staff, the 7-foot-3 power forward was announced as inactive about an hour before tipoff.

"I'm excited to go back and play in the Garden", Anthony told Oklahoma City reporters Wednesday.

Carmelo Anthony is returning to NY.

The New York Knicks (15-13) will host the Oklahoma City Thunder (14-14) in an inter-conference match-up at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (Sunday AEDT).

Anthony is struggling right along with the Thunder, a top-25 scorer in National Basketball Association history potentially on his way to the worst season of his career.

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.

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"It's not like I was there for a year or two seasons", he said.

And after placing him with MVP Russell Westbrook and fellow All-Star Paul George for the NBA's latest Big Three, the Thunder were under.500 before Friday's victory.

But as he heads back to NY, with the Knicks playing well as they rally around new franchise player, Anthony said he feels the atmosphere will be more about appreciation than any animosity.

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. NY held on after he left, improving to 15-13 with its third straight victory. I want to win for many reasons. I came and did my job whether they liked it or not.

With Porzingis out of the game, the Knicks, who improved to 2-8 away from The Garden, saw a 13-point halftime lead evaporate as the Nets chipped away.

"I didn't know that to be honest", Thomas said. Anthony said he has stayed in touch with a number of players on the team, but he hasn't been tracking their every game. "He's talking with the doctors so we're not quite sure yet", Hornacek said less than a half hour before official word arrived. "Those guys, from what I'm hearing, the little bit that I've seen, are playing well. We played very good defensively, which allowed us to run after it and get some easy baskets and to get in a rhythm". "NY will always be a part of me".

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