Carmelo ready for 'emotional' return to the city he embraced

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks watches from the bench during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena

Carmelo Anthony of the Oklahoma City Thunder warms up before their game against the Denver Nuggets on November 9, 201.

For the Thunder, it'll cap a three-game road trip that started with Paul George returning to IN and then saw a triple-overtime win IN Philadelphia on Friday, when Anthony played his best game of the season. "I've embraced New York City, I embraced the culture, embraced everything about the city, so yeah, definitely".

While the likes of Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Frank Ntilikina have garnered headlines, the Knicks' success wouldn't be possible without Courtney Lee. He is listed as day-to-day with knee soreness and is questionable for the matchup. Meanwhile, Porzingis may or may not suit up Saturday after suffering a knee injury Thursday.

Porzingis said Thursday that he didn't believe his knee injury was serious - and he appears to be correct based on the information the Knicks released Friday. "Play in front of those fans. I spent a lot of time there, nearly seven years there", he said. I hope NY can do it. 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.

The 22-year-old said he felt his knee "buckle a little bit" while throwing a pass in the second quarter.

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks waves to the fans as he walks off the court after the 114-113 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Madison Square Garden
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Anthony was traded to Thunder in late September as the team went all-in on a run for a championship this season.

Anthony said after a triple-overtime victory in Philadelphia on Friday that he expected a fun night in NY. "I think it will be more cheers". "But you never know".

There's less reason to worry than in Anthony's final years in NY.

Porzingis is the NBA's eighth-leading scorer, averaging 25.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks, and is a key reason why the Knicks enter Saturday with a 15-13 record.

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. "I mean I spent a lot of time there, nearly seven years". He tried to help the team win whether it was the style some fans want or didn't want but he competed night in and night out. "He knows the rims, knows the court, knows everything very well", said Hardaway, who is now sidelined with a stress injury in his left leg.



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