Carmelo Anthony ready for 'emotional' return vs. Knicks

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Porzingis certainly is in the minority with that line of thinking, but when asked Thursday about Melo's return to NY, the 22-year-old tried to quiet the jeers before they even began.

Saturday's game is a notable one considering it will be Carmelo Anthony's first trip back to Madison Square Garden since the Knicks traded him to the Thunder this offseason. "I'm actually looking forward to just being back in there, playing in front of family, friends".

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.

"It's not like I was there for a year or two seasons", he said. A different relationship, different bond with the city, with the fans, with the people.

"I felt my knee buckle a little bit, and I felt a little pain there".

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The Knicks expect a warm reception for their former team captain, who was traded to Oklahoma City in September for Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and a second-round pick. "So it's more about being cautious", Porzingis said on Thursday night.

"I think it will be an appreciation, " Anthony said. So I think it'll be a fun game, a fun night.

New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis is questionable for Saturday's home game against Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder. "But you never know".

Porzingis has averaged 25.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots this season. 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. "I've never seen that before in my 13 years in the league".

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