Carmelo Anthony looking forward to MSG return

Kristaps Porzingis Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis Knicks

"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".

"I think he was as professional as he can be in his time here in NY, so I don't see why they would not receive him with love", Porzingis was quoted as saying by ESPN on Friday. "Emotional as far as excited being back on that court", Anthony said on the eve of the game, via ESPN.

Fresh off a thrilling triple-overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Carmelo Anthony is now gearing up for his first game back at Madison Square Garden to face his former New York Knicks team.

Kristaps Porzingis was out of the lineup against Carmelo and the Oklahoma City Thunder, one game after pulling himself from Thursday's win over the Nets with a sore left knee.

Oklahoma City arrived with a middling 14-14 mark, still adjusting to adding All-Stars Anthony and Paul George to reigning league MVP Russell Westbrook. Embiid told reporters, "This is my home". Anthony was the scoring champion for the 2012-2013 season after averaging 28.7 points per game.

"It's not like I was there for a year or two seasons", he said. "I spent a lot of time there, nearly seven years there", he said. I became one of them.

Jackson and Anthony clashed over playing style and offensive system, with Jackson looking to install the triangle, something that didn't mesh well with Anthony.

"I didn't know that to be honest", Thomas said.

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"He'll talk with those guys about how his movements are". "I think that change sometimes is hard".

The real question is this: Will Porzingis be the franchise player who breaks the spell to someday give the Knicks a title, something they haven't won since 1973? NY is looking to snap a four-game losing streak versus the Thunder.

After visiting the Knicks, Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder will return home to host the Denver Nuggets (Monday), Utah Jazz (Wednesday) and Atlanta Hawks (Friday) before starting a new road trip.

"With it being something new, I really respect and admire their willingness to work through something that they really maybe have never done before in their careers". George returned to IN this past week and was booed mercilessly.

"It's always a show". I always came and did my job whether people liked that or not. "But without him this year I've had more of an opportunity". Jackson alternated between trying to win and trying to rebuild seemingly every season, and his insistence on running the triangle offense appeared out of touch in an era when National Basketball Association teams are pushing the pace.

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.

"Look, we all got to move on, man". He said he felt his knee "buckle a little" while making a second-quarter pass. "It's a little bit special for me". They found their team for right now.

All three players are used to having the ball in their hands, and they've been adjusting to that - not as quickly as many expected.

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