On Saturday night, Carmelo Anthony received a mostly warm reception from New York Knicks fans as he returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time since being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. A game that would no doubt be emotional, his former club played a tribute video for Anthony before his name was called during the traditional starting lineup introductions. The clip included highlights from Anthony’s 6½ seasons with the Knicks, which was met with a loud ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd.
Surprised by the video, Anthony then thanked the organization for the gesture, “That was big-time, and for me that goes a long way. It’s a bittersweet feeling for me — coming back here, knowing the goals that I had, what I wanted to accomplish here and falling short in that category.”
Anthony went on to speak about the emotional experience of that night’s game:
“Walking in there, it will be a little emotional. 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. Having them there is very important.”
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