Knicks notes as NY prepares for game vs Thunder tonight

Lynette Rowe
December 17, 2017

The Knicks welcome Anthony back on Saturday, trying to extend their surprising start though perhaps without the new main man in Madison Square Garden. They've had some tough games, but the most important thing is they stay together...

"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", Kristaps Porzingis said Thursday.

So, how do you expect Anthony's return to NY to go? Anthony was the scoring champion for the 2012-2013 season after averaging 28.7 points per game. Russell Westbrook is averaging 22.6 points and 9.9 assists while Paul George is averaging 20.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. "I think that change sometimes is hard". "I'm standing. It's just them being cautious".

When asked about what type of reception he will likely get from the NY crowd, Anthony said that he anticipates the atmosphere will be a positive one. I still believe they are the best team in the West...

It was fleeting, but for a slight time Saturday, it seemed like Kristaps Porzingis might play for the Knicks. George was showered with boos throughout his IN return Wednesday that ended with a Thunder victory.

"How could I not miss NY?"

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Anthony, like Patrick Ewing before him, failed to win a title, yet Ewing is beloved in NY and the affection for Anthony is likely to be positive as well.

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.

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

Former team president Phil Jackson longed to unload Anthony last season, but the Knicks weren't sure what to expect when they finally did make a deal on the eve of training camp. They're having fun, they're enjoying the game. "I embraced the culture, embraced everything about the city, so yeah, definitely". But that will always be a part of me.

Meanwhile, New York is 15-13 SU and 16-12 ATS.

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