"I'm excited to go back and play in the Garden", Anthony told Oklahoma City reporters Wednesday.
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.
Carmelo Anthony will return to Madison Square Garden on Saturday night for the first time since being traded to the Thunder, and Kristaps Porzingis hopes that Knicks fans will give Anthony a friendly reception.
Anthony is struggling right along with the Thunder, a top-25 scorer in National Basketball Association history potentially on his way to the worst season of his career.
"How can I not miss NY", added Anthony. "I became entrenched not just with the Knicks but the city as well". "I mean, I spent a lot of time there, nearly seven years".
The blockbuster trade paired Anthony with 2016 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and NBA All Star Paul George. The New York Knicks are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 79.9 percent from the free throw line. "Other movements, the doctors might say, 'That's something.' I think he just wants to make sure".
NY will attempt to build on their 3 game win streak after their victory over the Brooklyn Nets, 111 - 104; Lee: 18 of 27 points in second half.
"I believe that. I believe that", he said. I am not anxious about them. "But without him this year I've had more of an opportunity".
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. "It'll be fun to win back in the Garden now that I'm on another team and knowing the things we're trying to do and what we're trying to create and where we're trying to go as a team". Anthony said he has stayed in touch with a number of players on the team, but he hasn't been tracking their every game. "Got us the buckets". "Those guys, from what I'm hearing, the little bit that I've seen, are playing well". He said he felt his knee "buckle a little" while making a second-quarter pass.
Not many athletes are willing to play in NY and deal with the enormous media demands, and in terms of the Knicks, also cope with decades of mixed results at best.
There's less reason to worry than in Anthony's final years in NY.