As he prepares to face the New York Knicks for the first time since being traded, Thunder star Carmelo Anthony said Wednesday he felt “stabbed in the back” and “pushed out” by his old franchise.
Anthony will make his debut with the Thunder on Thursday night against the Knicks in Oklahoma City.
“I always envisioned myself coming back, even when I was being pushed out,” Anthony told reporters at the Thunder’s practice. “I think for me, I knew what was going on behind closed doors, I knew the talk that was happening. I just wanted them to come to me direct and say, ‘Look, this is what we’re thinking,’ and not have to read it or hear about it and then go to them and say, ‘What is this?’ If they felt that I just wanted them to be honest and direct.
“I think I was very honest and direct with them about wanting to be in New York, wanting to be on a winning team, wanting to have a good team. I was very honest with that. I just didn’t feel like they were honest with me.”