Carmelo Anthony received a mostly warm reception from New York Knicks fans Saturday night in his first game back at Madison Square Garden as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There were loud cheers for Anthony during his introduction, but also some audible boos.
The club played a tribute video for Anthony before his name was called during the traditional starting lineup introductions. The video showed some of the big shots and highlight games during Anthony’s 6½ seasons in New York and was met with a loud ovation from the Madison Square Garden crowd.
Anthony said he was surprised by the video and thanked the organization for the gesture.
“That was big-time, and for me that goes a long way,” Anthony said.
Anthony, 33, also said the video brought a mix of emotions as it reminded him of the Knicks’ shortcomings during his tenure.
“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,” he said.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
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