The Rockets' return to Madison Square Garden could have given forward Ryan Anderson thoughts of how close he came to calling New York home. It didn't largely because he never thought a trade to the Knicks was close in the first place.

Anderson said the thought did cross his mind when the Rockets played the Knicks in the preseason, but even before Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Anderson said he never believed the Rockets and Knicks were close to a deal that would have sent Anthony to Houston and Anderson to New York.

"I don't think that was too much of a realistic thought to a lot of people because it was so much of what you believe. There were so many different news articles.

"Maybe in preseason there was a little bit of a thought because it was so fresh, but not at all now, I'm ready to move forward this year. We have a battle tonight. We have to focus on that. That's 100 percent where my mind is now."

Anderson said he was in contact with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and vice president Gersson Rosas so often in the offseason that if something were close he would have known.