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. Anthony, playing the second night of a back-to-back after logging 47 minutes against Philadelphia, was held to 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting Saturday. He went scoreless in the second half, and the Knicks spoiled his return by topping the Thunder 111-96. The 10-time All Star was booed throughout the game when he touched the ball and when he subbed out of the game near the end of regulation. He said afterward that he wasn't surprised by the reaction.
Carmelo Anthony gets mostly cheers, some boos in return to MSG
ESPN | Dec 17