Anthony played seven seasons with the Knicks and was an All-Star in all but his final year, and was often regarded by Porzingis as a great teammate and mentor. "Emotional as far as excited being back on that court".
Anthony was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott, ending months of drama with the New York Knicks that began with then-team president Phil Jackson publicly stating his desire to trade Anthony.
Anthony, who had a full no-trade clause, was adamant that he meant to remain in NY, but controversy with then-team president Phil Jackson led to his decision to waive the clause and head to Oklahoma City.
"Walking in there, it will be a little emotional, " Anthony continued.
Porzingis has assumed the role of go-to scorer and playmaker for NY and has responded with 25.5 points per game.
After escaping Philadelphia with a triple overtime win Saturday, the Thunder flew to NY overnight to prepare for the Knicks. "I'm actually looking forward to just being back in there, playing in front of family, friends".
"I believe that. I believe that", Anthony said Friday.
"I felt my knee buckle a little bit, and I felt a little pain there, so it's more about being cautious", Porzingis told reporters.
"That's home", said Anthony, who was also booed on Saturday when he had the ball in his hands early in the game.
Porzingis has shown an ability to navigate the NY media landscape well; being the Knicks' star comes with incredible scrutiny, but the Latvian-who is still just 22 (!) years old-always says the right thing. So I think it'll be a fun game, a fun night.
Anthony, 33, returns averaging 18 points per game with the Thunder this season. I've embraced New York City.