"Sometimes as players you're sore, certain movements doctors will say that's nothing", Hornacek said of Porzingis testing the knee beforehand.
"I'm excited to go back and play in the Garden", Anthony told Oklahoma City reporters Wednesday. But he also put in some iconic performances, handled Phil Jackson's public criticism quite well and seemed to maintain a professionalism despite constant trade rumors throughout his final season in NY. Up next, the 10-time NBA All-Star will return to the building where he spent seven seasons of his illustrious career before he was traded to the Thunder this offseason.
"How can I not miss NY", added Anthony. "I became entrenched not just with the Knicks but the city as well".
"It's not like I was there for a year or two seasons", he said.
Even though Porzingis was forced to the sideline in the third quarter, the Knicks notched their 15th win of the season. Anthony formed a Big 3 with fellow All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George, an experiment that hasn't gone as desired thus far.
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"I didn't know that to be honest", Thomas said. I want to win for many reasons.
Though Anthony left NY in unfavourable conditions, the star forward believes he still shares a bond with fervent basketball fans in the Big Apple.
Former team president Phil Jackson longed to unload Anthony last season, but the Knicks weren't sure what to expect when they finally did make a deal on the eve of training camp. Following a medical reevaluation on Friday, the team officially had listed Porzingis as "day-to-day" and "questionable" for Anthony's return. "They just need some time to try to get used to each other and stuff, but once they get the chemistry together, I think they're gonna beat Houston, Golden State, whoever, in the West".
"We'll see how it feels [on Friday] and we'll go from there", Porzingis said.
"Look, we all got to move on, man. It's a little bit special for me".
Not many athletes are willing to play in NY and deal with the enormous media demands, and in terms of the Knicks, also cope with decades of mixed results at best.