After waiving his no-trade-clause and accepting a deal that sent him to Oklahoma City, Carmelo Anthony is preparing to return to Madison Square Garden as a visiting player once again.
Anthony spoke at length to Royce Young of ESPN about New York, the Knicks and his impending visit to the Garden.
"How could I not miss New York?" Anthony said. "I became entrenched into not just the Knicks, but the city as a whole. Those are my roots, the people there, I became one of them. I've embraced New York City. I embraced the culture, embraced everything about the city, so yeah, definitely."
The former Knick believes it'll be 'a little emotional' returning 'home.'
"Walking in there, it'll be a little emotional, because from the standpoint, that's home," Anthony said. "Being back in there, being on the other side, running out the other side of the tunnel, seeing people that I became close with, seeing my family that I can't really much right now because I'm in Oklahoma City -- my son, my wife -- seeing them, having them be there is very important. So I think it'll be a fun game, a fun night. Emotional as far as excited being back on that court."
As for how he'll be treated by the fans, Anthony is hoping for the best.
"It's not like I was there for a year or two seasons," Anthony said. "I mean, I spent a lot of time there, almost seven years. It was great times, it was bad times, but regardless, I always stuck with it, I always remained professional, I always came and did my job whether people liked me or not, so hopefully they recognize that."