Thunder F Carmelo Anthony couldn't believe what happened to his former Knicks teammate Kristaps Porzingis on Tuesday.
Porzingis tore his ACL following a dunk over Giannis Antetokounmpo after landing awkwardly on the court. The news swept across the NBA, and many expressed their support for the Knicks' new franchise player, including their former one.
"It's sad, man. It's sad," Anthony said to a group of reporters in Oklahoma City. "It's just sad to know that injury, the type of year he's been having, the growth that he has had over this past couple years and even this season."
Anthony and Porzingis were the one-two punch for the Knicks since the big man was drafted back in 2015. After Anthony was traded to OKC, Porzingis has thrived in the spotlight with 22.7 points per game and a league-leading 2.4 blocks per game as well.
That performance earned Porzingis a trip to the All-Star game, and a spot on Team LeBron. He has always wanted to play in the All-Star game, but he will have to focus on his recovery now to be ready by the start of next season.
"As a friend, forget basketball, as a friend, as a little brother, it's hard to see anybody go through that," Anthony said. "But to see him have to deal with that, it's tough. It's tough to see and tough to watch."
Anthony says he plans to reach out to Porzingis soon.