When it became public knowledge that Carmelo Anthony had a no-trade clause in his Knicks' contract, it became conventional wisdom that Anthony would veto any potential trade besides to Cleveland or Houston, if at all.
It was surprising, then, to see Anthony, who has long been on the record with his love for New York City and his desires after basketball, accept a trade to a smaller city like Oklahoma City.
So how's Carmelo Anthony doing in OKC? Pretty good, according to the man himself.
"It's just a greater level of appreciation here from an athletes' standpoint, from a basketball standpoint," Anthony told Adam Caparell of Complex. "The fans are very appreciative of me coming here, of Paul coming here, and wanting to be a part of the Oklahoma City community. So from that standpoint, things are definitely going in the right direction. They've been every supportive of myself. On court is going to take care of itself."
Anthony had long been the receiving end of fan and media criticism alike during his six-and-a-half seasons at Madison Square Garden.
"It's a small, intimate environment where the fans really get to know the players and the players get to know the fans, really embrace the fans," Anthony continued to say of Oklahoma City. "It's a hand-to-hand situation out here."