Rockets PF Ryan Anderson made the Knicks regret passing on him in the potential Carmelo Anthony trade with a 21-point performance on Wednesdsay night.
The Rockets came to The Garden and gave the Knicks a reality check, snapping their three-game losing streak with a 119-97 win. Anderson was a key part of the Rockets' scoring outburst, and he admitted it was good to get a win against the team that shunned him and his pricey contract.
"It felt good," Anderson told The Post's Fred Kerber. "No, seriously this was just a game we needed to win to get our flow back. It felt like this was the kind of uplifting game we needed to move forward. Of course, it feels good to play well in Madison Square Garden at any time."
Though Anderson's on-court play hurt the Knicks last night, he wasn't hurt that the team passed on him this offseason.
"No, because it's the NBA and at the end of the day I'm doing what I love," Anderson said. "I know this [Houston] is a team that values me. I know that they were put into an odd position because obviously Carmelo is a great talent. And this is a league of superstar teams so the name may have sounded good and enticing, but I know this was run by Carmelo."
Anderson was the main reason Melo couldn't join his good friends James Harden and Chirs Paul down in Houston. The forward is owed $61 million over the next three years, and the Knicks -- who are amidst a rebuild -- didn't want that kind of money hindering their process.
Through all the rumors, Anderson kept a clear mind as he has been the focal point of trade talks in the past.
"This is my 10th season and I've been a part of a lot of trade rumors," Anderson said. "I tried to stay as clear away from it as possible because at the end of the day, it's out of my control."
"A lot of things that happened this summer were circumstances the media made a little bigger than I feel like it was. I stayed in contact with my agent. I told him, 'If anything hapenns just tell me. I just want to know in advance.'"
Instead, Anderson stayed with the Rockets as Anthony joined the Thunder. He is averaging 13.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and shooting 43 percent from the field while starting all nine games with Houston.