Carmelo: No reason for Knicks fans to boo me at MSG

OKLAHOMA CITY – Carmelo Anthony said the “chapter is closed’’ on his Knicks’ stint with Thursday’s 105-84 victory. However, there may be one more page – Dec. 16 when Anthony and the Thunder visit the Garden for the first time since the trade.

Always a lightning rod, the Garden reaction to Anthony’s return will be fascinating, especially after his tweet that being in New York was “hell.’’

Anthony isn’t worried. He thinks it will be all good on that Saturday night on Broadway amid Christmas season.

“It’s too far away to think about yet, but it will be a home game for me,’’ Anthony told The Post late Thursday as he left the Chesapeake Energy Arena. “(I have) a good feeling. I have a good feel about that one. Coming back and playing in front of those fans. I feel good about that.’’

So only cheers?

“I hope so,’’ Anthony said. “I don’t see why not. We’ll see when that time comes. I’m not worried about how they take (the tweet). I said what I said and that’s it.’’

The big question is whether the Knicks decide to stage a video montage for Anthony’s return. With Phil Jackson gone, chances are enhanced.

Thunder coach Billy Donovan, a Long Islander, said Anthony’s Garden visit will be the bigger event.

“I always felt when you play against your former team, it’s always more emotional when you have to go back to the place that you played,’’ Donovan said. “I think (Thursday night) was more about his first game with the Thunder, opening night.”

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Anthony’s estranged wife, La La and son Kiyan, who were courtside Thursday, are still living in New York. Kiyan wore a sweatshirt with “Hoodie’’ written across the front – which has become Anthony’s new trademark look. (Jordan Brand launched an official “Hoodie Melo” sweatshirt Thursday).

As far as missing New York and living in the NBA’s smallest market, Anthony said it’s been no factor. He’s known most of the hotspots in town from his visits. Lance Thomas hung at Anthony’s place Wednesday night but a dinner with ex-teammates did not materialize.

“It’s been an easy transition for me,’’ Anthony said.


With very limited tickets available for Saturday’s home opener, the Knicks have a chance of selling out. That probably won’t be the norm this season. The team drew an average of 16,000 for their three preseason games – a very low number for them. Capacity is 19,812. The Knicks have sold out 277 of the last 278 regular-season games – the lone miss coming during the blizzard game last March vs. Indiana.

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