Anthony spent seven years in NY but the Knicks could never find a core to work well with him, leaving them out of the playoffs in four of those seasons.
"This is an important game for me because it gives me an opportunity to go out there and kind of close that chapter", said Anthony.
Essentially being told he wasn't wanted didn't make matters any easier. "Then past year it went to: I was being pushed out". Anthony's long-held determination to outlast Jackson in NY had eroded, and even after Jackson's departure from the Knicks in late June he no longer wanted to stick around. There were things being said about me that I didn't know where they were coming from.
"I think at that point it was too far gone", Anthony said.
On the eve of the Thunder's season opener against the Knicks tomorrow, Carmelo Anthony spoke to Marc Stein, now of the New York Times, about the process of switching conferences and leaving New York after six drama-filled and mostly pointless seasons. "We didn't think it would take as long as it did, but my mind was already made up". Houston and Cleveland tried to trade for him, and Portland had perhaps the best available offer, but Anthony ultimately left for the decidedly uncosmopolitan prarie of Oklahoma City.
"My son said he wanted me to play for O.K.C.", he said. "Even before O.K.C. was in the picture".
While powerhouse teams like the Golden State Warriors stand in their way, Anthony is still looking forward to getting a fresh start, especially with how his final season in NY went.