MELO GETS HIS REVENGE
MELO HELPS OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER SHUT DOWN HIS FORMER TEAM IN SEASON OPENER
How ’bout them Knicks?
In the Oklahoma City Thunder season opener last night Carmelo Anthony and his new hoodie made their debut. Their opponent: Melo’s former team as of a month ago, the New York Knicks.
This past summer was headlined by the news of Kyrie Irving’s trade but the only thing New Yorkers cared about was the abrupt departure of Carmelo Anthony. Anthony had been the centerpiece of the team for the latter half of 10 years and some new hope had been built between his relationship with upstart Kristaps Porzingis. Suddenly, Melo was traded and the two faced opposite sides of the court.
The Thunder blew out New York with a 105-84 victory, one that saw Melo score 22 points and the also debuting Paul George rack up 28 points. Last year’s MVP Russel Westbrook would not be out-shined by his new teammates with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists (the 80th triple-double of his career).
Only two Knicks members were able to generate any productivity, Enes Kanter (part of the Carmelo trade to OKC) and the new golden boy Porzingis. Kanter managed 10 points and seven rebounds while Porzingis lead New York with 31 points and 12 rebounds (19 of those points were after the first half to keep the Knicks in the game).
Melo was of course amazed at Westbrook’s performance while happy to see Porzingis taking the lead. At least Carmelo is happy. Despite Phil Jackson not being a part of the Knick’s organization anymore, revenge is a dish best served cold. Fitting since according to Melo: “He would’ve traded me for a bag of chips” (when asked about Phil Jackson).
Opening night for the Knicks is the 21st when they host the Detroit Pistons.