Here’s how the New York Daily News detailed Carmelo Anthony’s first game as a New York Knickerbocker.
*Carmelo Anthony felt it in the pit of his stomach the first time he ran through the tunnel, heard the roar of the crowd and made a sharp right turn toward the Knicks basket.
Home at last.
“The beginning,” Anthony said, “was a hell of a moment.”
It was an emotional conclusion to a hectic 48 hours that saw Anthony, the Brooklyn-born All-Star, traded from Denver to New York. The standing-room-only Garden crowd, the video that welcomed him and the chants of “Mel-o, Mel-o” are things Anthony will never forget.
But ultimately, it comes down to performance, and in a game in which a fatigued Anthony struggled to find a rhythm, he still made an impact when it mattered most. The newest Knick scored 11 of his 27 points in the final 11 minutes as the Knicks held on for a 114-108 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Yes, Anthony needed 25 shots – or 12 more than Amar’e Stoudemire – to score those 27 points but in the fourth quarter he sank four of eight shots including a short jumper with 26.8 seconds left that put the Knicks ahead 108-102.
“Early on I was just trying to figure it out,” Anthony said. “Towards the end of the game it came down to basketball.”
Meanwhile, his Brooklyn-born wife Lala Vazquez, who sat courtside Wednesday, said she’s thrilled to be back in New York.
“I’m just glad to be back home,” she told the Daily News after her hubby’s press conference at Madison Square Garden.
Dressed in an all-black pantsuit with 6-inch, royal-blue Louboutin heels, the former MTV host said being in New York “feels like I’m in a dream.”
In a half-time interview last night in front of the Garden crowd, the Knicks’ newest wife revealed her husband is a good cook and that she’s received over 200 referrals from real estate agents.
As previously reported, the couple, who have a 3-year-old son, Kiyan, is filming a VH1 reality series – “La La’s Full Court Life.”