Lost amid Kristaps Porzingis' NBA preseason debut Wednesday night was the impressive return of Carmelo Anthony.
Playing his first game since undergoing left knee surgery in February, Anthony looked very sharp. He made his first three shots and ended up 8-for-10 with 17 points in 20 minutes in the Knicks' 100-81 win over the Brazilian team Bauru.
"I felt good," Anthony said. "I was more excited to be out there playing, putting a uniform back on and being able to put my injury behind me at this point."
Anthony last played in the Feb. 15 All-Star Game at the Garden. He had season-ending knee surgery a few days later.
Anthony said last week that during his rehab, he never really thought he would be back on the court. Then a couple of days later, he said he believes he still can play at a high level for five years because of the surgery. This was a good first step.
"I felt great out there," Anthony said. "It was just a matter of getting those game reps. It's a lot different than playing against each other in practice with no reps and you call your own fouls. So it's about getting those game reps and that repetition and getting the flow of the game back there."
Fisher, Jackson talk. Derek Fisher said he has spoken to Knicks president Phil Jackson about the reported incident with Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes over the weekend in Los Angeles. He did not divulge details of the conversation. "Private conversations between organization and staff happen all the time about basketball, life, et cetera," Fisher said Thursday. "As far as I'm concerned, it'll stay that way. If Phil chooses to comment on it any time, that's obviously his choice. I very rarely if ever discuss publicly a lot of things that Phil and I discuss."