The moment said a lot about Carmelo Anthony and Jason Kidd.
Anthony was heroic in Sunday’s game at Madison Square Garden, leading the Knicks to a 112-106 victory over the Denver Nuggets with a game-high 34 points. Fans cheered at the buzzer because Anthony’s return to the team, after two games out with a finger injury, played a vital part in the team’s success.
Immediately after the game, though, Anthony wanted to find Kidd, who had scored half as many points but who Anthony knew had had just as big an effect on the game. Anthony went over to Kidd to hug him and say “thank you.”
That signified just how much Anthony, the Knicks’ best player, values having Kidd as a teammate.