The uniforms were greener on the other side Tuesday night. Beyond that, though, are the Knicks in general -- and Carmelo Anthony in particular -- really coveting Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo?
Could the eighth-year veteran and four-time All-Star satisfy Anthony's stated yearning to be surrounded by the kind of star players that would at last help him to earn a championship ring?
Based on Tuesday night's one-game snapshot, it would be odd to think so. Not only did the Knicks bludgeon Boston, 114-88, but Knicks point guard Raymond Felton slightly outshone the recently recuperated Rondo, back after 11 months rehabilitating a surgically repaired knee.
Felton produced eight assists, four rebounds, a steal and four points in 25 minutes; Rondo had five assists, two rebounds, a steal and seven points in 27 minutes.
But Rondo's career body of work is something any incomplete team would hanker for. The Knicks' Mike Woodson, speaking strictly as an opposing coach, called Rondo a "battle-tested" player who "knows how to run a ballclub."
"When he's really right," Woodson said, "he's a nightmare, because he's pushing the ball and making a lot of things happen."
A whirling dervish with instincts and vision that allow him to regularly befuddle opponents, the 6-1 Rondo has styled himself as "He-Man" for his ability to thrive among far bigger players.
He has led the league in steals (189 in 2009-10) once and average assists twice (11.7 and 11.1 in 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively) and embodies the premier point-guard asset of serving his team's big scorers.
Something Anthony might pine for.
Because of Rondo's long absence -- he tore his knee ligament just over a year ago -- first-year Celtics coach Brad Stevens is just beginning to benefit from Rondo's skills.
Against the Nets on Sunday, Rondo scored 13 points, handed out eight assists, collected eight rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes of action.
"Obviously," Stevens said, "it's his ability to find guys cutting, his ability to deliver the ball in small spaces. We talked about how this is his exhibition season, and now we're on game six, and I think one of the great strides he's made is he's been able to go up in minutes."
Meanwhile, Rondo said, "Things will get better. I'm not too down on myself. I'm very positive. Just need to get my timing, my floaters, just get my touch around the rim, be a lot more consistent," he said. "My body's holding up, so I feel fine."
To Stevens, Rondo "is still in the rehab stage . . . it's not gone fluid yet. But he's giving everything he has. He's been great, on the bench and in the locker room and everywhere else."
Anyone here green with envy?