GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony returned to practice with the Knicks after a couple of dismal days dealing with migraines. He is expected to play on Wednesday in Chicago in the first of the Knicks’ back-to-back games against the Bulls.
Anthony first felt the pain when he was on the free-throw line on Saturday in Washington. He missed Sunday’s loss to Sacramento at the Garden. The Knicks are 0-8 without Anthony.
“There’s no explanation for this,” Anthony said. “I used to get migraines years ago when I was in Denver, but I haven’t had one in a while. I don’t know what triggered it. It just happened. If anybody had migraines, you know it kind of drains you and kind of takes everything away from you. Happy to be back on the court and playing.
“When I felt it, I was on the free-throw line. The lights just started flickering. Everything was flickering. The basket was like wavering. It’s something that you cannot explain.”
Anthony said he started feeling better on Monday.
“I was able to get through practice,” he said. “Felt good in practice. Trying to get my energy back. Overall, I feel pretty good.”
Said coach Kurt Rambis: “He looked a little tired to me. But he went through everything in practice and he went through with enthusiasm and there was a smile on his face.”
The smile probably had a lot to do with his beloved Syracuse unexpectedly reaching the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
“I told y’all a couple of days ago that Syracuse was going to make it to the Sweet 16,” Anthony said. “I said that. And now we’re going to make it to the Elite 8 and take it one day at a time.”
Anthony can only dream of the Knicks having the kind of enjoyable ride his former school is having.
Asked what he’d like to see out of his team over the last 11 games, Anthony said: “Just competing. Just go out there and compete. Hopefully, guys are not just folding it in and throwing it in, but show some type of sense of pride and go out there and compete.”
That was as far as Anthony would go in terms of speaking on the state of the Knicks, which he has been doing a lot lately.
“I’ve got no drama for y’all today,” he said.
Wroten makes an appearance. Newly signed point guard Tony Wroten attended practice. Wroten is not expected to practice or play with the team this season as he recovers from an ACL injury, Rambis said. The Knicks signed Wroten, who turns 23 on April 13, to a two-year contract last week in hopes of looking at him in the Las Vegas Summer League with an eye on the 2016-17 season.
“I want to play,” Wroten said. “I want to play as soon as possible. I also want to be as smart as possible. If that’s this year, that’s this year. If it’s not, it’s not.”