The highlights began on the Madison Square Garden video board and the cheers started building.
Then the camera showed Carmelo Anthony sitting in his baseline seat. The crowd erupted.
Anthony stood up and waved, taking in the thunderous ovation.
Technically a member of the Chicago Bulls for now, Anthony was on hand to watch his old team play his close friend Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat on Sunday.
It was a warm reception for the former Knicks star.
"He was the one when you came in here, you were like, 'Oh goodness. We gotta get ready for this guy,' " Knicks coach David Fizdale said before the game. "He could put 50 on your head. He made this place electric. He really did. And I know that was one of those things, him being a New Yorker too, just added a whole other air to it. I know him being here tonight means a lot to the guy in the other locker room, D-Wade. They’re really close and really good friends."