The hapless NY Knicks blew a 10-point lead over the lowly New Orleans Pelicans on Monday. So Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was understandably disappointed in himself, when a boy darted out onto the court with 1 minute left in the game.
The boy, who looked to be about 10, rushed over to his favorite Knicks player, Carmelo, and hugged him. The youngster probably wanted ‘Melo to know that — despite the humiliating loss to the injury-plagued Pelicans — the sun will come out tomorrow.
The 6’ 8″, 31-year-old superstar patted the boy on the head as stunned players looked on and a few fans applauded.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the boy ran back up into the stands to join his mother, who took pictures of her son’s security breach.
Mother and son were not ejected from the arena, the NY Post reports. But they will likely be banned from future home games to discourage other kids from running out on the court to meet their favorite stars.
After the game, Anthony responded to a reporter’s question about the lack of security.
“It’s definitely a security issue,” Anthony said. “But it was a little kid.”
He said he was “shocked” to see the kid hugging his thigh.
“That never happened,” said Anthony, who has a 9-year-old son, Kiyan, with socialite La La Anthony. “That was the first time. Very surprised. He was a little kid. I was shocked. I really didn’t know who was it until I looked down.”
The Knicks lost to the Pelicans 99-91 in a meaningless road game that leaves NY with a 30-45 record for the season.
The Knicks were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday. But Monday’s embarrassing loss to the Pelicans’ bench team was a bitter pill to swallow.
“We should’ve won this game — a team who has [four] of their starters out,” said Anthony. “Those guys play limited minutes. It’s a game we should’ve won.”