Suffering through another losing season, Carmelo Anthony needs a hug.
But the New York Knicks' All-Star forward didn't expect to get one in the middle of a game.
And that's exactly what happened Monday night. With the Knicks trailing the New Orleans Pelicans with around a minute left in the game, a young boy ran onto the court in the middle of the game to give Melo a big hug in the Big Easy. Anthony responded warmly to the kid, before one of the refs ushered him off the court.
After the incident, Melo told ESPN that he was shocked by the incident. But hey, it's better that it was a kid than a grown man running onto the court, right?
"It was a little kid," Anthony told ESPN about his friendly reaction. "I was shocked. I didn't really know who it was until I actually looked over and saw that it was a kid."
Different states have different laws for people interrupting live sports games. In New York, for example, a law was passed in 2003 after clothing designer Calvin Klein tried to get a word with then-Knicks' star Latrell Sprewell.
Melo thinks the boy being a kid saved him from experiencing legal trouble.
"I think it was because he was a little kid, they just let him go," Anthony said. "Definitely a security issue, though, for sure."
Given Melo's reaction, it was a nice moment, though.
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