NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 1:23 AM
There was a time when the rival Heat sharing an in-season holiday meal with anyone on the Knicks was unthinkable.
But Miami stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and their wives spent Thanksgiving with close friend Carmelo Anthony and his wife, La La, in New York one day before the Heat’s 97-78 win Friday at the Garden.
“Especially as you get older, if you’re around your family and everything, that’s a wonderful thing,” Bosh told reporters before the game. “But if you’re around friends, wives always talk and they get together around the league, and just any kind of family atmosphere is always great to be in.”
The three perennial All-Stars long have been connected; they all were picked in succession among the top five selections in the 2003 NBA draft.
“Obviously, Thanksgiving on the road is always tough,” Wade said. “But if you’re able to spend it with your wives and then at a good friend’s house, where you feel at home, it makes it a little easier. So it was a good night.
“We just hung out. It was just Thanksgiving dinner, have some good food and some great conversation.”
Adrienne Bosh and Wade’s wife, actress Gabrielle Union, posted several photos of the group and their Thanksgiving meal on Instagram and Twitter, along with the hashtag #TheAnthonyBoshWadeThanksgiving.
They combined for just eight points Friday night, but Knicks coach Derek Fisher likes what he’s seen from his starting backcourt of veterans Jose Calderon and Arron Afflalo in the first nine games since the latter returned from a hamstring injury on Nov. 11. Afflalo is averaging 11.2 points since returning, with Calderon averaging 10.1 and four assists over that span.
“I think they’ve found a way to kind of add some stability to our first group,” Fisher said. “Jose has really gotten better over every game over the last few weeks. Arron, who is still working his way back into condition, still has a presence when he’s out on the court. He physically impacts the game on both sides of the ball.”
Former Knicks big man Amare Stoudemire did not accompany the Heat to New York and missed his third straight game due to an undisclosed illness. The six-time All-Star has appeared in only two games for Miami since signing a one-year deal worth $ 1.4 million (the NBA veteran minimum) over the summer…Derrick Williams scored nine points in 18 minutes after not playing Wednesday in Orlando.