New York Knicks center Enes Kanter thought he was getting a chance to play in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies, walking from the bench toward the scorer's table as fans cheered.

Assistant coach Keith Smart actually wanted Dennis Smith Jr., so Kanter returned to his seat as the cheers quickly turned to boos.

"He did say Dennis and I looked at him, I looked at the other players. They're looking at me. I am like, 'OK, I guess he called my name,' and then I got up," Kanter said. "I just walked in there and they said nope, sit down. The crowd was like, 'Ugh.' "

Fans boo Joakim Noah

The Memphis Grizzlies' Joakim Noah was booed nearly every time he touched the ball in his first game at Madison Square Garden since his failed run here that ended with him banished from the team after an argument with former coach Jeff Hornacek.

Noah, who had been given a $72 million, four-year deal by Phil Jackson to return to his hometown, was eventually waived and signed with the Grizzlies. Noah, who scored four points, felt the Knicks underachieved while he was here.

 "I take some blame. I didn't perform to what I was capable of, even though I had a lot of injuries, I had a lot going on outside the court," Noah said. "So it's disappointing. It's definitely something I have to live with."

On the mend

The bruised relationship between former Cavaliers players LeBron James and Kyrie Irving has been repaired, James said this weekend.

"Me and Kyrie are in a good place right now. I love the man that he’s becoming, I love the challenges he’s accepted and I always wish the best for him," James told The Athletic on Saturday.

The friendship between the two NBA stars was damaged when Irving left for the Boston Celtics before the 2017 season. Irving apologized last month for the difficult time he gave James as a younger player.