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There was a strange moment during the New York Knicks' most recent game as a young fan ran onto the court and made a beeline for Carmelo Anthony as the players on court prepared for an inbound pass. 

The kid ran directly to Melo, who appeared to be taken aback before patting the youngster on the head. Game official Kevin Cutler then escorted him from the hardwood so the action could resume. 

It was only a fleeting exchange, but a moment that sparked a lot of reaction on social media and during the post-game media responsibilities. 

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Following the Knicks' 99-91 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, the 31-year-old admitted he was 'shocked' as he did not know who it could be pulling on his shorts. 

He said: "It was a little kid. I was shocked. I didn't really know who was it until I actually looked over and saw that it was a kid."

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After running off the court, the youngster ran up the stairs past a woman, who appeared to be his guardian and ushered him towards the exit. 

It was not clear whether the child and the people with him were asked to leave the arena, and Russ Bourgeois, the chief of arena security at the Smoothie King Center declined to comment on the incident. 

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Spectators walking onto the court is not an act taken lightly in the Big Apple and, had this game taken place at Madison Square Garden, there could have been some serious repercussions for the young man and those with him.

The 'Calvin Klein Law' has been in play since 2003 in New York and sees people handed fines or even be arrested for stepping onto the court during the game. This came after famous designer Calvin Klein walked onto the hardwood at MSG and tried to talk to then-Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell.

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Melo did not seem too bothered by the events that occurred in New Orleans but did admit it was certainly a security issue.

"I think it was because he was a little kid, they just let him go. Definitely, a security issue, though, for sure."

KNICKS LOSS

The incident took place on another frustrating night for the Knicks as they dropped their 45th game of the season.

Having been in a strong position through 50 games, the franchise have endured a tough end to the season and will be counting down the days until the campaign is over. 

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After their playoff 'hopes' were officially ended over the weekend, Phil Jackson and Co. will have their sights firmly set on the off-season and figuring out a way to make the organisation competitive again. 

With Anthony and rookie Kristaps Porzingis on the roster, it makes New York and exciting prospect for free agents, but whether they get the right pieces, we will have to wait and see. 

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New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
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Carmelo Anthony

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