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Josh Harrellson is impressed with Nerlens Noel

In their effort to add veteran pieces around Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks made a number of offseason moves.

One of them was to send popular rookie Josh Harrellson — along with Toney Douglas andJerome Jordan — to Houston in exchange for Marcus Camby.

Nicknamed “Jorts,” Harrellson returned to New York for the first time Friday night as a member of the , which suffered a 104-84 beatdown by Anthony and the Knicks.

“It's weird, it's my first home so the Knicks always have a place special to me for giving me my first opportunity in the ,” said Harrellson, who lived in Rockaway, N.Y., which has been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, while he was with the Knicks.

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