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Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose have Thanksgiving dinner at Carmelo Anthony's home

PHILADELPHIA -- Carmelo Anthony helped bridge the gap between the Chicago Bulls' past and present Thursday night by hosting a Thanksgiving dinner that included Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade.

Various pictures of Anthony, Rose and Wade popped up on social media Thursday night, with all three smiling among family and friends.

Wade posted a photo on his Instagram account of himself with Anthony and their wives, thanking the New York Knicks star for hosting them.

Anthony's wife, La La Anthony, also posted a picture on her Twitter account of her husband, Wade and Rose.

"I was happy to get a home-cooked meal," Wade said after Friday's shootaround. "It was cool. Last year [the Heat] were in New York, so I was able to have Thanksgiving with the Anthonys, me and my wife, and this year because we were so close we were able to go up there again.

"Derrick obviously didn't have any family in New York and did the same thing [we did]. So it's good to have somewhere on Thanksgiving to kind of feel like you're part of a family."

Wade took a helicopter with his wife, actress Gabrielle Union, from Philadelphia -- where the Bulls were staying in advance of Friday's game against the 76ers -- to Anthony's New York home. Wade said he and Rose talked about Chicago a little bit at the Thanksgiving table.

Rose, who grew up in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood, was dealt by the Bulls to the Knicks over the summer after eight seasons in Chicago. Wade, who is from Robbins, Illinois, signed with the Bulls after playing 13 seasons for the Miami Heat.

"We talked a little bit," Wade said. "Obviously it was table talk, so I can't tell you all what we talked about, but obviously we talked a little bit about Chicago and he asked me how it is to be home. And he knows that my family is probably excited that I'm back at the crib because he's played at home before. And I think him being excited he's in New York -- so just regular banter."

Rose said he enjoyed the catering at Anthony's so much that he plans to hire the caterer for meals in New York. He noted that Anthony had four different types of turkey.

"They had everything you could think of. He's doing it right. Melo's doing it right," added Rose, who said he brought five or six bottles of wine to the occasion.

Rose said it can be difficult to be away from family for holidays.

"But being around the people I was around yesterday, it didn't matter. They made me feel like I was home," he said. "It was perfect."

Information from ESPN's Ian Begley was used in this report.

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