Carmelo Anthony -- 'I Really Love' Porzingis ... Meeting With Him Today

Don't give up on Knicks draft pick Kristaps Porzingis just yet ... Carmelo Anthony isn't -- telling TMZ Sports, "I really love him."
Melo was leaving Madeo in L.A. on a double date with his wife La La Anthony, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and his GF Ciara ... when we asked about C.A.'s newest teammate from Latvia. Melo says ... adding that he's planning to squeeze in a workout with Porzingis, "I really love him. I feel him. I'm gonna get with him tomorrow." It's big news considering there were reports that Anthony was pissed at the Knicks for using the 4th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on Kristaps -- a player some experts see as a "project" who could take several years to develop. For now, seems Anthony's a fan ... at least, that's what he wants us to think.