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Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Posted on: February 22, 2011 2:15 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 2:46 pm
GREENBURGH, N.Y. – The guy who started it all, who put the cachet and challenges of playing in New York on his shoulders, embraced the idea of getting some help Tuesday. Amar’e Stoudemire has a co-star – and not a minute too soon, as far as he’s concerned. 

“I think that’s where it all started, when I signed here in New York,” Stoudemire said, recalling his decision to be the first star to come to the Knicks at a time when the NBA landscape is changing forever. “That pretty much opened the eyes of the rest of the basketball world that, ‘New York is a place that I’d go now.’” 

Stoudemire spoke by phone Tuesday morning with his new teammate, Carmelo Anthony, who was en route to the Knicks’ training facility after the blockbuster trade sending him from Denver to the Knicks was agreed to Monday night. The customary conference call with league officials to approve the trade was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re both really excited,” Stoudemire said. “Chauncey (Billups) is a great shooter off the screen-roll and Carmelo can space the floor from the 3-point line out. The court’s going to be open and it’s going to be hard to guard us.” 

Stoudemire said he found out that the trade had been agreed to Monday night from Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, who took the lead on closing the massive, three-team, 12-player trade with Denver and Minnesota.

"Mr. Dolan called me and told me," Stoudemire said. "We commented back and forth. The one thing I talked about when I first signed was keeping the communication open because the goal was to win a championship team."

Stoudemire and Anthony first met in high school, playing in McDonald’s All-American games and the Jordan Classic. Now, they’ll have to figure out how to co-exist on the same team – in a city that is overwhelmed with expectations that the addition of Anthony puts the Knicks in the hunt with Miami, Boston, Chicago, Orlando and Atlanta. The pressure will be stifling and the expectations unrealistic, but Stoudemire said it is precisely what Anthony was looking for since he began angling for a trade five months ago. 

“That’s what he wants,” Stoudemire said. “That’s what I wanted, coming to New York and playing on the big stage. We have that same swag. We’re going to do it together.” 

Stoudemire likened the addition of Anthony to Phoenix giving him Steve Nash in Phoenix, when current Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni was the coach there.

"We went to the Western Conference finals and won 60-odd games," Stoudemire said. "We built a championship caliber team. That's something that's been overlooked, what I did for that franchise."

Now, Stoudemire brings in Anthony, whose union was first discussed publicly at Anthony's wedding in July -- when Chris Paul raised a glass to forming "our own Big Three in New York." Two down, one to go -- though Stoudemire smiled when asked if he'd spoken with a certain New Orleans point guard since the trade went down.

"No, I haven't talked to him at all," Stoudemire said.

It took Stoudemire’s pals in Miami, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, a solid two months before they got used to playing with each other. With Amar’e and Melo, there will be bumps in the road. But Stoudemire said “there’s no doubt” they’re compatible. 

“Every team needs a 1 and a 1-A punch,” Stoudemire said. 

If nothing else, the Knicks have that. And Stoudemire believes the guys in Miami and Boston will take notice. 

“I think they know it’s starting to get harder and harder in the East,” Stoudemire said.

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:38 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Big3 in Miami. Big 3 in Boston. Big 3 in Chicago ( well maybe) and then there's Kobe and the championship Lakers.

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:37 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Very true about "building" a championship team. I would fall out of my seat if the Knicks won the championship this year but I am realistic and I know we need more pieces to make that a reality. All I am saying is that this definitely was a step in the right direction as the whole goal is to get better and we did that with this trade. And please dont sleep on Billups as someone stated earlier because he can still ball.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:15 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

@shelster: Im sure Mike Miller, Eddie House, and Big Z all signed so they could be go-to guys in Miami. Next summer those same type of role players will be flocking to NYC to play with Melo and Amare. Same thing happened with Boston when House and Posey signed up to play with the Big 3. I wouldn't count out CP3 joining the fray in 2 years either. Oh and no offense but the Heat have no one to guard Amare. Bosh plays weak D and isn't physical enough to match up.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:07 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

I think it was a good trade for the Knicks... When you can get a top star for average/above average palyers, you make the deal. However being a Heat fan, while LeBron will guard Carmelo... Who will guard LeBron...or Wade ...or Bosh? While also hating the Celtics, I ask Knick fans...who will guard Garnett..or Pierce or Allen...?  Knicks got better, but still a level below Heat and Celtics and even the Bulls. It would be a fun game watching them against Orlando.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:59 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

I would like to comment to that. Just because we got Melo doesn't mean we're going to the NBA Finals this year. It doesn't really matter if we don't go far in this year's playoffs. We are "building" towards that eventual championship. Right now we're putting the pieces in place. So can we PLEASE be excited that our Knicks can NOW begin to take their rightful place with the likes of the other  elite teams? But my question to everyone else, Do you think we stay with Dantoni or get a better coach??

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:21 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

You have it exactly right sir (Lordheadzo). When you have the opportunity to get one of the elite scorers/players in the NBA in his PRIME then you make the trade. Sure the young fellas are descent and are putting up pretty good numbers but lets remember that this was under Dantoni's system. Lets see how they do out West playing for George Carl and playing against the Lakers, Spurs, Dallas, etc... every night. Lets see how they are in 2 yrs? In 4 yrs? We have no idea how well they will be playing then. But guess what, we know what we are getting with Carmelo Anthony because he has been doing it for the past 7 years. GOOD TRADE IN MY BOOK!

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:38 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

I didn't call anyone a spic there my rocket scientist friend.  That comment makes the rest of us crackers look dumb; which I assume you are either that or arab given your screen name. make yourself look dumb all by your little lonesome.  you do NOT need anyone's help with that.

so you draw the line at racial insults but making fun of other men's looks is quite alright.  now I get it.  glad we got that clear.  i personally do not care what other nameless, faceless people on the internet have to say about each other or about me (tasteless or otherwise) but you have decided to take on some bizarre crusade against my inflammatory remarks...all the while ragging on the facial features of professional sports figures.  sound about right?    
p.s. - what is with the odd fixation on other men's looks anyway?  just strange

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:27 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

This is a great addition to New York!  I don't understand how anybody with any sense can think that the trade was a bad one?  The Knicks were two (2) games over .500 with the team as it existed before the trade.  Yes, it was a young team and it might very well have improved over time, but all of you doubters are kidding yourselves if you thought that the pre-trade Knicks would have evolved into an elite team.  The Knicks now have one of the best tandems in the league in Amar'e and 'Melo!  AMAR'E AND MELO ARE STUDS IN THEIR PRIME!  WHEN YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO PICK UP A FUTURE HALL OF FAME PLAYER LIKE 'MELO, YOU DO IT!!!  And people are forgetting about Billups!  BILLUPS CAN STILL PLAY AND HE HAS A RING!!!  Boston, Miami and Orlando are on notice.  They know that the KNICKS WILL BE DANGEROUS COME PLAYOFF TIME!!!  It took LeBron, DWade and Bosh about 20 games to figure it out.  The Knicks have 28 left.  It will be exciting to watch...

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:25 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

 I didn't call anyone a spic there my rocket scientist friend.  That comment makes the rest of us crackers look dumb; which I assume you are either that or arab given your screen name. 

Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:24 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Welcome to NY Carmelo Anthony!!!

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