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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: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:07 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Damn... Just like Pheonix, this isn't a championship caliber team but it will be damn exciting to watch...

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 8:02 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

I like to point out poor personal decisions rather than traits someone is born with.
such as teeth, hair, and forehead size?  again...gotcha

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:54 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

  Is that right Bahb?  I appreciate you reading all of my posts; that's really cute.  People pick their hair dye; not their skin color.  I like to point out poor personal decisions rather than traits someone is born with.  I like the Cowboys; Mets, Orangemen and like to watch the Heat lose if you must know.  Did you have to use the thesauras when you wrote your post?

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:30 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

you are a in point? you're the half wit

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:26 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

The Celtics would have trouble with such a team. Phoenix has owned Boston on a pretty consistent basis lately. However, the thing Phoenix has had, while trying to outscore teams without playing defense, was good shooters. Carmelo, as he currently plays, is a good scorer but not a good shooter. This New York team also doesn't have anybody like Steve Nash. So this New York team won't be able to play quite the same as Phoenix. When you don't shoot well, you need to make it up with more possessions, which means having to play some defense. If this New York team doesn't do that, and I don't see it happening overnight (i.e., this season), they aren't going to get too far into the postseason.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:22 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

ah...scbull...the classic blogger know-it-all elitist that goes from article to article bashing the players they are written about.  a guy with no true fanship at all which frees him up to bash everyone else's favorite teams/players.  sigh...
to you "name calling" is a no-no but its cool to make fun of elway's teeth, shockey's talent, billy hunter's hair, or phil dawson's forehead.  gotcha.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:10 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

D'Antoni is building the Phoenix Suns part 2........same basic principle of hoping to plain outscore opposing teams and play zero defense. I guess we'll see if it works the 2nd time around? 

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:06 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Generally those of average or lesser intelligence resort to name calling and yelling when they are wrong.  Oddly enough you would think the yelling and name calling would subside a little once they realize they are wrong; but it is actually just the opposite.  The half wit learns to argue by yelling because in some cases it throws off the other person of superior intelligence.  I worked with a guy like that and it became kind of fun once I realized his game.  Nothing like watching someone about to pop while u smile at them in a demeaning manor while they scream.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:03 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

I hope to God you are sterile
judging by your profile name we can safely assume you are not, "Latin"

you get your little feelings hurt pretty easily, huh?

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 7:00 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Listen and pay close attention Bahn Gator

First off, you know that resorting to profanity or racist remarks proves 100% your lack of intelligence.  Are you intimidated by latinos or something?  Did your mother run off with a latin man?  I feel for you.
it is Bahb, not Bahn you idiotic greaseball.  you typing in some sort of latino tongue, holmes?

The only reason Cleveland got all of that was because after the Decision, LBJ wanted to do something to make sure the Cavs didn't go away empty handed.  BUT that had nothing to do with James wanting to help the Cavs, and everything to do with trying to improve his reputation.
love how you contradict yourself here.  Lebron wanted to give the cavs some parting gifts, yet he didn't want to help them?  uh, wrong on both counts, chico.  the trade was all about contract value, not goodwill.  also, lebron didn't have to give the cavs squat.  he was a free agent.  look up "free agent" and read what it means.

Melo never held out.
neither did Lebron James



You bet your ass.
this doesnt even make sense.  but i will indulge you with another question in response.  if the cavs ownership were so smart and such shrewd businessmen, could they not have made a better pitch to Lebron than "you are an ohio guy and you should be loyal?"  says a lot about that sorry franchise that a player would take less than max money just to get out.  why should he be loyal?  because the cavs happened to get the #1 draft pick the year lebron came out?  you will have to do a lot better than that, dan gilbert...

Carmelo essentially did the same thing in a nutshell.  He was not happy with the direction of the Nuggets franchise and wanted to go elsewhere to shoot for a title.  you and the other haters are clinging to the Lebron "decision" espn special because it is all you got.  he did not screw cleveland.  he simply acted in an immature manner when doing the tv bit.  he even admitted as much himself.  get over it.  if you don't like your place of employment, you would go elsewhere.  happens everyday.  these guys just do it on a magnified and more public scale.

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