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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: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:23 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Nobody lost in this trade. NY got what they wanted, denver got alot of pieces they can move or keep plus some money. Billups is a BIG piece to that trade. He is a very good PG,still got game, getting up in age but can teach the young bucks alot. This is a work in progress for the knicks but there going in the right direction. THANK GOD CURRY IS GOOOOOOOOOOONE! BUM BUM BUM, i hope noone is stupid enough to pick up this guy. I hope i see him in 2 years washing cars for a living or straightening the top shelf at a supermarket cause thats all you good for you stupid peice of $%^!!!! Tell you what though, Knicks have a good chance of advancing to the 2nd round of the playoffs this year. All n all im happy wit what went down. 1 last note. Isaiah Thomas STAY THE F#%K AWAY FROM THE NEW YORK KNICKS, WE DONT NEED YOU OR WANT YOU WITHIN 20 BLOCK RADIUS OF MSG. YOU HAD UR CHANCE AND YOU BLEW IT. DONNIE WALSH HAS MY FULL RESPECT UNLIKE U. WALSH DESERVES BETTER THAN TO HAVE TO HEAR ALL THIS GARBAGE ABOUT U COMING BACK AND TAKING HIS JOB. REMEMBER YOU HAD IT AND HOW DID THAT TURN OUT. MARBURY ,CURRY, AND SEXUAL HARRASMENT. NEVER COME BACK HERE, EVER EVER EVER EVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER!!!!!

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:23 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

ANY team that can take down Miami is my new favorite team. 
Mellow and Stud did it right. 
LeBron just screwed Cleveland sideways and he still hasn't gotten his Karma payback. 
That will be massive. 
How'd that slam in your face taste LeBron? 
Kobe owns you.
so many stupid things to point out in this post...not sure I have time to elaborate on all of them but I will pick on 2:

1. how did LeBron screw Cleveland?  he was an unrestricted free agent and able to sign wherever he pleased.  he also tripled that franchise's value in the 7 years he gave them.   Amare S. essentially did the same thing (unrestricted free agent) by signing where he pleased.    
2.  Carmelo "did it right" by dragging this stuff out during the regular season and holding 3 teams hostage in the process?  uh, okay...

having the stars all play together is awesome for the NBA and fun to watch for fans.  i personally don't give an F how these guys conduct their business but I find it odd that people are so quick to judge them for it.  Knicks are trying to do the same thing that Boston and Miami did.  However, Miami gets shredded while Boston and NY get lauded.  strange to me

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:15 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

All I know is that when Carmelo plays in NY he scores a average of 30 Points a Game. If you add Felton-Chandler-Mozgov Points per game they dont even come close to Melo's NY Average. So like someone Posted here when this all adds up we Lost Gallarni and his scoring. This is a Great Trade for both Knicks and Nuggets. The Knicks now are a Contender instead of a 500 Team. Stoudamire and Melo great combo. Fields is a upcoming young very good Player. Billups is up there in age but he will equal Feltons output of 17 points per Game. We will be weak at Center with Turiaf. I hope the Knicks have something in mind there. What caught my intrest is this guy Corey Brewer. This is a nice surprise. He seems to be a young Forwad with a great upside. Stoudamire-Carmelo-Turiaf-Billups-F


 Now we can compete. I wish we could pick up a defensive Center by Thursday but if not Turiaf goes out everyday and bangs his body and that will have to be good enough. The Bench will hold its own with Dougls-Brewer-Williams-Azubuike if healty. Pretty light bench but now I believe we will make Playoff noise. This is a Upgrade from our 500 Team.

The Bookies took notice. The Knicks overnight went from 20 to 1 to win East Championship to 8 to 1. There is always HOPE

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:15 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

There are many teams still better nobody is denying that they still need a chris paul or better yet a dwight howard because they don't have any big men to have some chance and still they might need another piece. This is coming from a knick fan but I played basketball all my life so I know the truth. You still need surrounding pieces around stars also.

Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:05 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Sorry, but the Celtics and the Bulls are still better. 

There's no legit player to run the point for the Knicks anymore.  This means that their hopes of going deep into the playoffs are slim because they won't have an answer for the Rondos and Roses of the Eastern Conference. They're going to have to wait til the offseason to pick someone up. Too bad that all the players are going to be 2 years older the next time the league picks back up. It's a shame.

With that said...

It's going to be an exciting postseason before the lockout. I see the conferences shaping up like this:

1. Heat
2. Bulls
3. Celtics
4. Hawks
5. Knicks
6. Magic
7. Sixers
8. Pacers

1. Spurs
2. Lakers
3. Mavs
4. Thunder
5. Hornets
6. Blazers
7. Nuggets (Yes, because they picked up some talent)
8. Jazz

Heat will beat the Bulls in the Eastern Finals
Lakers will beat the Spurs in the Western Finals.

I hate to say it (because I hate Lebron and Bosh since they're a coupla divas), but the Heat will live up to the hype and win the championship. This will reshape the entire NBA forever.


Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 5:02 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

The only problem that they are going to have is defense. Yes neither one is big on defense. But that does not mean they don’t know how. Everyone that hates on the Knicks are probably the same people that were hating on the HEAT. Don’t blame other teams for the lack of your team going for the big names. And for all those who are saying that they can’t co-exist. Really look at the Heat tell me two bigger ball hogs than Wade and LeBron. They make it work it is all about coaching. It takes a good coach to make players play well together. My biggest fear for this Knicks team is the rumors that Isaiah Thomas might go back to running operations in the Knicks. If this is true I will no longer be a Knicks fan I cannot go thru another decade of failure thanks to that moron. Great player horrible executive. Zeke give it up no one wants you in the Big Apple. Stay at FIU. I live in Miami and no one cares about that team.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:52 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

ANY team that can take down Miami is my new favorite team.
Mellow and Stud did it right.
LeBron just screwed Cleveland sideways and he still hasn't gotten his Karma payback.
That will be massive.
How'd that slam in your face taste LeBron?
Kobe owns you.

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:48 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

 is just another New York hater. That Celtics run is coming to an end real soon buddy!!! And Yes, Most real Knick fans know that this trade was not made for us to win a championship this year, but to set us up for a future run, starting next year haters.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:46 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

CHEMISTRY PROBLEM??????  No no david.  These guys want to win.  They're good friends.  They have been  for a while.  They are not prima donnas.  Stat handles himself like a true gentleman!!!!!!!!!

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:43 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

There could be a chemistry problem in NY. Melo and Amar'e are both definitely divas when it comes to assessing their own worth. We'll see. If they co-exist well...they are as dangerous as any two players in the league, and Billups is a terrific distributor and spot shooter....again, IF he is happy about being drug along with Melo to NY. Landry Fields is going to be a very solid all-around pro and the kind of guy every team needs. Turiaf is OK...nothing special.

The bigger problem will be supporting cast and depth. So...the Knicks have definitely improved and are solidly in the running in the East. But there are risks involved and the NY media tends to magnify those risks. It will be interesting.  

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