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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: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:35 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

SCP you are clueless here. Chauncey Billups comes off the books for almost 15 million next season. Chris Paul is going to opt out in 2012 and he is due to make about 18 million so he will look for a max contract that will be around that 18-20 million per year. The Knicks clear Billups then they dont have to clear that much more room to sign Paul to a max deal.

They would still have Landy Fields and Tony Douglas who are nice role players. They would look around to add a big body but that isnt the most difficult thing to do.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:35 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Great trade for both teams!  Denver made out like a bandit considering they were close to getting nothing if Melo had walked.  Amare and Melo are going to be a large problem for all the other NBA teams on offense.  Do not let both of them get going in the same game!!  The reaction may be to go at both of them on the defensive end and foul them out.  They wont be able to score sitting on the bench!!  The teams from the East or going to be sore when they get to the finals.  Both the Heat and Knicks are going to be legit title contenders after they get their role players set.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:24 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

i think its great how people are already saying when cp3 or deron williams join theyll have their own big 3....yeah, in amare and melo alone theyll be on the books for 40 mil per season depending on what happens with the new CBA i doubt theyll have enough room to get the last piece of the "big 3", THAN get a bench to back them up....OK...not gonna happen....just another move by Dolan to f up what Walsh was starting to get done....

Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:12 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

I don't understand how people are saying this is a bad trade?? Everyone made out on this deal. The knicks have 2 top 10 players on their team. Sure they aren't going to play any defense but when have they ever? As long as D-antnoi is the coach the Knicks will be playing games 120-115. They gave up little- Felton who was a 2 year rental until the can land CP3 or D-Williams. CHandler is a free agent after this year. From Russia with Love?? This guy only started seeing some playing time recently. Gallo is the only one you might of not watred to let go BUT you can't even compare Melo to Gallo!

With all those players the Knicks were 2 games above .500 in the EAST. The Knicks are not going to win a championship this year or the next. BUt this team hasn't made the playoffs in 10 years! They are heading in the right direction and they will be a dangerous team. Trust me none of the big teams in the East are going to want to see the Knicks in the first round.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:03 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

You have to wonder how Chauncey Billups is feeling. One of the reasons the trade to Denver happened was because he wanted play out the rest of his career in his home town. Going to the Big Apple is not the best thing for a lot of athletes and I suspect this will be the case with the mild mannered Billups. Aside from that what great news for the Knicks.

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:57 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

I think this trade is great for all teams involved. I think it will take some time for Amare and Carmelo to gel but they will be awesome to watch. I think having a veteran point guard like Chauncey Billups will be huge because he will know when and where to get these guys the ball and he can space the floor with his outside shooting. Chauncey is a proven leader and winner and that will be huge for the team. 

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:39 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Everyone is entitled to their opinions but it is so funny how people are negative about this deal. Some are just plain hatin'. Melo and Amar'e are dangerous together on the court and the Knicks are finally starting to make moves to be a force once again. Say what you want about this deal but I will wait until I see how it looks on the floor before making any judgements. If you want one from me, here it is. This was a solid team and the rest of the league better beware, the New York Knicks are back! 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:38 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Felton & Amare had built up some really good chemistry so far this season, Chandler will be missed, as will Dino! This is a big swap to make at this point in the year, to mesh in all those pieces....I can't nor can anyone else predict how Denver & New York will do from this point on but i can guarantee both Amare & Carmelo's numbers personally will drop.You can't have two #1 options.

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:32 pm

This is going to BAD

No way these two co-exist together. They are two of the biggest narcissists on the planet. One ball is not enough. I'm gonna love watching the eventual meltdon. Can't wait!

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:32 pm

Amar'e welcomes Carmelo to New York

Slaughterica...Really dude??? They gave up a bunch of easily replaceable role players and nothing more.  For you to suggest that they "won't win anything" before they have even played a single game together shows your ignorance.  Run down the top 15 players in the NBA right now and Amare and Carmelo are both on that list.  How many other NBA frachises can say that right now.  Add to the equation that next February (barring a lock out) they either get Williams or Paul and you have the makings of a team that will give the Heat fits for years to come. If the Knicks biggest challenge ahead of them is replacing Gallinari and Felton I would say this might be one of the best trades this franchise has ever made.  Other than that you are completetly right in your "analysis."   

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